GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – Grand Rapids first every distillery, Long Road Distillers, visited in studio to mix up a few cocktails with unexpected combinations, like pink peppercorns and lemon! Longtime friends Kyle Van Strien and Jon O’Connor are self proclaimed “neighborhood boys” who love West Michigan and have done a lot of work in the community. They always wanted to start a business and decided it was time for Grand Rapids to have a distillery. What makes Long Road special? Everything they serve has been hand crafted by them for you! Fresh squeezed juice, small batch ginger beers, everything made by starting with the raw ingredient. All the grains they use for the liquors are sourced within 30 miles of Grand Rapids, it doesn’t get much more local than that!
Besides tasty liquors, Long Road has awesome food! Kyle and Jon explain that, “You’ll come for the drinks and stay for the food. But the food will keep you coming back!” The menu is small and concise, but filled with yummy and unique dishes with local ingredients. Everything from munchies like deviled eggs and shrimp cocktail to heavier plates like kielbasa and large salads. They whip up a few menu favorites for Rachael and show off a very cool gift idea. Their “bathtub gin kit” is a great cocktail box with a Prohibition theme. It includes a botanical kit to infuse the Long Road vodka, instructions, and everything you need to mix up your own Prohibition vodka. All proceeds go to the Grand Rapids Public Musesum. Find out everything about Long Road Distillers by clicking here!
Looking for New Year’s Eve plans? Celebrate the New Year in The Rickhouse at Long Road Distillers!
Cocktails, food, music and a one-of-a-kind ball drop are all included with your $25 ticket!
Join Long Road for :
- A Sparkling Cocktail Toast at midnight
- A Slider Bar with all the fixins
- LRD Drunkin’ Truffle Dessert
- Music to get you moving on the record player, spun by local talents Return of Sparkle Motion (Eric Schmieder, Jeff Finan, and Jason Richardson)
- A VERY special, Long Road edition, ball drop from 3 stories up in the distillery atrium!
And, before you head upstairs at 10 p.m., join them downstairs for Shrimp Cocktails (4/$10) with a house Cocktail Sauce made with our horseradish infused vodka, and vynil tunes spun by Dan Climie and Benjamin Davey!