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Michigan Distilled Festival Set For Late September, To Celebrate Craft Spirits And Cocktails

The Michigan Craft Distillers Association recently announced the return of the Michigan Distilled Festival, a one-day event featuring craft spirits and cocktails from its members around the Great Lakes State.

The big event is slated for Friday, Sept. 23rd, from 6-10 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market.

Among several events, there’s going to be a VIP Hour (5-6 p.m.) which will offer guests an enhanced experience with handcrafted cocktails and a chance to meet with local bartenders and mixologists.

The stills at Journeyman (image via Journeyman Distilling)

Those VIP tickets are $75 each and include five 3-ounce batch cocktails (or ¼-ounce samples of spirits available from each respective distillery), one handcrafted cocktail (available only during the 5-6 p.m. hour) and one food item, along with a swag bag and commemorative logoed cup.

General Admission tickets to the Festival are $40 and include five 3-ounce batch cocktails or ¼-ounce samples of spirits available from each respective distillery.

Additional tasting tickets will be available at the festival for $20 (for five additional 3-ounce samples).

Food trucks, specialty food, non-alcoholic beverage vendors, and handcrafted items will be available for additional costs as well.

The festival will feature live music throughout the event, and a schedule will be released by the end of August, according to organizers. All those attending must be 21 and have a valid photo ID for entry and the event will be held, rain or shine.

Tickets are now on sale now at

The Michigan Craft Distillers Association formed in 2014 as a non-profit organization charged with marketing the individual member businesses, their products and events, and bringing a voice for the industry when it comes to legislative issues that affect the overall beverage industry. More than two dozen craft distilleries with 40 individual locations and tasting rooms around the state take part.

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