If owners Brandon Vorhees and Steve Vander Pol have their way, West Michigan will not only be know for top of the line craft beer, but for gin and vodka as well.
The pair open Grey Skies Distillery March 17th inside what was once a run down industrial building located at 700 Ottawa Ave in downtown Grand Rapids. Inside the 10,000 sq ft space will be a bar and tasting space with space for 49.
The business public launch will be held from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17.
The grand opening will offer a menu of 3 selections:
- Green: (aka Chief Noonday) – vodka, cucumber, cilantro, lime, and a hint of jalapeño.
- White: (aka Rowster Russian) – vodka, house made coffee liqueur made from Rowster’s beans, cream (optional).
- Orange-ish: (aka Bishop Baraga) – barrel finished hopped gin, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, thyme simple syrup.
After the grand opening, the tasting room will have a rotating cocktail list while maintaining the 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. window on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. No food will be offered presently, but in the future that may change.
“We want to be a place where you can come and get a nice cocktail, do a tasting and learn about spirits,” Voorhees said, noting they plan to give free 45-minute Saturday tours prior to regular business hours. “We want people to get excited about locally made spirits and show them how much better they are than the mass production products.”
Events can booked inside the tasting room at the distillery for parties of 50 people or less.
The firm’s vodkas and gin will soon be available in local stores.
About Grey Skies Distillery
Gray Skies spirits are a distillation of the Midwest, Michigan, Grand Rapids and our neighborhood. We are a small batch distillery sitting in Grand Rapids North Monroe industrial district, a place with a long tradition of making things. We chose this area to continue this tradition. We make spirits simply because we love doing it and we hand bottle everything we make in Grand Rapids because we love being here. Our grains and malt come from Michigan farmers.