Whiskey without whine: retail food and beverage merchants are crafting a new industry from coast to coast built on an American tradition eating and drinking local better for you food. The grocerant niche consisting of ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat fresh and prepared food is perfectly complemented by the growth of Micro-distilleries. A micro-distillery is a small distillery that produces beverage grade alcohol in small amounts.
While American consumers have embraced craft beer brewing for years restaurants are leveraging the creative local brewed beer options into community edifying joint sustainability. Today micro-distilleries producing small-batch vodka’s, gin and whiskey are garnering attention from consumers in search of local, authentic food and beverage options once again.
Coast to coast micro-distilleries are cropping up. In Washington State you can find Dry Fly Distillery (Spokane) making it’s mark along with Fremont Mischief Distillery (Seattle). In Maine, New England Distilling (Portland) and Spirits of Maine Distillery (Gouldsboro) continue building success. High Spirits Distillery is located in Flagstaff, AZ and Cristal Clear Spirits can be found in Key Largo, FL.
Micro-distilleries are fast becoming highly intoxicating for local investor groups seeking return on investments that they can monitor, nurtured and consumed locally. Blending food and beverage options that are “better for you” because they are local, authentic, and home grown is as American as Apple Pie.