Lansing State Journal, 11/5/2008
A new state law freeing up restrictions on the distilling of liquor could fuel the growth of Michigan’s liquor-producing industry.
According to excerpts from the article:
So far, there are 11 distilleries in Michigan, including Michigan Brewing Co. in Webberville, Uncle John's Cider Mill in St. Johns and a research distillery run by Michigan State University.
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States expects U.S. revenue to spirits makers to reach $19 billion this year. Revenue rose 5.6 percent to $18.2 billion in 2007, the Washington-based group reported earlier this year.
Michigan residents spend $800 million to $850 million a year on spirits, said Kris Berglund, a professor at MSU who teaches how-to distilling workshops and runs his research lab out of Michigan Brewing Co.
"We produce less than 1/20 of a percent of that," he said.