Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids is known for its beer, but the area's latest handcrafted drinks start pouring this week at the city's first microdistillery.
Fourteen months ago, the owners of Long Road Distillers wondered why Grand Rapids had no place that sold its own spirits.
"We asked ourselves, 'Why is nobody else doing this?' and we decided we should do it," explained Kyle Van Strien, one of the owners.
On Thursday, Grand Rapids gets its first handcrafted vodka, gin, and whiskey.
The restaurant and distillery lets you sit at their long wooden bar to eat and try one of their many cocktails.
Behind a giant glass window, large copper stills can be seen. "This is our production area here, so everything you see here helps us make alcohol," Van Strien said.
The process starts with locally-grown grain.