Lansing’s first distillery wants to nurse Michigan’s cocktail culture

Jun 30, 2015

A new company is helping to build a craft spirits movement in Michigan. April Van Buren visits Lansing’s first craft distillery, American Fifth Spirits.


Michigan is known for its craft beer scene. The state has over 150 breweries spread out from the northern Upper Peninsula to the Motor City. A growing number of entrepreneurs are trying to build on the success of craft beer industry to make Michigan the center of the burgeoning craft distilling movement as well.

The operation has been making and distributing its Hue vodka for a couple of years, and just opened up a distillery and tasting room this May.

Current State’s April Van Buren speaks with American Fifth Spirits president and head distiller Rick Wyble and sales executive Mike Bird.