Making alcohol is science, but making a spirit is an art. The vision behind those in this burgeoning industry, according to Don Coe, former partner at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay is “small, hand crafted, regional products produced by artisans and sold at our farm by people who care.” Through this talk by Rick Sigsby, get a glimpse of the artist at work in the Michigan distillery industry! Take a rollicking visit back to Prohibition and beyond with a look at the history of alcohol, backgrounds on each of the “essential spirits,” the myths and mysteries of alcohol, and hear highlights from interviews with the distillery owners, managers and head distillers.
Author, Rick Sigsby is a retired Park Ranger, writer, and part-time owner of racehorses. He writes a weekly column titled Rick Off the Record and is the author of Michigan’s Holy Spirits: The Great Lakes Distillery Bible, Michigan’s Holy Water: The Great Lakes Wine Bible and Michigan’s Holy Hops: The Great Lakes Beer Bible. Books will be available for purchase after the program for those who would like one.
This is a Lunchtime Learners program. To register, call 633-3700 by 9:00am on the day of the program or register online now. Please be sure to specify if registering for the program only or the program and lunch. Attendees planning to have lunch need to arrive by 11:30am at Trailside. Space is limited in the room, so please call ahead to reserve a spot. Lunches are by suggested donation for those over 60, or $6 for those under 60, payable at the door.