Iron Fish Distillery, Michigan’s first farm distillery, is a growing tourism destination in its state, seeing over 125,000 guests annually to its agricultural end destination. This, coupled with increased demand for its craft whiskeys and other spirits, has motivated those there to allocate $900,000 towards aggressive growth that includes a major commitment to triple production capacity of its estate whiskey.
The growth plans, as outlined by Iron Fish, will include an investment to increase the amount of grain the distillery will purchase from Michigan farms to 725,000 pounds annually, increasing the number of growers supplying Iron Fish from six to 10 farms, including Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where rye grain has been sourced since 2015.
New distillery production equipment is on order, and is scheduled to be operational in early 2023.
“Our expansion is possible because Michigan consumers and retailers are embracing local,” said Richard Anderson, Co-Owner of the family-owned farm distillery, in a prepared statement, “and this project will dramatically increase our ability to source ingredients from Michigan growers in the production of our spirits and food and beverage offerings.”
Since 2015, Iron Fish has grown and harvested grain on its farm, as well as purchased grain from Michigan farmers to distill spirits and age whiskey. While waiting for its estate whiskeys to age, Iron Fish distilled vodka and gin from Michigan grain and also sourced whiskey for its celebrated line of barrel finished whiskeys, created and aged in three barrel rack houses on the farm.
Alongside this announcement the distillery also showcased its new Mad Angler brand of estate whiskeys. These include Mad Angler Bourbon, Mad Angler Rye Whiskey, Mad Angler Bottled in Bond Whiskey, each aged over 4 years and distilled from grain grown at Iron Fish and Michigan farms.