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High Five Spirits to Open New Distillery and Events Venue in Petoskey – 9 & 10 News

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Craft cocktail drinkers have a new spot to visit this summer.

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View from the tasting room balcony

High Five Spirits—the creators of Gypsy Vodka—are renovating the Bay Harbor Equestrian Club into a brand new distillery and events venue.

“This is the most exciting build that I think the three of us have done to date,” said partner and Director of Operations Michael Kolkmeyer.

Soon to be known as Gypsy Farms—after Gypsy Vodka—the property sits on nearly 23 acres, overlooking Little Traverse Bay.

“Renovations are slated to begin, probably the early part of next week,” said Kolkmeyer. “There’s a lot of space here, it’s not all earmarked with what it’s going to be purposed for, but we think it will come in handy.”

Preserving the originality and feel of the former equestrian club was important to them.

The riding room will become the spot for a new beer-garden and the stables will turn into private bourbon rooms.

Even the tack room will serve as the new distillery and tasting room.

“They’ll see that, you know, there’s no other property like this, at least that I’ve ever been to, so it’s really important to keep as much as we can,” said High Five Spirits Co-Founder Michael Kazanowski. “A lot of what you’re going to see here, like the horse stalls and everything are original.”

From humble beginnings to now, this is a huge expansion for High Five Spirits.

“We started off as a small company out of Colorado, my twin brother and I self-funded this and lived out of a van, working at music festivals—so having the opportunity to move into a 42,000 square foot facility really allows us to upgrade our distilling capabilities,” said Kazanowski.

Gypsy Farms is set to officially open in June.

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Vancouver’s annual celebration of B.C. spirits resumes in 2022

Vancouver's annual celebration of B.C. spirits resumes in 2022

It’s time to raise our glasses again after a two-year pause.

It’s once again time to raise our collective glasses to the best of British Columbia-made spirits, as BC Distilled returns this spring after its two-year “pandemic pause.”

The festival will take place over several days in early April, culminating in the signature tasting event, with two sessions, on April 9.

“We are overjoyed to be returning after two years off. The event will be a little smaller, a little quieter, with several new distilleries and lots of new spirits for people to try,” stated Alex Hamer, the festival’s founder. “BC Distilled brings together our province’s great community of distillers and spirit fans, and I know we’re all looking forward to getting together after this long break.”

The first opportunity to get together at BC Distilled will be April 6 for a B.C. Whisky Tasting, hosted by writer and Canadian whisky expert Davin de Kergommeaux, and held at Copperpenny Distillery in North Vancouver. Next, the popular Distillers Dinner returns to Vancouver’s acclaimed Forage restaurant on April 8. Forage Executive Chef Welbert Choi will feature five cocktail and spirit samples from B.C. distilleries, paired with five terroir-based courses. An optional cocktail reception preceding the dinner will take place next door at Forage’s sibling spot BeSide, with a sixth distillery providing cocktails.

The main draw, however, is the tasting sessions. There will be two ticketed public tasting sessions on April 9; an afternoon option from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and an evening tasting from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Both BC Distilled public tastings take place at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver. 

In addition to some beloved returning participants, the 2022 BC Distilled event will feature some first-timers. 

BC Distilled 2022 participating distilleries and exhibitors:

  • Alchemist Distiller
  • Ampersand Distilling Company
  • Bespoke Spirits House
  • Bruinwood Estate Distillery
  • Callister Craft Soda
  • Copperpenny Distilling
  • DEVINE Distillery
  • Fernie Distillers
  • Forbidden Spirits Distilling Corp
  • Indigenous World Spirits
  • Lavish Liquid
  • Lucid Spirits Distilling Co.
  • Mad Laboratory Distilling
  • Maple Leaf Spirits Inc.
  • Misguided Spirits Craft Distillery
  • Mixers and Elixirs
  • Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery
  • Montis Distilling
  • Odd Society Spirits
  • One Foot Crow
  • Resurrection Spirits
  • Shelter Point Distillery
  • Sons of Vancouver Distillery
  • Stillhead Distillery Inc.
  • The Dubh Glas Distillery
  • Tumbleweed Spirits
  • Wayward Distillery
  • Wiseacre Farm Distillery


Ticket sales for BC Distilled open March 1, 2022.

BC Distilled 2022

When: April 6, 8, and 9, 2022

Where: Multiple locations in Vancouver and North Vancouver

Tickets: Purchase online via BC Distilled