BLACK STAR FARMS DISTILLERY
As an expression of the region’s agricultural heritage, you will find a taste of northern Michigan in a bottle of our cherry brandy. Made of just cherries mashed into juice, we add a little yeast to begin fermentation and distill it into a pure, clear 80-proof spirit. Black Star Farms produces brandies from the best local cherries, pears, plums, raspberries, and grapes. We also make a barrel-aged apple brandy that spends three to five years in French and American oak.
Our distillery operation began in 1999 on our farm in Suttons Bay. Our fruit-based brandies are generally known as eau de vie-style spirits, a staple in some European countries. Eau de vie is French for “water of life”. The spirits are clear and represent the pure essence of fermented fruit. The balance of fruit and alcohol reflects both the artisan skill of the distiller and the quality of fruit. Our local fruit is some of the best in the world, and our distillation method retains the beautiful characteristics found in these fruits. At the precise time, when the distiller feels it is optimum to showcase the “spirit” of the fruit; the brandy is bottled, often a single barrel at a time.
In Europe, brandies are often consumed as digestifs because they are believed to help settle the stomach after a large meal. They can also be used in cocktails, just like vodka, gin, and whiskey. Black Star Farms offers seasonal craft cocktails made with our wines and spirits. Brandy can also be incorporated into savory sauces or used as a garnish to finish desserts.
Sample or purchase our spirits in our Traverse City area tasting rooms.
- Pear and its Spirit
- Spirit of Pear
- Spirit of Cherry
- Cerasus (Barrel-Aged Cherry Brandy)
- Spirit of Apple Blanco
- Spirit of Apple (Barrel-Aged)
- Spirit of Raspberry
- Spirit of Plum
- Spirit of Honey
- Spirit of Vineyard Red Grappa
Live in Illinois? You can now purchase our apple, pear, and cherry brandies online through Spirit Hub!