Black Star Farms is located in the Grand Traverse Bay area of Northern Michigan. This region is justly known for fruit cultivation fostered by glacially carved lakes and hills and a climate tempered by Lake Michigan. Our small specialty distillery operation began in 1999 on our farm in Suttons Bay. In 2007 we moved the still to our Old Mission facility and we began production of brandies again in 2008.
Our fruit-based brandies capture the essence of Northern Michigan fruit and they are generally known as eau de vie style spirits. Eau de vie (fruit brandy) 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 the fruit. We produce brandies from local cherries, apricots, pears, plums, raspberries and grapes. We also produce a barrel-aged apple brandy that is aged for three to five years, using both French and American oak. At the precise time the distiller feels is optimum to showcase the “spirit” of the fruit, the brandy is bottled – often a single barrel at a time, or in very small lots.
Our spirits can be sampled at any of our three tasting rooms in the Grand Traverse Bay region. Truly artisan-based products, our eau-de-vie spirits are an exquisite balance of fruit and alcohol that capture the essence of prime ripe fruit from our little corner of Northern Michigan.
We regret that our brandies are not available for online ordering. You may purchase through select retailers and in our tasting rooms.