Handcrafted Passport Press Release


Handcrafted Passport

The Holland Area Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the launch of a “Handcrafted Passport” featuring breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries in the greater Holland area.

“With the ‘handcrafted’ and ‘keeping-it-local’ scene becoming increasingly popular, the time was ripe to launch this initiative,” said Sally Laukitis, Executive Director of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau. “The objective is to have a beverage, hear the individual establishment’s story, and learn about their handcrafted product.  Having a ‘passport’ (that includes a place to jot down tasting notes), provides a handy reference for visitors and locals alike.”  Community Outreach Director, Linda Hart, worked with the local artisans for over a year to put the passport together.

The passport is free and available to anyone (21 and over) who enjoys artisan beverages. Passports can be picked up at the Holland Area Visitors Bureau (78 East 8th Street) or can be mailed within the continental U.S.

When one takes the Passport to a participating establishment, it will be stamped with each artisan’s specially designed stamp; those collecting all of the stamps can return their Passport to the Visitors Bureau for verification. Once verified, the Passport holder will receive a custom-stamped “Handcrafted in Holland” bar blade, compliments of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau. Passports can also be mailed to the Visitors Bureau for verification and will be returned along with the bar blade.  

The Passport is currently being promoted in a display at the New Buffalo Welcome Center; beginning June 6 it will also be promoted at the Coldwater Welcome Center.

Participating establishments include:

Bam! Brewing
Big Lake Brewing
Brewery 4TWO4
Coppercraft Distillery
Great Legs Winery Brewery Distillery
Hopland Brewstillery 
Macatawa Ale Company
New Holland Brewing Company
Our Brewing Company
Warner Wines

Crane’s Pie Pantry, Restaurant & Winery
 Fenn Valley Winery
Virtue Cider

Farmhaus Cider
White Flame Brewing

Tripel Root

(The Passport includes a disclaimer reminding participants to drink responsibly and take advantage of alternative transportation options.)