Normally the two have partnered to host a spirit and chocolate tasting inside Long Road Distillers, but this year they've decided to make the experience more comfortable at home.
"Under normal circumstances, we'd have folks sign up and come here for pairing and a seating," said Kyle VanStrien, Co-Owner, Long Road Distillery. "We'd sell out three or four different seatings throughout the evening on Valentine's evening, this year under the current circumstances we're transitioning that from an in-person tasting to an at-home tasting."
The tasting features a variety of Long Road Distiller's spirits and custom Mokaya Chocolates.
"This year, we're featuring our original rum, our orange liquor, our cherry liquor and our bourbon. So, four great spirits to pair with chocolates and four amazing chocolates that they've put together for us," said VanStrien. "They use the spirits that were sampling as some of the primary flavoring ingredients in the chocolate."
While the pairing kits come with enough for two, singles can enjoy the tasting while flying solo.
"You know, honestly, I would get this as a single, you know, it's something that you can enjoy over time," said VanStrien. "But it's, you know, four two-ounce bottles of spirit. So, it's not a crazy amount. As opposed to something when we're here in person. It is a lot more geared towards the couples. I think this is something that people can take and enjoy at home on their own." So, whether you are a single with a love for local spirits and chocolate, or you want to share the tasting experience with your partner - order soon! It tends to get busy for chocolatiers this time of year. "We're currently taking pre-orders for the chocolates and spirits kits through our website. But they can pre-order now because we have to work with Mokaya to make sure that they have all of the chocolates ready for us when Valentine's Day rolls around," said VanStrien. "This is one of their busiest holidays of the year too. So, we want to give them plenty of time to get the chocolates ready for us made with our spirits." The chocolate and spirit kits will be available for pick-up only at Long Road Distillers locations, including Grand rapids, Boyne City, and Grand Haven.