Amir Haririan stands next to some of the equipment he uses to distill alcohol. Haririan is the owner of Artesian Distillers, and will be opening a distilliery in Whitehall.

WHITEHALL – The White Lake Area, in recent years, has become a hot bed for craft alcohol, and will soon be adding a distillery to its growing number of establishments.

It first started in 2007 with the Bardic Wells Meadery opening up in Montague, and then in 2014 Fetch Brewing Co. opened its doors in downtown Whitehall. With no set date to open Artesian Distillers will be coming to the area.

Owner Amir Haririan is moving his operations from Grand Rapids to Whitehall after his business the Hemingway Lounge was forced to close.

“Our initial building [it] was sold, so we were forced to move to a new location. So it kind of opened up some doors to seek another place where we could just buy the building instead of just leasing all the time,” said Haririan.

“So we purchased this one. For me it has been a really good neighborhood, to come here and see the community of Whitehall, the lake, the tourism, and Grand Rapids is really just too big for me.”

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