Council Members and Meetings

The Council

Gary McDowell (non-voting member)
Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Richard Anderson
Representing small distillers
Iron Fish Distillery

Michael Beck
Representing wine makers that primarily manufacture cider
Uncle John’s Cider Mill

Scott Graham
Representing micro brewers or brewpub license holders
Michigan Brewers Guild

Jim Holton
Representing restaurants that hold a class C license and serve Michigan wines, beer, or spirits
Mountain Town Station Restaurant & Brew Pub

Brian Lesperance
Representing wine makers
Fenn Valley Vineyards

Erin Walton
Representing retail food establishments that hold a specifically designated merchant license and sell Michigan wines or beer

Zachary Owen
Representing a distiller that manufactures more than 60,000 gallons of spirits per year
Temperance Distilling

Robert Jacobson
Representing wine makers
Leelanau Wine Cellars

Council Meetings

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council meets four times a year to support the progress of the industry, drive promotional efforts, and approve research projects. To view upcoming meeting notices and locations, as well as approved agendas and minutes, visit

This is the official website of the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. The Council has the mission to provide for research into Michigan agricultural products, such as fruits, hops and barley that are used in the production of Michigan wine, cider, beer, spirits and mixed spirit drinks.