A city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee is a place to go if you love immersing yourself in beautiful architecture while taking a walk in the park. And if that’s not really your thing, don’t worry because you can always head down to the beach to soak your feet in the ocean or sunbathe. Afterwards, there are always some amazing music festivals that you can go and visit. While there are plenty of reasons to visit Milwaukee, one should never forget that this city is known as the beer capital of the world. This means that there are some amazing distilleries that you can visit during your trip and enjoy the best drinks Milwaukee has to offer. Here’s a rundown of the best distilleries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1. Great Lakes Distillery, LLC
This was the first distillery to open in Milwaukee since prohibition. It rose to fame after producing the award-winning Rehorst Vodka, Citrus Honey Vodka and many other spirits. Till this date, the Great Lakes distillery uses traditional methods because they believe that is the only way to create a superior product. Now open to daily tours, in the one-hour session, not only do guests learn about the history of the distillery and the drinks they produce, but see the process themselves. They also receive a package of six products to try and make their own judgement. If you’re not a drinker, the distillery will provide you with complimentary soda.
Great Lakes Distillery, LLC
Address: 616 W Virginia St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, United States
Website: Great Lakes Distillery, LLC
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 6pm (closed on Sun)
2. Central Standard Craft Distillery
Founded in 2014, Central Standard Craft Distillery is a small distillery known for their memorable products. With tours limited to 10 people per group, guests gain insight into the history of the distillery, how it came to be, and the spirits it produces. They also get to see the small-batch distilling process and get to taste drinks right in front of the stills that produce them, making the whole tour even more authentic. Sip your drink while learning how it’s made. After this, guests are escorted to a cosy room, where they can pick any cocktail from the ever-changing seasonal menu of the distillery and relax with a delicious drink in their hands.
Central Standard Craft Distillery
Address: 320 E Clybourn St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, United States
Website: Central Standard Craft Distillery
Opening hours: Fri - 6pm - 8pm; Sat: 2pm - 8pm; Sun: 1pm - 3pm (Closed on Mon - Thu)
3. Twisted Path Distillery
Twisted Path Distillery was founded in 2014. It is known for its organic spirits that are entirely made from scratch. There are also many gluten-free options available here. So as to create spirits with an incredible taste, the distillery uses premium organic ingredients, which are distilled in small and slow batches. During the tour, guests get to see this whole process as well as the raw ingredients used to create the drinks. At the end of the tour, they get to taste the entire line-up of Twisted Path’s spirits.
Twisted Path Distillery
Address: 2018 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53207, United States
Website: Twisted Path Distillery
Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 5pm - 11pm; Fri: 5pm - 12am; Sat: 1pm - 1am (closed on Sun, Mon & Tue)
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4. State Line Distillery
State Line Distillery was set up by John Mleziva because of his love for different spirits. During the one hour tour of the distillery, guests not only see the process behind the production of spirits, but also learn about the ingredients that go into making it and the impact they have on the flavour. At the end of the tour, they have a tasting session, where they get the opportunity to taste the distillery’s spirits. If interested, the distillery also offers cocktail classes led by State Line bartenders.
State Line Distillery
Address: 1413 Northern Ct, Madison, WI 53703, United States
Website: State Line Distillery
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 5pm - 12am (closed on Sat & Sun)
5. Yahara Bay Distillers Inc
After learning the process of distilling, Nick Quint founded Madison’s first distillery, Yahara Bay Distillers Inc. As a business that initially had only three products, today, Yahara Bay has over thirty products that are distributed in twenty different states. Despite gaining immense popularity, even till this day, the spirits at the distillery are crafted one batch at a time, using local products. Sometimes labels are applied by hand and are signed by the head distiller. During the tour, guests can see for themselves as spirits are made in small copper pots, and then taste the final product. They also have a tasting session, where they can order cocktails and spirit flights from the full tasting bar.
Yahara Bay Distillers Inc
Address: 6250 Nesbitt Rd #200, Madison, WI 53719, United States
Website: Yahara Bay Distillers Inc
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm; Sat: 12pm - 4pm (closed on Sun)
6. J. Henry & Sons Farm
J. Henry & Sons Farm is known for their bourbon, which is made in small batches and then aged for five years in barrels at the Henry farmstead. This is done because the distillers believe that the uncontrolled temperature in the barn allows the Wisconsin weather to work magic between the bourbon and the barrels, giving it an exquisite taste. The tour involves a brief history of the farm, tasting, and nosing. Light snacks are served for the guests, and they may order additional cocktails at a given price.
J. Henry & Sons Farm
Address: 7794 Patton Rd, Dane, WI 53529, United States
Website: J. Henry & Sons Farm
Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 12pm - 4pm (closed on Mon - Thu)
7. Dancing Goat Distillery
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Located on the outskirts of Madison, the Dancing Goat Distillery was a family endeavour that combines the art and science of distillation from the past with modern techniques. The tour of the distillery includes a visit to their spacious and comfortable tasting room, which has two flat-screen TVs inside. There’s plenty of seating for the guests, whether it be near the bar or outside. Guests can order any drink from their extensive menu of cocktails, which also has a seasonal section, all made from spirits produced at their distillery. While no other craft drinks are allowed, you won’t need anything else apart from the amazing drinks the bar serves.
Dancing Goat Distillery
Address: 909 Vineyard Drive, Cambridge, WI 53523, United States
Website: Dancing Goat Distillery
Opening hours: Fri: 2pm - 8pm; Sat: 12pm - 8pm; Sun: 12pm - 4pm (closed on Mon - Thu)
8. Doundrins Distilling
Established in 2018, Doundrins Distilling is one-of-a-kind craft distillery in Madison. The founders not only created the production suite for their distillery but also the tasting room, where the tours are now held. Since their start, they have created nine different products in their distillery, their last liquor being one based on coffee. While at this time they do not offer a tour of their production unit, people are more than welcome to head on over to their tasting room to try out their special blend of cocktails, all made from their own spirits.
Address: 300 Progress Dr ste e, Cottage Grove, WI 53527, United States
Website: Doundrins Distilling
Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 5pm - 9pm; Fri: 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 10pm (closed on Mon, Tue & Sun)
Sample the finest craft brews and spirits in Milwaukee
Since spirits are one of the main reasons for Milwaukee’s fame, wouldn’t you miss out if you didn’t visit the distilleries that this city is so well-known for? The art of creating spirits is not an easy one. It takes knowledge, time and patience, and most of all a passion for the art. By visiting distilleries and taking part in the tours they offer, not only can one know more about distilling, but also see the whole process first-hand. Being able to taste the end product along with some delicious cocktails is an added bonus that you shouldn’t pass up on.
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