Where To Find It – Pour Ready Cocktails Hit The Shelves

Pour Ready Cocktails

The latest list of new retail locations where you can find our newest Pour Ready Cocktails:

J&R Liquors
J Town Spirits
Johnson Sausage Shoppe
Lions Quick Mart
Miller And Sons
O’Connells ( all locations)
Party Mart
Portage Liquor Mart
Rockys Liquor
Premium Meats
Trixies Liquor Store
Ostego Yacht Club
Ottos ( all locations)
Ridgeview Liquor
2A Wine Merchants
Quality Foods IGA
Waterfront Store
Deforest Liquor
Lake Mills Market
Viking Liquor
Corner Store
Cowley’s Piggy Wiggly
Discount Liquor (Portage)
Discount Liquor MKE and WAuk
Eddies Convenience
Falls River Station
Festival Portage
Festival Verona
Gorvers Spirits
J&J Fireball Lanes

Pour Ready Release Party This Thursday!

Crafthouse & Kitchen

On this year’s 414 Day, we will honor Milwaukee and bring to life the distillery’s “Crafted to Gather” mantra when co-founders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan host a release party for their new Pour Ready Premium Cocktails, the first-ever line of craft, Midwest-made ready-to-pour cocktails.

“There’s no better way to honor and celebrate all that Milwaukee is than by raising a glass of a new locally-made product,” McQuillan said. “On 414, every Milwaukeean is a VIP and we can’t wait to unveil our first two Pour Ready Premium Cocktails to the world right here in our hometown.”

The release party will be at Central Standard’s Crafthouse & Kitchen, 320 E. Clybourn St. in downtown Milwaukee, on April 14 from 4 – 6 p.m. At the event, there will be a free toast of the first two cocktails in the new product line, the Pour Ready Door County Cherry Vodka Lemonade and the Pour Ready Door County Cherry Vodka Mule.

“For us, there is so much to celebrate this April 14 – Warmer weather, the return of baseball to Milwaukee, locally-crafted cocktails, and of course, finally being able to offer everyone in Milwaukee a taste of our new Pour Ready Premium Cocktails,” Hughes said.

With the launch of the Pour Ready Premium Cocktail line, Hughes and McQuillan are out to elevate the booming ready-to-drink category by adding a handmade, locally craft twist.

“Our new Pour Ready Premium Cocktails are true game-changing products,” McQuillan said. “We aren’t just unveiling a great tasting new beverage, we are introducing a whole new category to the industry: Ready to Pour Craft Cocktail. Think of our new Pour Ready Premium Cocktails as the convergence of ready-to-drink convenience with the handcrafted quality and elevated ingredients you’d receive from a veteran bartender at our Crafthouse here in Milwaukee.”

The Pour Ready products honor Central Standard’s commitment to support local Midwest organizations. Each bottle is handcrafted in Milwaukee with our famous Door County Cherry Vodka, sourced from cherries right in Door County, Wisconsin. The Pour Ready Door County Cherry Vodka Lemonade is made from 100% organic lemon juice and botanicals, and the Pour Ready Door County Cherry Vodka Mule combines Central Standard’s Door County Cherry Vodka with organic ginger juice and lime juice. It’s a perfect blend of ginger spiciness with the cool refreshment of cherries and lime.

Pour Ready Premium Cocktails from Central Standard Distillery are 15% ABV, 30 proof and will hit retail shelves starting in April. Each 750-ml bottle makes about four cocktails. We have also created 1.75L unbreakable bottles to ensure you don’t run out of Pour Ready at your tailgate, beach, or backyard party.

“They’re smooth, balanced and refreshing, no matter the weather or time of year,” Hughes added. “We can’t wait for folks to come out to the Crafthouse on Milwaukee Day for a free first taste.”

Photo credit – John Magnoski Photography

April Fool’s For A Good Cause: Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen Issuing Faux Parking Tickets In Downtown April 1

April Fool's Day

April Fool’s Day Tickets Are Actually Redeemable for Free Craft Cocktails at a Special April 1 Happy Hour; Support Nonprofit Feeding Women & Children Refugees Fleeing the War in Ukraine

Be warned: There will be some April Fool’s Day shenanigans in downtown Milwaukee April 1 as Central Standard Co-Founders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan will be issuing faux tickets under windshield wipers of cars parked on streets around the distillery’s new Crafthouse & Kitchen, 320 E. Clybourn St.

“Envision returning to your parked car on a spring Friday afternoon and being greeted by a bright orange ticket on your windshield,” McQuillan explained. “We’ve all been there, but this April 1, what appears to be a violation will actually – surprise – be a ticket for a free craft cocktail on us.”

The gag culminates with a special April 1 happy hour from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Crafthouse & Kitchen where tickets can be redeemed for free craft cocktails made with Central Standard’s Red Cabin Bourbon, Door County Cherry Vodka or North Wisconsin Brandy*.

While a fun gotcha, Hughes’ and McQuillan’s April Fool’s Day gag is really all about supporting an important and timely charitable cause.

“Chef Jose Andres and his entire World Central Kitchen team are mobilizing volunteers and have already fed more than one million women and children as they flee from the war in Ukraine,” Hughes said. “We wanted to come up with a fun and immediate way to support their efforts and this idea was born.”

For every ticket redeemed at the April 1 Crafthouse & Kitchen happy hour, a $2 donation will be made to World Central Kitchen. Additional donations to World Central Kitchen can be made by clicking here.

The Midwest’s First Urban Distillery & Restaurant
In August, Hughes and McQuillan opened their new Crafthouse & Kitchen, the Midwest’s first new urban distillery and restaurant.