Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen Officially Kicks Off Milwaukee Rooftop Season With May 12 Sunset Accoustic Set From Local Favorite Joe Wray

rooftop at Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen

Wray to Welcome Summer by Playing On the Crafthouse & Kitchen’s Rooftop from 6-9 p.m. May 12

Central Standard Distillery Co-Founders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan contend if you have a rooftop, open it. To officially launch rooftop season here in Milwaukee, Hughes and McQuillan will host local musician Joe Wray for a special sunset acoustic set on the Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen rooftop, 320 E. Clybourn St. in downtown Milwaukee, May 12 from 6-9 p.m.

“While Pat and I love tailgating, lake house and hunting seasons, our No. 1 favorite time of year in Milwaukee is summer rooftop season,” Hughes said. “There is nothing better than gathering good friends, drinking craft cocktails and enjoying live music outdoors on a great rooftop in our city.”

Local legend Joe Wray, a Milwaukee-based acoustic guitarist, will play from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 12 as the sun sets over the Crafthouse view of the Milwaukee skyline and Lake Michigan. Attendees can enjoy a wide variety of cocktails from the rooftop bar, such as Central Standard’s Door County Cherry Vodka Mule and North Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned.

“On May 12, we’re launching our first full season of having the rooftop at the Crafthouse & Kitchen,” McQuillan said. “We can’t wait to get folks — cocktails in hand — up on our roof to enjoy the 360-degree views of the city and the lake. It’s truly a unique spot, especially in summer, here in Milwaukee.”

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.

Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen Celebrates 414 Day With A VIP Release Party Unveiling The Distillery’s All-New Line Of Pour Ready Premium Cocktails

Pour Ready Cocktails

Enjoy a Free First Taste of Central Standard’s Pour Ready Door County Cherry Vodka Lemonade and Pour Ready Door County Cherry Vodka Mule at a Special Milwaukee Day Happy Hour Thursday, April 14

On this year’s 414 Day, Central Standard 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.

Pour Ready: Craft, Convenient & Cooler-Ready
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.”

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

The distillery’s new home, complete with a tasting room, tour operation, restaurant, private-events space and rooftop patio, replaced the formerly vacant Wisconsin Leather Building, which was built in 1874 and remains one of the oldest structures in downtown Milwaukee. In addition, the 11,700-square-foot, three-story Crafthouse & Kitchen houses a 100-gallon pot still that will produce all spirits served and sold on site.

Central Standard: Your Local Midwest Craft Distillery
Central Standard Craft Distillery, a small batch, craft distillery in Milwaukee and the fastest growing top-10 Wisconsin-based distiller, handcrafts award-winning, bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin from locally sourced ingredients. Founded in 2014, Central Standard spirits have won 37 medals across multiple categories for their craft distilling.

Central Standard’s portfolio of premium spirits includes Red Cabin Bourbon, Door County Cherry Vodka and North Wisconsin Brandy*. Door County Cherry Vodka is a blend of Central Standard’s award-winning 100% handcrafted vodka infused with Door County cherries, which are mellowed with a touch of local-harvested, fresh honey. North Brandy, which is handmade in small batches and aged for a minimum of two years, is finished in Central Standard bourbon barrels. Red Cabin Bourbon is aged to perfection and then finished in California Cabernet wine barrels. Thanks to the red-wine-barrel-finishing, Red Cabin Bourbon – which won a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits competition in 2019, delivers a complex-yet-approachable taste.
“When you think of our entire lineup – Door County Cherry Vodka, North Brandy and Red Cabin: They’re all perfectly handcrafted for enjoying here in the Midwest or wherever your travels take you,” McQuillan concluded.

Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen expands weekend brunch to Saturday’s

Sunday Brunch

Starting on Feb. 12, guests can look forward to bottomless Door County Cherry Vodka Mimosas, plus the entire Crafthouse brunch menu on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dishes include standards like biscuits and gravy; crab cakes benedict and chicken and waffles. But guests can also induldge in housemade chilaquiles with roasted salsa roja, tomatillo salsa and sunnyside eggs; standard hash featuring house-herbed potatoes, poached eggs, Hook’s Swiss, arugula, 24 hour braised beef and Red Cabin Bourbon caramelized onions.

Full Menu Here

Cabin Strength Bourbon – Get It While You Can

Cabin Strength Bourbon

Our first barrel release has been received with great response for first to bourbon drinkers to bourbon aficionados.  Each barrel has it’s own unique taste.  This barrel strength release will not be around much longer in the market.  Look for the next release in the late fall of 2022.

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Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen To Host “Resolution-Free” Brunch January 1 & 2

Resolution Free Brunch

Toast the New Year with Bottomless Door Country Cherry Vodka “Mimosas” & Feast on Housemade Chilaquiles, Beef Hash & Chicken & Waffles at The Crafthouse’s Downtown Milwaukee Location

The serious stuff of 2022 can wait until Monday, January 3. Central Standard Distillery Co-Founders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan are hosting a special “resolution-free” New Year’s Day brunch Saturday, January 1 at their Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen, 320 E. Clybourn St. in downtown Milwaukee.

“We’re going to strictly enforce the unwritten rule that New Year’s resolutions cannot start on a weekend,” McQuillan said. “We will keep the New Year’s Eve party rolling with a special resolution-free brunch Saturday, January 1 and our tradition Sunday brunch on January 2.”

The star of the special-edition brunch will be the Crafthouse’s famed bottomless Door County Cherry Vodka “mimosa,” a riff on the classic screwdriver featuring Central Standard’s housemade Door County Cherry Vodka, orange juice, seltzer and garnished with a fresh orange slice.

Must-try menu items will include the Central Standard hash, which is house-herbed potatoes, two-poached farm-fresh eggs, Hooks Swiss cheese, arugula, Red Cabin Bourbon caramelized onions and 24-hour braised beef; Chicken and waffles, which is served with Red Cabin Bourbon compound butter; Housemade Chilaquiles with roasted salsa roja, tomatillo salsa, sunny side eggs and Farm Happy cilantro micro greens: A kale salad, which is Farm Happy winter kale, Door County cherries, toasted cashews tossed in a champagne vinaigrette.

Along with cocktail and menu-item specials on January 1, the New Year’s brunch will also feature raffle prizes including a January worth of free mocktails from the Crafthouse’s special January mocktail menu; a complimentary Green Bay watching party in the distillery’s private Founders Room event space, Central Standard SWAG and more.

“After the 2021 we’ll all have survived, we think everyone in Milwaukee deserves at one more brunch, a round of cocktails and a chance to win some free SWAG,” Hughes said. “Resolutions and the more serious stuff of the New Year can wait until Monday, the 3rd. Let’s brunch January 1 and 2.”
Brunch at the Crafthouse will be served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 1, and will return to its regular 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. hours on Sunday, January 2. A special New Year’s Day Happy Hour will also run from 3:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. on Saturday, January 1.

 

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

The distillery’s new home, complete with a tasting room, tour operation, restaurant, private-events space and rooftop patio, replaced the formerly vacant Wisconsin Leather Building, which was built in 1874 and remains one of the oldest structures in downtown Milwaukee. In addition, the 11,700-square-foot, three-story Crafthouse & Kitchen houses a 100-gallon pot still that will produce all spirits served and sold on site.

 

Central Standard: Your Local Midwest Craft Distillery
Central Standard Craft Distillery, a small batch, craft distillery in Milwaukee and the fastest growing top-10 Wisconsin-based distiller, handcrafts award-winning, bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin from locally sourced ingredients. Founded in 2014, Central Standard spirits has won 37 medals across multiple categories for their craft distilling.

“For us, it’s not about the awards or the accolades,” Hughes explained. “it’s about making the best-tasting craft spirits with the finest local ingredients that bring to life the outdoor lifestyle of the Midwest.”

Central Standard’s portfolio of premium spirits includes Red Cabin Bourbon, Door County Cherry Vodka and North Wisconsin Brandy*. Door County Cherry Vodka is a blend of Central Standard’s award-winning 100% handcrafted vodka infused with Door County cherries, which are mellowed with a touch of local-harvested, fresh honey. North Brandy, which is handmade in small batches and aged for a minimum of two years, is finished in Central Standard bourbon barrels. Red Cabin Bourbon is aged to perfection and then finished in California Cabernet wine barrels. Thanks to the red-wine-barrel-finishing, Red Cabin Bourbon – which won a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits competition in 2019, delivers a complex-yet-approachable taste.

“When you think of our entire lineup – Door County Cherry Vodka, North Brandy and Red Cabin: They’re all perfectly handcrafted for enjoying here in the Midwest or wherever your travels take you,” McQuillan concluded.

Central Standard hosts Zizzo Group’s annual #donutsmackdown

Donut Smackdown

The Zizzo Group’s #donutsmackdown held at our Mix event space on  featuring 16 area business executives who tried to be the fastest to eat six donuts. The champion was Joe Zizzo in an amazing 1:01, beating the defending (and one-time wonder) champion Jim Kanter by 44 seconds. The group of execs raised more than $56,000 for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, led by the hard-working David Caruso, who was the top fundraising exec.

Congrats to Anne Arentsen Zizzo, her team and all the participants, who did an amazing job again this year for a great cause at the expense of their stomachs, including Gaulien Smith, Kate Schlesinger, Dan Jessup and Karen C Hung.
(photos courtesy of Mark Kass)

Now Serving Brunch

Sunday Brunch

Sunday funday just got a whole lot better! Introducing Brunch at Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen on Sundays from 11am-4pm.
We’ve got a number of items ready for you to enjoy like…

  • Central Standard Hash which is house-herbed potatoes, two-poached farm-fresh eggs, Hooks Swiss cheese, arugula, Red Cabin Bourbon caramelized onions and 24-hour braised beef.
  • House-made Chicken biscuit sandwich, served with house-herbed potatoes.
  • House-made Chilaquiles with roasted salsa roja, tomatillo salsa, sunny side eggs.
  • Farm Happy cilantro micro greens: A kale salad, which is Farm Happy winter kale, Door County cherries, toasted cashews tossed in a champagne vinaigrette.
  • And, Bottomless Door Country Cherry Vodka “Mimosas!”

View the full brunch menu

Make plans to join us this Sunday and every Sunday moving forward!