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)

Winner’s Crowned At “Old Fashioneds Up North” Competition

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioneds Up North in Eagle River Wisconsin is held at Eagle Waters Resort. After a two year hiatus, the 2021 competition over 300 attendees with over 30 contestants competing to take home the crown of the of the Traditional and Twisted categories.

Central Standard was the proud sponsor of the event providing both Red Cabin Bourbon and North Wisconsin Brandy. It was a great event to attend and support we will definitely be back for 2022.

Traditional Winner:

Pike's Pine

Pike’s Pine Isle Lodge
Jim Pike and Josh Pike

Twisted Winner:

Blue Heron

Blue Heron Restaurant
Adrian Adams and Shannon Stapleton

Hello Iowa – Find Us Select IA Hy Vee’s

Hy Vee

We’re proud to now be carried by select Hy Vee’s in Iowa. This is just the start but because of your love and demand for Central Standard products retailers are stocking us up on their shelves. Look for more announcements about increased availability in Iowa soon!

High Demand Means A Trip To The Source

Toppling Goliath

When we launched our first Brewmaster’s Series with Toppling Goliath creating the Toppling Goliath Barrel-Aged North Wisconsin Brandy earlier this month we had no clue how popular it would be! To make sure we had plenty of supply on hand for our loyal lovers of this limited release Brandy we headed to the source to go grab some more (and maybe a few TG pints!).

Make sure to grab a bottle while supplies last at our Crafthouse & Kitchen tasting room, Costco and select Milwaukee locations.

We’re In Costco!


Big news! You can now find Door County Cherry Vodka, Toppling Goliath Barrel-Aged Brandy, and Red Cabin Bourbon at select Costco’s throughout Wisconsin.

Brewmaster Series Launches!

Brewmasters Series - Toppling Goliath

We live in the Brewers’ hometown, so we thought from a business perspective it was only natural to embrace Milwaukee’s great brewing heritage and launch a series of collaborations with brewmasters from across the Midwest. This week we officially launched our Brewmaster series in partnership with Toppling Goliath.

Series #1: Toppling Goliath Barrel Aged Brandy:
To really bring the flavor of the Midwest to life, we aged our already-delicious North Wisconsin Brandy an additional month in barrels previously used to create Toppling Waters stout.

Before housing beer, the barrels were home to maple syrup. That flavor combination imparts a subtle espresso aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel and a faint sweet, maple syrup finish.

Central Standard’s Toppling Goliath Barrel-Aged Brandy will be available in a limited supply at retailers in Wisconsin and Iowa starting in October.

UPDATE – You can now purchase Toppling Goliath Barrel-Aged Brandy in Wisconsin Costco’s.