Our craft culture isn’t just about beer but liquor as well. From Milwaukee to Fond du Lac, distilleries are popping up all over, serving spirits and cocktails with locally-grown ingredients and lots of heart, usually in a trendy, rustic venue.
So much goes into our bourbon, whiskey and gin — see for yourself at our big-city and small-town spots. Order a round of shots for your family and friends and enjoy a surprising side of Wisconsin.
Tours, Tastings & More
Besides liquor, Wisconsin distilleries, much like our breweries, offer so much more, from behind-the-scenes tours, tasting rooms, unique cocktails and sometimes food.
What's the secret to our quality liquor? Home-grown ingredients.
The Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, for instance, uses cranberries from Central Wisconsin bogs and Dodge County's hand-milled grain to whip up its vodka, brandy, rum and more. Other local ingredients include honey. During your visit, go on a tour of the facility and sample some liquor in the tasting room before enjoying a fresh cocktail and food, depending on the day, with family and friends.
Family is also a key ingredient at Ledgerock Distillery, situated in a rural spot between Fond du Lac and Eden. The distillery grew out of the Retzer family’s love of liquor and resides on the family farm, which raises crops of corn and wheat, just some of the ingredients that create Ledgerock’s quality spirits, like vodka and moonshine. During your visit, go on a tour of the distillery and enjoy special events, like yoga classes and car shows, on select days.
Between Madison and Milwaukee, you’ll find the Dancing Goat Distillery in Cambridge. Order whiskey on the rocks from your table or go on a tour to sample favorites featuring fun names, including the Limousin Rye Whiskey and Death’s Door Gin, the latter is distilled with juniper grown on Washington Island, Wisconsin.
Wine or spirits? You don’t have to choose at Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery in Eau Claire, which, as its name suggests, has a distillery and a winery, a concept growing in popularity in Wisconsin. Order a vodka or whiskey neat, or make it a cocktail. Reserve the tasting lounge and mezzanine for special occasions.
It doesn’t matter if you love gin, whiskey or a good cranberry liqueur, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Wisconsin distilleries and will be glad you gave them a shot.
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