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Dive Deeper Into Craft Cocktails

local and not-so-local craft cocktail resources

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

Cocktails at Dive in downtown Eau Claire.
Cocktails at Dive in downtown Eau Claire.

Local Booze

Chippewa River Distillery
The new distillery and brewery in Chippewa Falls creates mid-range spirits perfect for any occasion. They also have a small tasting room to give you some inspiration.

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery
The winery and distillery moved recently and expanded its operations. Infinity is known for its experimentation, such as its Beersky  – whiskey distilled from beer.

River Bend Distilling
This Chippewa Falls distillery features an impressive lineup of “grain-to-glass” spirits. Try their delicious artisan White Whiskey.

Death’s Door
A distillery in the Madison area has become nationally renowned for its gin, which can be found at most cocktail bars around the country.

Bittercube Bitters
The Milwaukee shop produces internationally known bitters, that are perfect to accompany any cocktail – alcoholic or not.

Local Resources/Books

Bottoms Up!
Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz take you on a tour of historic taverns around Wisconsin, diving deep into the history and culture of drinking in our state.

Wisconsin Supper Clubs
Ron Faiola’s book explores Supper Club culture throughout Wisconsin, with a heavy focus on the classic Old Fashioned.

Not-So-Local Resources

Death & Co.
What many consider to be the bartender’s bible, this how-to and recipe book outlines how David Kaplan started one of the quintessential cocktail bars in America. Oh, and there are hundreds of great recipes.

In this New York Times bestseller, tech writer Adam Rogers dives into the history and science of making and serving booze since the beginning of time.

The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart takes the Farm-To-Glass concept seriously with an almanac of how to grow your drinks in your garden.

Road Trips

Minneapolis: Marvel Bar
A hidden away speakeasy in the North Loop neighborhood, Marvel Bar is well known for their experimental takes on classic recipes.

Minneapolis: Eat Street Social
You’ll find a nice collection of classic and new cocktails on their menu, with a knowledgable staff that can help you find exactly what you want.

Madison: Forequarter
A welcoming bar with playful, fun drinks that push the boundaries of classic and craft cocktails without being overly pretentious.

Milwaukee: Bryant’s Lounge
An historic cocktail tavern, dating back to 1936 that’s been recently revived with a modern cocktail program that still harkens back to its past.