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The Best of the Chippewa Valley 2022

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Best Craft Cocktail

Into craft cocktails?

Check out Volume One's Craft of Cocktails special section - with articles and info about the local craft cocktail scene.


Sipping one of these cocktails is sure to fill you with warmth and glee. The new first-place winner, the Berry Mojito at Cowboy Jack’s (1432 Front Porch Place, Altoona) tastes like summer in a glass. A sophisticated take on the Old Fashioned made with rye whiskey, the Great Grampa at the Lakely (in the Oxbow Hotel, 516 Galloway St., Eau Claire) remains a steady favorite. The Old Fashioned at the Dive (in the Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St., Eau Claire) comes in third, demonstrating that Wisconsin stays true to its state drink. –Stephanie Nesja