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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.


It’s no surprise the Valley voted the Old Fashioned as Best Craft Cocktail. But it may be a surprise that none of the three winners include brandy. The Old Fashioned at Dive (Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St., Eau Claire) moved from third to first this year. This take on the Old Fashioned is prepared with bourbon. A rye whiskey-based Old Fashioned, The Great Grampa at The Lakely (Oxbow Hotel, 616 Galloway St., Eau Claire) remains in second. Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse (4751 Owen Ayres Court, Eau Claire) made the list with, you guessed it, their Brown Sugar Bourbon Old Fashioned. –Stephanie Nesja