A newly-awarded gold standard whiskey at Great Lakes Distillery prompts a party this Thursday, May 20th

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Local craft spirits pioneer Great Lakes Distillery was awarded gold at the Denver International Spirits Competition for its Still & Oak Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The renowned whiskey staple took home a gold medal for taste in the American Craft Whiskey category. A robust, multi-layered bourbon, Still & Oak Straight Bourbon Whiskey impressed the judges with its rich palate and malt-forward approach. The Wisconsin-made craft whiskey starts with aromas of roasted grain, baking spices, seasoned wood and caramel and develops further with corn, vanilla and honey. The judging panel noted the whiskey’s well-rounded flavors and one judge labeled it a ‘great sipper.’ “The higher barley content in this bourbon gives it a richness and smooth, long-lasting finish,” said Ross Salchow, Marketing Director for Great Lakes Distillery. “It’s a great example of what you can produce in small batches with Wisconsin-grown grains.” With this award, Great Lakes Distillery has four gold medal winning craft whiskeys. They are Still & Oak Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Still & Oak Straight Rye Whiskey, Kinnickinnic Whiskey and Dirty Helen Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

In celebration of its fourth gold medal winning whiskey, Great Lakes Distillery will host a daylong celebration on Thursday, May 20, 2021. During the event, guests will enjoy special whiskey-focused distillery tours, Still & Oak Straight Bourbon Whiskey cocktail specials, a refreshing Bourbon Old Fashioned Slush and samples of all four of the company’s gold medal winning whiskeys. “We can’t wait to safely gather with our neighbors to raise a glass of our gold medal winning bourbon to celebrate its recognition,” said Guy Rehorst, Founder of Great Lakes Distillery. “We are proud to ferment and distill our spirits using the finest ingredients from our home state and are thrilled with the recognition our products continue to receive.” For more information on Great Lakes Distillery and its spirits portfolio and events planned, visit here.

Bourbon & Chocolate Pairing...


Special Bourbon Sour Recipe...

2 oz. Still & Oak Straight Bourbon

.75 oz. Lemon Juice

.75 oz. Simple Syrup

2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and double strain into a footed rocks glass


Bottle Reusable Program...

Customers who return Great Lakes Distillery Bottles get a $1.00 credit.

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