Central Standard, Leinenkugel’s Announce RTD North Brandy Old Fashioned

Milwaukee-based Central Standard Craft Distillery, and Leinenkugel’s of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, announce their collaboration on a ready-to-drink North Brandy Old Fashioned. The RTD canned cocktail embodies the history of innovation from two renowned  brands, honors the local heritage of the state’s official cocktail, and infuses the spirit of the  Northwoods that brandy lovers chase.  

This product captures the deep sense of tradition rooted in the Wisconsin craft scene,  seamlessly blending the artistry of craft spirits with the elevated flavors of Wisconsin’s finest craft beers. The RTD cocktail combines North Brandy from Central Standard Craft Distillery and iconic flavors like cherry, cranberry and orange from Leinenkugel’s beers.  

“The flavors of Wisconsin are as bold as they are distinctive, cherished by all who experience  them. Our pride in both our state and its rich heritage runs deep, and this cocktail was designed  to serve a true taste of home,” said Evan Hughes, co-founder of Central Standard Craft  Distillery. “The brandy old fashioned is at the heart of our story, and introducing a product with a  local legend like Leinenkugel’s, a decade into our journey, adds an extra layer of significance to  that story and the work we’re devoted to doing locally.” 

Starting in 2022, Central Standard co-founders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan worked with  Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to celebrate Sept. 22 as Brandy Old Fashioned Day and September as Brandy Old Fashioned Month. In the same year, Central Standard also started the Brandy Old Fashioned Hall of Fame in Wisconsin; they’ll honor the second class of inductees this month.  

“It’s not just about supporting local products; it’s about supporting local people. The Wisconsin  spirits industry alone supports over 39,000 jobs,” said McQuillan. “This partnership further  instills our commitment to celebrate the incredible distilleries and breweries that make  =Wisconsin so special.”  

“Our history at Leinenkugel’s is rooted in innovation. We’ve taken a lot of pride in the choices we  make with our recipes,” said Tony Bugher, president of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. “Combining the award-winning Central Standard North Brandy with our own flavors to deliver a  Brandy Old Fashioned for Wisconsin made sense on so many levels. We both share a deep  appreciation for our home state and the audience of local craft fans.”

This craft collaboration is bound to be a crowd-pleaser, whether enjoyed responsibly at home or  packed for one of Wisconsin’s countless outdoors adventures. It’s perfect for settings where  muddlers, glasses or mixers are impractical — be it at sporting events, local festivals or on the golf course. 

“Leinenkugel’s is a legendary figure in the craft industry, and we share humble beginnings in our  home state of Wisconsin,” said Jim Kanter, chief commercial officer at Central Standard Craft  Distillery. “We’re thrilled to bring a product like this to market, with the hope Wisconsinites share our love for it.”  

The RTD cocktail has an ABV of 8% and will be available in four-packs of 12-oz. cans. The  canned cocktail will be available exclusively in Wisconsin, widely distributed across major retail and independent liquor stores, and expected on shelves across the state by March 1. It will also be available at local venues, bars, restaurants and supper clubs across Wisconsin. To  learn more about where to find Central Standard products, check out the product locator.  

To kick off the partnership, Central Standard will host a variety of samplings, giveaways and events to celebrate with Wisconsinites across the state, including a kickoff party in March at the  Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen. The dynamic space in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, a historic 11,700-square-foot building, boasts a tasting room, bar, private event  spaces, rooftop patio and, coming soon, guided tastings.  

No Comments Yet

Comments are closed