Madison culinary anchor and James Beard award-winning Chef Tory Miller pairs dishes to bar manager Mike Lu's cocktails.
Let's not kid ourselves. You'll be needing nourishment and a pickmeup. Let chef Patrick McCormick's elegantly rib-sticking, farmer-inspired fare nurse you back to health, while bar manager (and bold sweater enthusiast) Richard Pajewski tempts you to extend the weekend just a little longer, with the help of the country's largest independently family-owned whiskey producer.
After you’ve had your fill of studious spirits tasting at Distill America, hop on Cocktail Week’s afterparty bus for a quick trip to escapist fun, in keeping with Merchant’s usual brand of late night insanity. DJ Nick Nice will man Madison's one and only disco deli as Merchant’s staff slings Don Q cocktails.
After Distill America winds down, hop on Cocktail Week's magic school bus and head to Gib's Temple(ton) of Fernet for an evening of soft landings, stomach-settling & merriment. Did that Corralejo El Diablo just wink at you?
2 bar teams, 1 venue: Goodkind (MKE) takes over Madison's!
Pioneering Green Bay cocktail stalwarts from Proof & Libertine envelope Maduro’s Jeremy and Carl in a whiskey warmed embrace. Enjoy Tullamore Dew cocktails and hijinks.
Mike Holmes, proprietor of the Wickman House (Ellison Bay, Door County) joins Heritage bar manager Clint Sterwald to sling warming whiskey cocktails. Holmes has been mixing booze in glasses for over 15 years. After more than 10 years honing his bartending craft in the New York bar and restaurant scene, he returned to his native Wisconsin in 2012 to open Wickman House, a bar-centric, hyper-local restaurant in Ellison Bay. With a love for the classics and a passion for invention, he is constantly on the quest to create the perfect concoction.
A Harlem Globetrotter style weave at the center of the Robinia Courtyard with A-OK, Barolo, and Julep combining for 30 points, 20 assists, and 15 rebounds. Celebrate the happiest of hours in style with drinks featuring St. George NOLA coffee liqueur, and J. Henry & Sons straight bourbon.
Cryovacs, Jet Packs & Ice Baths:
exploring contemporary cocktail technique with BroVo Spirits & Chicago Distilling
Madison’s newest cocktail spot; The Robin Room, opens its doors to Seth Feldman of BroVo Spirits, and Bar DeVille in Chicago, as well as Noelle DiPrizio of Chicago Distilling Company, for a seminar highlighting contemporary technique in the cocktail game.
Join distinguished guest panelists Alissa Henley & Liz Henry in a lively discussion about gender equity in the craft spirit and cocktail world: how these trailblazers have carved out space for their important perspectives and contributions, and how they see the industry progressing in the future.
Ten competitors will form five teams and enter el casa de la lucha in the annual Speed Competition to perform dueling feats of cocktail acumen, physical prowess & social grace -– all in the face of hecklers with microphones. One champion will be crowned.
Gib's roving bar previews house original and classic cocktails with Heaven Hill's stable of whiskeys. Cheekier, younger bottlings will prod distinguished elder statesman like Elijah Craig to hopscotch venues toward the capitol every hour or so, by the tip of their smartphones.
Slow down and enjoy a break from the action at Don Q's Snaquiri Hour. Refuel with Don Q Anejo Daiquiri's and warm up with a Barrow's Ginger punch with Merchant's Tom Dufek and Bittercube proprietor Ira Koplowitz. After a "snaqu" get back on the Madison Cocktail Week train and finish out the week strong