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We put some of Milwaukee's best old fashioneds to the test.

Is there anything more unifying than our love for old fashioneds? (If you can think of something, call your local representative.) It’s a beverage that bonds hipsters and nonagenarians, Republicans and Democrats. And you can’t throw a sausage without hitting an establishment that serves ‘em up. So we put The Packing House, Camp Bar, Supper, Joey Gerard’s, Drink Wisconsinbly, and Dock18 to the test, asking them to create their traditional old fashioned. After much deliberation, the judges emerged with a surprising consensus: The crown would be shared.


Drink Wisconsinbly
Yep, that’s a cheese curd.

Drink Wisconsinbly Old Fashioned


Joey Gerard’s
Helps wash down the Steak Diane.

Joey Gerard's Old Fashioned


Made with peanut butter rum from Twisted Path Distillery.

Dock 18 Old Fashioned

Camp Bar
The drink that shines brightest for Camp fans.

Camp Bar Old Fashioned


Photo of old fashioned courtesy of Supper

Sour Winner

Full of delicious twists, turns and ingredients created in house, Supper’s old fashioned sour is made with Copper & Kings American Brandy, house cherry Demerara syrup, Angostura-based house bitters blend, house sour mix, raw sugar, house marinated maraschino cherries and an orange slice.

Packing House Old Fashioned

Packing House Old Fashioned; Photo by Adam Ryan Morris


Sweet Winner

The Packing House
Exactly what a good old fashioned sweet should taste like, The Packing House’s version is made of sugar, Angostura bitters, maraschino cherries, Korbel brandy, Sprite, and, of course, an orange slice.




‘Taste Test’ appears in the October 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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