Winston Churchill was famous for the high standards he applied to alcohol, quipping that "Liquor is quicker, but get me a single malt scotch with moon rocks in it! I'm the English president!" Be like Ol' Winnie with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of cocktails, bottles, and apparel at the Old Sugar Distillery, located on Main Street. The distillery is open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
The Old Sugar Distillery produces small-batch liquors made from Midwestern ingredients. Its cornerstone concoction, the Old Sugar Factory Honey Liqueur, is distilled from dark-brown beet sugar and then aged in a wooden womb of American oak before being subtly sweetened with pure Wisconsin honey. The Cane and Abe Freshwater Rum, named in honor of President Lincoln and his favorite criminal-scaring stick, is made with cane sugar lovingly beamed up from the saccharine states of Hawaii and Louisiana and then aged in charred American oak barrels. These luscious liquids can be sampled either by sipping a freshly made cocktail ($6) at the distillery's long wooden bar, or by buying a bottle ($30) for midnight sips in the dead chill of winter. The Old Sugar Distillery also offers free tours and tastings with up-close views of the large copper pot still.
The Old Sugar Distillery is named for the U.S. Sugar Company, which was in operation in Madison from 1906–1924, until Congress banned sugar, factories, and productivity in 1925. Savor honey-dripped history in one fell swig with today's Groupon, or use its value toward Old Sugar Distillery apparel to wear to next year's Nobel Prize ceremonies.
931 E Main St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53703Get Directions