Rafters Team with Central Standard Craft Distillery

In a Witter Field first, Central Standard Craft Distillery co-founders, Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan are bringing a whole new spirit to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters home. On opening day, May 31, Rafter’s fans will be able to enjoy for the first time ever a full-service, in-stadium bar.

Named the Central Standard Cocktail Cabin, after the team’s newest sponsor, the bar will be located in left field down the third baseline and will be in prime-time foul-ball-catching territory.

“Talk about the best seats in the house. The Central Standard Cocktail Cabin will combine three of Wisconsin’s favorite things: Baseball, the cabin and craft cocktails,” McQuillan said. “Fans will now be able to choose craft cocktails featuring our Red Cabin Bourbon, North Wisconsin Brandy, Door County Cherry Vodka and traditional Rye Vodka on game days.”

The Cocktail Cabin is Hughes and McQuillan’s first foray into creating an in-field stadium club for a team at any level. “From a business perspective, the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a growing organization with great leadership behind them,” Hughes said. “We’re excited to be a part of their growing culture and look forward to working with them to elevate the in-stadium experience for all Rafters fans.”

A Full Line of Midwest Favorites Perfect for Summer

Red Cabin, which won a Gold Medal at the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits competition, delivers a complex-yet-approachable taste thanks to its red-wine-barrel-finishing. The new bourbon joins Central Standard’s portfolio of handcrafted premium spirits, including Door County Cherry Vodka and North Brandy. “When you think of our lineup – Door County Cherry Vodka, North Brandy and now Red Cabin: They’re all perfectly handcrafted for enjoying at a ballgame or wherever you’re relaxing this summer,” McQuillan concluded.  

 About Central Standard Craft Distillery

Central Standard Craft Distillery, a small batch, craft distillery in Milwaukee, handcrafts award-winning, bourbon, whiskey and vodka from locally sourced ingredients. The distillery recently launched Red Cabin, a bourbon finished in Cabernet wine barrels. The new spirit joined the Central Standard’s portfolio of premium spirits, including Door County Cherry Vodka and North Wisconsin Brandy*. Cofounders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan also recently bought the Wisconsin Leather Building at 320 E. Clybourn St. in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. This summer, the building will reopen as a restaurant, bar, tour operation, tasting facility, private-events space and rooftop patio.



* You must be 21-years of age or older and a fan of great spirits to enjoy. Please drink responsibly.