By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 09, 2017 at 12:30 PM

According to information released today, Central Standard Craft Distillery will establish a new production facility at 2330 W. Clybourn St., near the Marquette University campus.

The project, announced by co-founders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan, is expected to assist the distillery in keeping up with both current and future demand, as well as allowing it to expand the product line.

The new 10,000-square foot facility, which is anticipated to open in July, is also expected to create nine jobs and assist in lending vibrancy to the west side neighborhood.

According to a release sent today, Central Standard was attracted to the area because of the Near West Side Partners and the strong leadership from Executive Director Keith Stanley.

"It became evident early on that Near West Side was a perfect match for our community values," Hughes noted, adding, "A special thanks to Mike Lovell and Rana Altenburg of Marquette and Rick Weigand of the Ambassador Hotel for their guidance and enthusiasm."

Central Standard's current Distillery and Tasting Room located at 613 S. 2nd St. in Walker's Point will remain open to the public and the distillery aspect will continue to be used for research and development. McQuillan notes that the new facility will allow the tasting room to extend its hours and additional flexibility to host more private events.

Watch OnMilwaukee for additional information as it becomes available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.