By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 05, 2024 at 10:31 AM

On this National Moonshine Day, former Brewers star Corey Hart has teamed with Milwaukee’s Central Standard Craft Distillery to create a collaboration smoked lemon vodka moonshine.

The new quaff is called Corey Hart’s #1 Ballpark Shine, and it’s made with lemon-flavored vodka and smoked lemon.

Hart played for the Brewers from 2004 until 2013. Hart signed a one-day contract in 2017 so that he could retire in the blue and yellow.

“After 11 years living away from Milwaukee, it felt like time to return for one more win,” said Hart. “This moonshine is a small way to honor the city that always felt like home to me and pay tribute to the years of fans' love and support.”

The vodka – 30 percent ABV – is packaged in 750ml bottles and is available exclusively at the distillery’s restaurant in Downtown Milwaukee for now, though there are plans to expand into retail throughout Wisconsin in the coming months.

The moonshine can be enjoyed on the rocks or mixed with club soda or in cocktails.

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Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.