The sun is shining and our great Milwaukee summer has begun. That means there's plenty of daylight for chillin' on the patio and enjoying happy hours with friends. This year, we invite you to read along as we get to know our city even better using the 2017 Thirsty Passport, a pocket-sized field guide contains over 30 two-for-one drink offers (including cocktails, beer and wine) from some of the city's best bars, restaurants, breweries, and distilleries.
Sitting on the patio at Great Lakes Distillery with a cocktail is a Milwaukee summer rite of passage. Located across from the roundabout on 6th Street in Walker’s Point, it’s a place to see and be seen – or simply just a sunny spot to take a load off.
The small-batch distillery, which was Wisconsin's first distillery since Prohibition, also has an intimate tasting room with plenty of seating, bar snacks, a gift shop, tours and, of course, cocktails. With the Thirsty Passport the drinks are two-for-one.
Rehorst vodka is the flagship product and my personal favorite. Every time I go to GLD I consider a seasonal or classic cocktail like the Mooncusser, made with Roaring Dan’s rum, a dash of Angostura bitters and Sprecher cream soda, or the Bee’s Knees which is a tempting mix of Rehorst gin, fresh lemon juice and honey syrup.
However, because GLD makes a seriously delicious tonic I "have" to order a straight up vodka and tonic. Every time. But if you visit you should definitely be more adventuresome and try something fancier.
The Tasting Room is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thirsty Passports are available for $30 each (that's less than $1 per venue) and are good through Nov. 30. Get yours here. Tip your bartenders and remember the new Milwaukee toast: 414 let's have one more!
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.