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Great Lakes Distillery in Walker's Point seeks to serve beer to visitors

Friday, August 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Milwaukee Business Journal
Sari Lesk



Great Lakes Distillery wants the option to serve customers beer in addition to its homemade beverages. 

The West Virginia Street distillery makes a variety of spirits including vodkas, gins, liqueurs, whiskeys and rum. Its license grants the business the option to serve and sell products it creates on site. Occasionally, founder Guy Rehorst said, a visitor seeks a beer instead of a cocktail.  

"It's basically a convenience for those people," Rehorst said.  

On July 27, Great Lakes applied to the city of Milwaukee for a license that would allow the distillery to also serve beer. If the application is approved, Rehorst said, Great Lakes would add local taps to its offerings.  

"We're not going to become a big beer bar," he said.  

A spokesman for the city said pending requirements must be met before the city can review the application, such as a meeting with the Milwaukee Police Department's License Investigation Unit and the completion of a police report.  

After the application is certified, the city can schedule a review by the Licenses Committee.  

The distillery, located at 616 W. Virginia St. in the Walker's Point neighborhood, began its operation in 2006. It previously was situated on Holton Street in the Riverwest neighborhood. Great Lakes was Wisconsin's first new distillery since Prohibition.

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