Fall flavors reach far beyond the pumpkin spice latte, and the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective can prove it with its array of custom-brewed beers, sweet and spiced hard ciders, and refreshing wines and spirits. Read below to get festive with our must-try list of this season’s Craft Collective concoctions!
Cinnamon Wage by Great Northern Distilling
This whiskey cocktail is sure to warm your senses just in time for the brisk weather. Custom-made cinnamon simple syrup, fresh apple juice, a healthy squeeze of lemon and Vanguard whiskey make for a truly tasty combination. To top it all off, it’s garnished with a sprinkling of cinnamon and an apple slice. Want to make your own at home? Click here and join Great Northern Distilling’s email newsletter to receive regular recipes for their latest creations.
TIP: Great Northern's much anticipated 'Wisconsin Brandy" releases today, November 11th! Distilled from a semi-sweet wine made at Sunset Point Winery, and then barrel-aged, this brandy is great in a cocktail or on its own. If you're a fan of Wisconsin's classic Old Fashioned, you'll want to get your hands on this!
Headless Heron Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale by Central Waters Brewing Company
This pumpkin spice ale is stacked with seasonal flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves swirl seamlessly into dark hints of bourbon and dried fruits. If you’re an ale advocate, your taste buds will thank you!
TIP: Want more Central Waters? The Octoberfest Lager is a malty amber brew and a seasonal staple. Crisp and clean, this beer is fit for all lager lovers.
Fuzzy Dream by O'so Brewing
The blazing hues of fallen leaves and freshly picked pumpkins make orange a popular color this time of year, and Oso Brewing’s Fuzzy Dream fits the script. Packed with orange peel and creamy vanilla flavors, this dreamcicle IPA delivers hoppy, citrusy sips—que the emphasis on “dream!”
Oktoberfest by Stevens Point Brewery
Got malt? If you love Central Waters’ take on the original Octoberfest beverage, why stop there? Brewed with Hallertauer Hops and sweet Vienna roasted malts, this beer is full-bodied and wonderfully balanced.
Mad Bark by Ciderboys
Sweet, tart and crisp with just the right amount of spice. The hints of cinnamon in this golden apple cider are reminiscent to the aroma of apple crisp baking in the oven!
TIP: If you love Ciderboys, you can also try their newly released Zen Berry, a fan favorite sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. A mixture of raspberry, blackberry, dewberry and boysenberry make this hard apple cider one to remember. Although sweet, Zen Berry still has that zingy tartness to quench your thirst.
Del Sole Sangiovese by Sunset Point Winery
Released each fall, this wine embodies a smooth, earthy flavor from oak aging with sweet hints of seasonal berries—a flawless complement for your fall festivities.
If you’re craving more fall flavor in the Stevens Point Area or want to visit the Craft Collective member locations for a taste straight from the source, click here for more details.