According to US Census Bureau data from 2010-2014, there are over 50,000 veterans who call Milwaukee County home, and nearly 5,000 veteran-owned or supported businesses in the Milwaukee metro area.
A local Milwaukee distillery has joined forces with the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce to further promote and support veteran programming and veteran-owned businesses.
Central Standard Craft Distillery, in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, released limited-edition veteran themed vodka bottles. Central Standard hosted a special tasting event on Wednesday Nov. 16.
Co-founder of Central Standard Craft Distillery Pat McQuillan said, “As proud Milwaukeeans, we couldn’t think of a better community to give back to than veterans and military families.”
Twenty percent of the proceeds from each sale goes back to support the Veterans Chamber to improve economic opportunities for veterans.
The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce was started by a veteran just over a year ago. Saul Newton served two tours of duty, before coming back to Milwaukee to enhance economic opportunities for veterans and veteran-owned businesses.
Newton told OnMilwaukee.com, “Veterans and veteran-owned businesses are a vital part of the state’s economy. Thanks to partners like Central Standard, we have the opportunity to spread the word and create more resources for our members.”
The limited-edition bottles can still be purchased from the Central Standard Craft Distillery, 613 S. 2nd St.