Drinks

Wisco Pop!

As we prepare for the 4th of July holiday, I’m sure you have a lot of items on your grocery list for the picnics and familycook outs to come. One thing you need to have on a hot summer day is a cooler full of beverages - water, beer, soda (or pop if you prefer).

Soda has been around since the 1800s, and is probably something we take for granted today. But when was the last time you actually thought about how your soda was made?

Michelle Maternowski

Milwaukee has a long brewing tradition and more recently the city has become home to a variety of spirit distilleries. Now a local company is stirring up the beverage market with a new brand of artisanal mixers. 

Mary Pellettieri and Noah Swanson are both experienced hands in the beverage world, and founded Top Note Tonics a couple years ago.

Illustrations by Paige Clark
Courtesy of Jeanette Hurt/Seal Press

Traditionally, the tavern was a place where predominantly men went for fellowship and libations. Today, bars see a clientele pretty well divided between men and women, and the people serving the drinks are more likely to be women than ever before.

zagatbuzz, flickr

The next time a bartender asks you what you’re having, you could say you’re in the mood for that heady combination of juniper, grains of paradise, wormwood, and olive.