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By Mercedes Hemmer
A Napkin Dream to Reality
In his past life, Evan Hughes worked for beer. Yes, he was one of the lucky ones who got to say he worked in the craft beer industry. But as the years passed, beer started to feel like work and his desire to try new beers was shifting.

Eventually, Evan found a reignited passion for craft spirits. It wasn’t before long he was sampling craft bourbons and ryes, enjoying the complexity of the spirits. Then late one night in 2012, after a few glasses of bourbon, Evan and his friend Pat McQuillan, wrote on the back side of a napkin their plans to open a distillery.

They would spend the next two years making their napkin dream a reality. Mapping out necessities, laying out building plans, creating a brand, and jumping through legal hoops. Their journey was by no means easy, but in July of 2014, Evan and Pat would open the doors to their labor – Central Standard Distillery (CSD) was born.

Meet the Family

Over the last three years, CSD has been building their family of spirits. Their small batch crafts include a Wisconsin Rye Vodka, a Bourbon Whiskey, a New American Gin, an Oat Whiskey, a Rye Whiskey, an Anodyne Coffee Vodka and a delectable Dark Chocolate Brandy. They are now looking to add an eighth member to their family, “Washington Rye.”