Old Sugar Distillery
Words and photos by Sara Gomach
It's not just for gentlemen anymore—whiskey that is, nor brandy, rum or the other fine spirits distilled by Nathan Greenawalt and his crew at Old Sugar Distillery over on East Main Street on Madison's eclectic near east side. In fact, it's quite the contrary. Artful cocktails, such as the Honey Cap, made with their Honey Liqueur and fresh lime juice, are perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day, while the Main Street, Old Sugar’s version of a sazerac, is sure to put hair on your chest, whether you want it or not.
Behind a brick, factory-like exterior you'll find a warm and spacious tasting room fit for the likes of Don Draper. Picnic tables on the east side of the room and out on the sidewalk add rugged "Wisco" charm. Looming over the gathering space, with its rightful dominance, is the copper still. Wooden barrels holding Madison's finest line the south side of the room. Hazy light beats through paned glass. Walk in, take a deep breath and absorb the rich smell of oak wafting through the air.
Old Sugar Factory, as it was originally named, has become both a connoisseur's watering hole and a unique setting for novices to enjoy creative cocktails and the company of friends. From the cocktails to the Old Sugar gear to even an upright piano, there is something here for everyone.
For more information, visit madisondistillery.com.