Happy Milwaukee Cocktail Week, everyone! Though the fourth-year celebration is the pinnacle of the city’s spirits scene, there are many talented mixologists, an encouraging batch of local distilleries, and a wealth of bars and restaurants that are working together to continually improve Milwaukee cocktail culture. It’s safe to say the city has come a long way since the brandy old fashioned.

To dive into Milwaukee Cocktail Week, detail the rampant growth, and examine the encouraging developments in local mixology, distilling, and bars, host Tyler Maas met Cocktail Week founder (and Alcoholmanac founder/editor) Brian West at Goodkind. They were joined by Goodkind co-owner, Food & Wine Magazine’s reigning Best New Mixologist, and Milwaukee Record shirt model Katie Rose. The trio talked about all-things imbibing, went through some of the events planned for the week ahead, and talked about what’s to come.

This episode is brought to you by our friends at Stone Brewing, a California-based craft brewery that recently returned to Wisconsin soil. Music in this episode comes courtesy of Piles (“Blue Glue”) and The Pukes (“Do What Diddy”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher (for free!).