Wigle Whiskey

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Wigle Whiskey
Founded 2012
Headquarters Pittsburgh
Website http://wiglewhiskey.com

Wigle Whiskey (pronounced "wiggle") is an artisan small batch whiskey distillery in the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Wigle Whiskeys are the flagship products of Pittsburgh Distilling Company, LLC, which is entirely family owned and operated.[1] When it opened in 2012, Wigle was the first distillery to open in Pittsburgh since Joseph S. Finch's distillery, located at South Second and McKean streets, closed in the 1920s.[1] At that time, only 2 other distilleries existed in the rest of Pennsylvania.[2]

Founders Mark Meyer, Mary Ellen Meyer, Meredith Meyer Grelli, Eric Meyer, Alexander Grelli, and Jeff Meyer named the distillery after Philip Wigle, a hero of the Whiskey Rebellion.[1] In 1794, Wigle was sentenced to hang for treason for his leadership in the Whiskey Rebellion, but was later pardoned by George Washington. The distillery offers tours, which include the history of the Whiskey Rebellion.[3]

The distillery uses local, organic grains from nearby Washington County, Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio [2] and distills their whiskey from scratch, milling their grains on site.

Current products include "white" wheat and rye whiskeys,[4] as well as a Dutch-style ginever, wheat and rye whiskeys aged in small casks, organic bitters, and a rum-like spirit distilled from buckwheat honey. Each month they feature an experimental, limited-edition spirit called Wigle's Whim. Wigle also sells small oak barrels for customers to age their own whiskey in a small cask.[5]

The Meyer family worked with the Artisan Distilling Program at Michigan State University throughout the start up of the distillery.[1] The founders of Wigle Whiskey were instrumental in creating new legislation, which led to the passing of a state law in December 2011 that allows for craft distilleries to sell their own products on site.[6]

In 2013, the Meyer family opened a new facility in the Northside area of Pittsburgh, the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse and Garden. A former produce warehouse, the barrelhouse offers a new destination for tastings and tours. In addition, the family purchased two vacant lots alongside the barrelhouse that will be used to plant botanicals used in the spirits.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Toland, Bill (March 29, 2012). "Pittsburgh gets its first distillery since before Prohibition". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Toland, Bill (May 9, 2012). "Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh's first distillery since Prohibition, to open fsoon". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Millman, China (May 9, 2012). "Wigle Distillery offers tours of their Strip District operation". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Begos, Kevin (March 15, 2012). "Whiskey tastings are in; wine tastings so yesterday". USA Today (Associated Press). Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Karlovits, Bob (September 11, 2012). "Whiskey fans can try hand at custom libations". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Ingle, Laura (April 3, 2012). "Pittsburgh, from 'steel city' to 'whiskey town'". Fox News. Retrieved June 12, 2012.