This holiday season a number of Pennsylvania distilleries are taking advantage of the state’s business friendly rules for the fledgling industry. Either through expo permits or satellite licenses, PA distilleries are showing up in shopping friendly locations.Continue reading “Distilleries Popping Up This Holiday Season”
Hungry Pigeon in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia is routinely among the top restaurants in Philadelphia, most recently ranked #2 by Philadelphia magazine, and their cocktail program has utilized Manatawny Still Works’ gin heavily on its cocktail list. Now they’ve collaborated with the Pottstown distillery to create their own gin, aptly named Hungry PiGIN.
Hungry PiGIN will make its debut Thursday evening during the restaurant’s Prohibition Cocktail Party starting at 5 pm.Continue reading “Manatawny Launching Exclusive Gin for Hungry Pigeon Restaurant”
Wigle Whiskey continues to crank out whiskey releases. As if two single barrel releases last week weren’t enough, this weekend the Pittsburgh distillery will be offering two whiskeys closely tied to breweries.Continue reading “Two Holiday Whiskeys from Wigle”
The whiskey begins as a malt forward brew of a recipe similar to Yards Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale and then sent over to Philadelphia Distilling for distillation and aging.Continue reading “4th Run Of Yards/Philadelphia Distilling Whiskey Now Available for Pre-Order”
Craft distilleries are facing an uncertain future as they may be facing a 400% tax increase come January 1st. In 2017, a temporary tax cut was enacted that dropped the excise tax on liquor made from small distillers from $13.50 per proof gallon to $2.70 per proof gallon. In addition to the shear amount of the tax, the tax was due when the alcohol left the distiller, so it needed to be paid way before the sales became to come in. With the tax relief many distilleries reinvested in their business, adding employees, equipment and locations.
The tax relief is set to expire at the end of 2019. The Distilled Spirits Council is among the organizations lobbying to make the cuts permanent.Continue reading “Distilleries Facing 400% Tax Increase”
Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 947, aka the Craft Beer and Spirits Parity act, into law last week. It allows Pennsylvania breweries and distilleries to have the same operating hours as Pennsylvania wineries. Breweries and distilleries, as well as their satellite tasting rooms can now sell their products from 9 am to midnight Monday through Saturday and Sunday till 11 pm.
The bill was co-sponsored by Lehigh County’s Rep. Peter G. Schweyer and Anthony Brichta. The new rules will go into effect within 60 days.
The Reading Distilling Guild offered a sneak peek on Saturday. Check out what the Penn Street tasting room looks like.Continue reading “A Look Inside Reading Distilling Guild”
Today, Friday, November 29th, Pittsburgh’s rum distillery, Maggie’s Farm releases a blend of its own rums that are they finished in an Oloroso sherry cask from Jerez, Spain.
On Twitter, owner and founder Tim Russell describes the blend as Maggie’s Farm’s “best to date.”Continue reading “Maggie’s Farm Releases “Best to Date” Rum”
Wigle, self-proclaimed “most decorated craft distillery in the U.S.” might also release the most spirits in a year. This Saturday, November 30th at 9 am, the Pittsburgh based distillery will be releasing two new single barrel bourbons.Continue reading “Wigle Releasing Two Single Barrel Straight Bourbons”
The Reading Distilling Guild is opening a new tasting room and eventual a distillery in downtown Reading at 503 Penn Street. The distillery, which opened as a one-man operation by Chris Flowers in 2017 has had a production only facility elsewhere in Reading.Continue reading “Reading Distilling Guild Set to Open New Tasting Room”