Red Pump’s Wheat Whiskey Back in Stock

Washington, PA’s Red Pump Spirits has its Farmhouse Whiskey back in stock. Unlike Red Pump’s line of Ryes, the Farmhouse Whiskey is a wheat whiskey but it is aged in barrels that previously held the distillery’s Rebellion Rye.

The taste is described as having the “mellow taste of a wheat whiskey with a touch of spice from the rye.” Red Pump Farmhouse Whiskey is bottled at 80 proof and goes for $52 per 750 ml bottle. Pick up a bottle at their distillery.

This Oktoberfest, Make It Whiskey

If we’re admitting it’s pumpkin season then that means it’s also Oktoberfest season. And that normally means malty German lagers and beer festivals. But with festivals on hold, maybe its time to update your Oktoberfest traditions with a whiskey?

Wigle Whiskey’s O’zapft is is back. The whiskey is distilled from Penn Brewery’s Oktoberfest Lager and is said to have a taste “reminiscent of Scotch whisky, with notes of cherry, vanilla, and oak.” And why “O’zapft is” for the name? Well that’s the traditional proclamation that the mayor of Munich kicks off Oktoberfest with. In English, it translates to “it’s tapped.”

Pre-order O’Zapft is today for pickup on Friday, September 18th at the Pittsburgh Distillery. Bottles are $32 each for the 92 proof, 375 ml bottles. Pair your order with an Oktoberfest Feast for Two, and have you’re personal Oktoberfest.

OK, We Admit It, It’s Pumpkin Season

Maggie's Farm Pumpkin Spiced Coffee

Pumpkin creep is a thing. Pumpkin spiced lattes show up in August now. It feels like every year, pumpkin beers hit shelves earlier. And distilleries aren’t immune to pumpkin season either. And maybe it’s the first weekend of the NFL, or the crispness in the air, but we’re not even that mad about it.

Here are some ways to spice up your fall with pumpkin and PA spirits.

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Recklesstown Releases Second Cooper River Whiskey

Cooper River Rye - Aged at Recklesstown Farm Distillery

Last month, Recklesstown Farm Distillery released a batch of bourbon it had been aging that was originally distilled by the now closed, Cooper River Distillers in Camden, NJ. And this weekend, Recklesstown is releasing Cooper River Rye, aged between three and three-and-a-half years in 15 gallon barrels.

Like the bourbon, there are only 200 bottles available and when it is gone, it’s gone. Recklesstown describes the rye as having “a sweet, floral nose with a savory rye flavor and oaky finish.”

Bottles are $55 each and there is a limit of two bottles per customer.

Distilleries Offering Local Delivery

Upper Darby Police inspect about $72,000 in liquor seized during a raid. 1930

In these crazy times Pennsylvania distilleries are often reinventing their business models. One of the consumer friendly enhancements some distilleries have made is the addition of local delivery. Typically it means small or no minimums, cheaper delivery fees than shipping and sometimes arrival of the spirits to your front door on the same day. In accordance to Pennsylvania law, all deliveries must be received by someone 21 or older with valid ID. We’ve come a long way from the days of bootleggers and rum runners.

Just remember to tip well.

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Barrel 21 Releases Most Aged Product to Date

This Labor Day weekend, Barrel 21 Distillery in State College is releasing its most aged product to date, an Apple Brandy. The brandy has been aged for four years in used bourbon barrels.

This isn’t Barrel 21’s first apple product though. In fact the first product released to the public was an Apple Eu de Vie. Like the Eu de Vie, the Apple Brandy is made with locally sourced Keewaydin apples.

Pick up a bottle or two of the Apple Brandy this weekend and maybe a 32-ounce drink to go from Barrel 21 or Otto’s next door.

  • Lemon Thyme Martini
  • Tim’s Apple Wine Slushy
  • Jalapeno-Infused Bloody Mary

4Four6 Kicks Off Tea Blended Gin Series

4four6 Swamp Monster Gin

4four6 Distillery in the Sharpsburg section of Pittsburgh is releasing Swamp Monster Gin today, Friday, September 4th. The tea-blended gin is made in collaboration with Milvale’s Tupelo Honey Teas, who have made a name for themselves with collaborative beers, including with their neighboring Grist House. This tea was the result of trying a variety of teas with gin to great result. Swamp Monster was actually a blend Tupelo made for The Coffee Buddha Coffee Shop which has since closed (pre-COVID). But with Coffee Buddha’s blessing, it became the featured tea in Swamp Monster Gin.

The gin is described as having “great depth and complexity with herbal and floral notes. The gin botanicals complement the blended tea beautifully.”

Swamp Monster Gin is available at the Northway Mall Market beginning at 3 pm or at the Sharpsburg Tasting Room starting at 4 pm. 750 ml bottles are $36 each.

4four6 Distillery opened in early 2020 and have a line of rums (White and Spiced) and gin (Clementine and American Dry). Swamp Monster is the first in 4four6’s Blended Gin Series collaborations with Tupelo. Look for another tea gin to be released in time for the holidays.

Labor Day Sales Around Pennsylvania

Holla Vodka Mix Pack Pouches

It looks like several Pennsylvania distilleries are looking to help your wallet out this Labor Day weekend with sales. From Allentown to York, there are deals to be had.

Holla Spirits (York) – Select bottles and pouches are on sale. Also, get 15% off mix-and-match vodka pouches by using the discount code, MIXES15.

Hungry Run Distillery (Vira) – The bucolic distillery in Central PA is knocking 10% off of its best selling Blackberry Vodka all month.

Philadelphia Distilling (Philadelphia) – The Fishtown distillery is offering $2 to $5 off spirits this weekend and through October 4th. Get $2 off Penn 1681 Vodka, $3 off Bluecoat Barrel Rested Gin, $4 off Vieux Carré Absinthe and $5 off of Few Bourbon and Rye.

Xplorer Spirits (Allentown) – Get $5 off any bottle of Xplorer Spirits, including their new batch of Chocolate Bourbon Liqueur and shipping is a flat $5 per bottle.

Wardog Spirits Introduces Peach Bourbon

Wardog Spirits Peach Bourbon

Wardog Spirits at Black River Farms Vineyard & Winery in Bethlehem, PA released its Peach infused Bourbon this past week. Co-owner Andy Warner tells us that the peach bourbon has already been a big hit and with Labor Day weekend coming up, we imagine it will continue to be a favorite.

The whiskey starts with Wardog’s Black River Bourbon that then has a handmade peach puree blended in. The final product comes in at 70 proof and goes for $42.42 per 750ml bottle.

Wardog Spirits is open Monday through Thursday, from 2 pm to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5 pm.

Popcorn Bourbon? It’s a Thing

Kinsey Popcorn Bourbon

New Liberty Distilling has just announced new limited release under its Kinsey brand. Get ready for Popcorn Bourbon.

The bourbon is made with Zea Mays Everta Corn. And what is the exotically named Zea Mays Everta Corn? Well it’s the variety of corn typically used for making popcorn. Perfect perhaps for whiskey and a movie? The bourbon also blends Yellow Dent Corn and malted barley. It’s described as beginning “warm on the nose with notes of apple blossom and creamy sassafras. Drinking neat, you’ll find a lightness that carries flavors of vanilla, ripe cherries, and a lingering candied spice.”

The six year aged bourbon weighs in at 43.4% ABV and is available for $39.99 for a 750ml bottle. Follow this link to order Kinsey Popcorn Bourbon for pickup or delivery to Pennsylvania residents.

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