Inquirer’s Craig LaBan Lists PA Spirits Among His Holiday Choices

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan lists Dad’s Hat’s Straight Rye and Manatawny’s Bottled in Bond in his list of the best whiskeys to buy this holiday season.

LaBan notes that age is helping both distilleries out, noting Dad’s Hat has recently bumped its Straight Rye from three to four years of age. He also notes that in Manatawny’s case, “[t]ime in a barrel is paying off for this rising distillery from Pottstown. “

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Imperial Coffee Stout Whiskey from County Seat Spirits

Collaboration whiskey made with Saucony Creek Imperial Coffee Stout

Get moving now because County Seat Spirits has just dropped an extremely limited release. Their collaboration with Saucony Creek Brewing is made with the brewery’s Imperial Coffee Stout and turned into whiskey.

Forty 375ml bottles are available at County Seat’s Easton location and just twelve are for sale at their Allentown location. The bottles are $25 each. What are you doing reading this? Get going if you want a shot at this collaboration whiskey.

Hewn Spirits Kicks Off Construction at New Distillery

New home for Hewn Spirits

Hewn Spirits, which currently distills in Pipersville, PA has kicked off construction at its new distillery at Quakertown’s upcoming Trolley Barn Public Market. Hewn is the latest tenant announced in a lineup that also includes fellow anchors Black River Winery and and the already openedTwo Rivers Brewing. The project will have 12-14 tenants in total.

Hewn also has a tasting room in Lahaska’s Peddler’s Village and according to a Facebook comment, are looking for additional locations on the Main Line and Lehigh Valley.

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Another Weekend, Another Whiskey for Wigle

Wigle Deep Cut

The weekend is almost upon us and that means another whiskey release for the ambitious team at Wigle Whiskey.

This Friday the Pittsburgh based distillery will be releasing 230 bottles of its five-year aged Deep Cut Bottled in Bond Organic Straight Bond Rye ($75 for 750ml bottle). Practically as many words in the description as bottles in this release.

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Unique Rum Comes Out of Erie County

Edinburo, PA’s Cart/Horse Distilling’s has released an intriguing new rum. The rum is made for the town’s Engine 39 Social Club, which is owned and operated by the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department. Engine 39 Mutual Aid is a rum flavored with natural ginger, habanero and apple flavor.

It sounds like an intense spirit that certainly doesn’t play it close to the vest. Color us intrigued.

Cart/Horse Distilling also produces a line of spirits that include an unaged cane spirit, vodka, gin, wheat whiskey and Root Digger, a root beer spirit.

Dad’s Hat Bottled in Bond a Finalist for Whiskey of the Year

Dad’s Hat Bottled in Bond

Leading spirits writer Fred Minnick will be picking his whiskey of the year via YouTube Live on December, 20th. In the run up to the big day, he has announced all of his contenders and Bristol, PA’s Dad’s Hat Bottled in Bond is among the chosen.

About Dad’s Hat Bonded Rye, Minnick says:

Whenever I have posted positive things about Dad’s Hat, it’s often met with a groundswell of “this is crap” comments. And hey, we’re all entitled to our own opinions (for God’s sake, I blab for a living), but I often think people misunderstand this rye and its style. You can genuinely taste rye bread, and that appeals to me. I also love seeing Pennsylvania return to the whiskey game.

Whiskey of the Year Contenders

Be sure to tune in on December 20th, when Minnick announces his favorite via a broadcast blind tasting.

New Apple Brandy from Midstate Distillery

Harrisburg’s Midstate Distillery has released its first Apple Brandy. The brandy is made with local apples and aged in used Bourbon barrels for at least twenty months.

Midstate describes the spirit as ” bright and subtle flavor of local apples beneath soft oak notes from our used Bourbon barrels.”

Perhaps most excitedly, Midstate’s Apple Brandy comes with a sticker price that won’t shock. It’s on sale now for $19.99 for a 375ml bottle.

Midstate Distilling is open Friday through Sunday for bottle and cocktail sales.

Manatawny Launching Exclusive Gin for Hungry Pigeon Restaurant

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.

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