Wigle Adds Bottled Manhattan To Lineup

Wigle Manhattan Cocktail

We raised an eyebrow when Wigle Whiskey announced the recent release of their bottled Old Fashioned was to be the last batch of the bottled cocktail for the year. That makes a bit more sense now that Wigle has released a Bottled Manhattan. The Manhattan begins with Wigle’s Organic Straight Rye Whiskey, adding Wigle Amaro Vermut and Wigle’s Pomander orange bitters to the recipe.

Bottles ae available at all Wigle locations including the recently opened Bakery Square location. And this weekend you can pair your bottle with a drive-through dinner for two of brown butter gnocchi. The $45 bottle is also available to be shipped across the Commonwealth.

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Strip District Reserve Releases Coming to Wigle and Maggie’s Farm

Wigle Whiskey - Strip District Reserve Whiskey

Strip District Neighbors is working with Wigle Whiskey, Maggie’s Farm Rum and Cinderlands Beer Co. to produce a series of Strip District Reserve whiskey, rum and beer. A portion of all proceeds from the products will go to the district’s programs supporting the neighborhood’s small businesses.

Wigle Whiskey is releasing just 500 bottles (two barrels) of its five-year reserve whiskey as its Strip District Reserve Whiskey. Like many of Wigle’s limited releases, this bottle features a label designed by a local artist, in this case it is Sarah Zeffiro capturing the energy and businesses of the Strip District. The five-and-a-half year aged whiskey is described as featuring malt, tobacco and baking spices. Order the 750 ml bottles of the 80 proof whiskey for delivery across Pennsylvania, pick up at the distillery or at Wigle’s Ross Park Mall location.

Maggie’s Strip Reserve Rum will be released on Saturday, October 24th. The rum is their standard 50/50 Dark Rum (half white rum, half aged Central American blend) aged for two years versus the normal six months of aging.

Maggie’s Farm Strip Reserve Rum will be $45 for a 750 ml bottle, and available at the Strip District distillery as well as available for shipping across Pennsylvania.

Last Chance to Get Wigle’s Bottled Old Fashioned for the Year

Wigle Bottled Old Fashioned

One of the silver linings of the pandemic has certainly been seeing distilleries getting creative by offering packaged cocktails to go and for delivery. And has the months have stretched on the packaging has gotten significantly more attractive. Wigle Whiskey has had the packaging down from the get-go with their bottled Old-Fashioned Bourbon Cocktail.

So we’ve got good news and bad news. The good: The bottled Old-Fashioned will be back in stock on Friday, October 9th at the Pittsburgh distillery. The bad: it’s the last batch for the year. So if you’re considering the gift of easy cocktails this holiday season, now is the time to get your credit card out.

The bottled Old Fashioned is made with Wigle’s Organic Straight Pennsylvania Bourbon, Wigle’s own orange bitters and sweetened with cane sugar. You just have to pour it over a large ice cube and garnish with an orange peel.

Pre-order today for pickup or delivery across Pennsylvania. 750 ml bottles are available for $39.

Wigle Opens New Pop-Up Location

Wigle Whiskey opening at Bakery Square

Wigle Whiskey and its affiliated Threadbare Cider are opening a holiday pop-up location in Bakery Square.

The pop-up is located between Anthropologie and Free People stores in the Pittsburgh lifestyle center that also features Google’s Pittsburgh offices. The shop will offer bottle sales of both Wigle spirits and Threadbare ciders.

The grand opening celebration is set for Friday, October 2nd from 10 am to 6 pm with two dollar discounts on Wigle’s Cinnamon Whiskey and Threadbare’s Sweet Peach Cider.

The pop-up will be open Thursday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm.

UPDATED: Barrel Swap Leads To Two New Spirits

Maggie's Farm 50/50 Rum Finished in Bourbon Barrel

Maggie’s Farm Rum and Liberty Pole Spirits have come together to do a barrel trade. Liberty Pole gave Maggie’s Farm a freshly dumped bourbon cask and Maggie’s sent Liberty Pole a used dark rum cask.

Maggie’s Farm took their normal “50/50” dark rum and finished aging it in that bourbon barrel. Maggie’s Farm founder Tim Russell says, “we’ve done bourbon barrel finishes with this rum before, but we really took our time with this one and even did some additional blending. I’m definitely proud of this one now, but I think I’ll still be proud of it a few years from now (which you know is rare if you know me).”

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Wigle’s Limoncello Returns

Wigle Limoncello

It’s good to see Wigle Whiskey is back to their relentless release schedule, even if it occasionally makes this website look like a Wigle announcement board. But what do you know, Wigle has another release set for today, Thursday, September 24th. This time it is their Limoncello’s chance to grab headlines.

For each batch produced, Wigle employees and some dedicated volunteers hand peel lemons which are then steeped in Wigle’s made-from-scratch spirits with some sugar for just the right amount of sweetness.

Pick up a bottle of the bright yellow liqueur for $34 a 750 ml bottle (64 proof) at their distillery, the Ross Park Mall or delivered anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

Wigle Releasing Suffragette Rye

Wigle Suffragette Rye

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Wigle Whiskey is releasing a special edition whiskey, Suffragette Rye. The limited release features an eye catching colorful label designed by local Pittsburgh artist, Dakota Rethage. Over the next couple of weeks, Wigle Whiskey will also be celebrating its female employees through a social media campaign, #womenofwigle.

Inside the bottle, Suffragette Rye features an 84 proof, straight whiskey aged a minimum of two years in new charred oak. 375 ml bottles can now be pre-ordered for pickup. The bottles will be available at the distillery as of September 4th. Not able to make it in to the distillery? Get it shipped to your Pennsylvania residence.

JaggerBush Gin Released by Lawrenceville Distilling

Jagger Bush Gin

Lawrenceville Distilling has released JaggerBush, a new gin joining the cleverly named Ginzer (you know, like Yinzer). This time taking its inspiration on the Pittsburgh name for thorny plants. An apropos title for a gin made with juniper, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, lavender, orris root, black peppercorn and French winter wheat. By comparison, Ginzer is a blend of juniper, coriander, orange, and clove.

JaggerBush is available now for $25 via pickup or delivery to Pennsylvania residents for a flat $10. FedEx Express Saver rate.