The Whiskey Rebellion (a protest to the taxes imposed upon spirits-makers) during the late 18th century proved that Americans are dead serious about their whiskey. We’re still just as passionate about our spirits, but fortunately refreshed laws are allowing us to express said passion in the form of craft distilling, instead of violent, raging protest.
One of these new craft distilleries reminds us of that protest. It is the first whiskey distillery to establish itself in western Pennsylvania since the Rebellion. Wigle Whiskey, a new, family-owned distillery opened in Pittsburgh in March. The distillery is named after Phillip Wigle, a whiskey-maker charged for treason and sentenced to death in 1794. The new distillery makes its product in a copper pot, just like Mr. Wigle.
Dedicated to its roots, the new distillery also plans to open Pennsylvania’s first Whiskey Rebellion museum, and in the meantime they offer distillery tours with a historical flare.
Wigle Whiskey Restores Pennsylvania Tradition, The Tartan