Old Overholt and Its Roots in Bucks County

Old Overholt and Its Roots in Bucks County

Did you know that Old Overholt Rye Whiskey has historic roots in Bucks County? Abraham Overholt, the founder of the West Overton Distilling Co. and creator of Old Farm whiskey, was the son of Henry and Anna Overholt of Bucks County. (There are still many Overholt descendants still living in Bedminster, Plumsteadville, Deep Run, Blooming Glen, Perkasie, Dublin, and other towns throughout Bucks County.) In In the 1850’s, the Overholts opened a second distillery in Broad Ford, Pa. They made Old Monongahela Whiskey and, later, Old Overholt after Abraham’s death (possibly named in his honor). They were able to remain open during Prohibition by making medicinal whiskeys. The last Overholt descendant to own the brand was Henry Clay Frick- millionaire...

Considering the Volstead Act in Congress 100 years Ago Today

Today in history, almost a hundred years ago, Prohibition was being considered in Congress. What was to become the Volstead Act, the bill was introduced in the House as H.R. 6810 by Andrew Volstead (R–MN) on June 27, 1919. (It wouldn’t pass until October, though 38 of the 48 states were already dry.) Can you imagine that it took nearly 100 years for whiskey to make a comeback in Pennsylvania? On December 22, 2011, Governor Corbett signed House Bill No. 242 (PN2815) into law. It is now known as Act 113 and distilleries are finally making a comeback in our state! We need to support them and drive the stain of that failed experiment of prohibition out of Pennsylvania. Rye whiskey is back,...

Michters/ Bombergers?

  Michter’s was from Pennsylvania but the brand is now owned and bottled in Kentucky by Chatham Imports. Looks like Bomberger’s name is going down to Kentucky with it. It’d be nice to see more pre-Prohibition Pennsylvanian brands return to Pennsylvania. Just saying…a whiskey history as rich as the one we have in Pennsylvania should be preserved. Local Distiller Changes Name and Plans New Distillery – Lititz Record Express Local distiller opts to change name, but plans for new Lititz distillery still on track for 2016. LITITZRECORD.COM...