New Distilleries in Pennsylvania

New Distilleries in Pennsylvania

The American Whiskey Convention in Philadelphia was a bit of an inspiration for me to spend a bit more time discussing the boom in whiskey distilling here in Pennsylvania.  The “White Dog Row” element of the Convention showed off 11 new make spirits from 8 different local distilleries.  White whiskey is the backbone of any distillery.  It shows the character of the grain, the flavors contributed by the yeasts and the potential of the spirit.  No amount of aging can fix a bad white whiskey foundation.  I think it was important to highlight the potential of our local distilleries through their white dogs.  It also gave a chance for the distillers and representatives from those distilleries to speak directly to the public about their work and their visions for the...

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,...