Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #2- County Seat Spirits in Allentown, Pa

Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #2- County Seat Spirits in Allentown, Pa

It was a beautiful day to drive into Allentown, Pennsylvania last Saturday.  The owners of County Seat Spirits, Anthony Brichta and John Howe, were busy entertaining their visitors and I popped in to say “Hello.” I was amazed at how much energy there was in the industrial building that is the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center.  Upon entering, you can hear the buzz from Hijinx Brewing Co. on the right and the Colony Meadery on the left.  I couldn’t help but pop my head into both to see those bustling tasting rooms where dozens of people were chatting and sipping samples.  I made my way up and to the left through the building’s hallway to find County Seat’s tasting room full of ladies in matching t-shirts drinking cocktails.  John Howe greeted me with a smile and...

County Seat Spirits in Allentown, PA

County Seat Spirits in Allentown, PA

Allentown, Pennsylvania is home to County Seat Spirits.  Anthony Brichta, a native of Allentown, (which is the county seat of Lehigh County) began the business in the autumn of 2014 with his uncle, John Rowe.  One of the things that I respect about this little distillery is its connection to its roots and the history of the surrounding area.  Each spirit they produce is named after a local landmark or, in the case of their wheated bourbon, local history.  County Seat pays homage to the true story of how the Liberty Bell came to stay in Allentown for a brief period of time. In 1777, George Washington suffered defeat to the British and was forced to leave Philadelphia undefended. (He would winter in Valley Forge, which allowed for the 9 month occupation of British...