Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #7- Blackbird Distillery, Brookville, Pa

Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #7- Blackbird Distillery, Brookville, Pa

  Moonshine, anyone?  Out in Brookville, Pennsylvania, just off of the route 80 and about 2/3 of the way across the state toward Ohio, is Blackbird Distillery.  The name Blackbird comes from the nickname given to David Black, the owner and distiller, by family and friends.  David owns the distillery with his wife, Jennifer.  They wanted to replace David’s income from welding with something a bit closer to his heart- making shine, “the primitive way,” without machinery. David hand grinds local corn before loading it into his mashtun.  Jennifer explained that he actually stands above the mash-tank on a plank, stirring it himself with a paddle.  He then buckets the cooked mash into fermentation tanks.  After fermentation is complete, a lever releases the liquid...