Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #4- Manatawny Still Works in Pottstown, Pa

Summer 2016 PA Distillery Tour #4- Manatawny Still Works in Pottstown, Pa

North of Philadelphia is suburban Montgomery County, which is the third most populous county in the state after Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties.  Though Montgomery County wasn’t established until 1784 from lands once belonging to Philadelphia County, many of its towns and much of its history go back much further than that.  Pottstown, originally Pottsgrove, was laid out in the early 1750’s and grew into an industrial borough along the Schuylkill River specializing in steel, iron, agriculture and milling.  The land the town was built upon was land deeded to William Penn, but, before that, it was land that was occupied and utilized by the Lenape Indians.  The Manatawny Creek, which runs through Pottstown, means “the place where we meet to drink” in Lenape. ...

Manatawny Still Works in Pottstown, PA

Manatawny Still Works in Pottstown, PA

Whiskey distilleries tend to be nostalgic for good reason.  So much of our national history coincides with that of American whiskey production in the United States.  There is a great deal of pride in who did what first and in each distillery’s origin story.  Pennsylvania lost its historic ties to whiskey production in the early 20th century and it wants to reclaim its rightful national status as the birthplace of American whiskey.  (Though Kentucky tends to wear that crown, it truly belongs to Pennsylvania.)  The question is, how does a brand new distillery make a name for themselves in a sea of whiskey nostalgia and half true origin stories?  You embrace the history of your town, your state and respect your local community, that’s how.  Be honest with your...