By: Amanda Narcisi
It is Autumn again and the air has gotten a bit more crisp and everyone in Pittsburgh is looking forward to apple picking and pumpkin patches. There is this excitement about leaves changing color and the idea of a home cooked meal. The liquor and beer industry is no different and Wigle Whiskey brings out a usual favorite: Walkabout Apple Whiskey.
Walkabout Apple Whiskey was started four years ago after Wigle founder, Meredith Grilli, was teaching a New Product Development course at Chatham University Masters in Food Studies program. Walkabout Apple Whiskey begins with identifying 18-24 month old small-cask whiskey barrels. Apple-wood staves, small wooden slats, are directly added to the barrels to start the apple flavor with the American whiskey. After six more weeks of aging the whiskey is diluted with “freeze-concentrated” apple cider from Soergel’s in Wexford, PA.
This special whiskey will be released during a special event-filled weekend from Friday October 6th to Sunday, October 8th. Starting Friday, October 6th from 5-9:30 at Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden. For the first time there will also be cider samples from the upcoming Threadbare Cider & Mead, Pittsburgh’s newest cider house opening Fall of 2017. During the event Black Sheep BBQ food truck will be parked on site and serving BBQ all night! Bottles of Walkabout will be discounted for this event only-$10 off 750ml and $5 off 375ml. Tickets are on $15 and include two Walkabout Apple Whiskey Cocktails, cider samples form Threadbare Cider & Mead, apple themed activities including photos with Johnny Appleseed, discounts on bottles, live music and food truck access. This event is family friendly.
Next on Saturday October 7th from 5-9:30 is the last Drinking Buddies where Wigle has a special pairing of local Pittsburgh restaurants and this time the Walkabout Apple Whiskey. The event is free to attend and the restaurants featured for this event is Blue Sparrow food truck with Banh Mi sandwiches.
On Sunday the weekend wraps with the Walkabout Apple Whiskey Festival Which is at the Wigle Distillery in the Strip District. This event is also free to attend and is a day long event from 10AM to 4 PM. The Walkabout Apple Whiskey Festival will feature cocktail specials, apple themed activities and live music. Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt will be on hand for some apple cinnamon frozen yogurt liquid-nitrogen style.
For information about all three events and to purchase tickets in advance check out wiglewhiskey.com or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Wigle Distillery is located at 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh Pa 15222 and the Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden is located at 1055 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Cheers!