Our Favorite Furry Friend

By: Amanda Narcisi


Seems that as quickly as the New Year was rung in we skip ahead to Groundhogs Day. In Pittsburgh, we have this love for a furry friend named Phil. Every year his appearances grow and so does the fun that surrounds Groundhog Day.

Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider are celebrating Phil with the release of a special Whiskey and Cider. Phil’s Shadow Whiskey and Phil’s Burrow Cider will be released over the weekend of January 18th with a few special events. This special Phil-a-palooza is a collaboration between Wigle Whiskey and Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.


Phil’s Shadow

Phils Shadow begins with regionally sourced rye, locally distilled, and is aged for 18 months in new charred oak barrels at Wigle Whiskey Distillery. After the 18 months it is then transferred to maple syrup barrels, this results in a spicy and sweet Whiskey.

Phil’s Burrow

Phil’s Burrow is a dry cider that is finished in Wigle Whiskey Dunder Rum and Landlocked Rum Barrels. To finish Phil’s Burrow, the cider is then placed back in the fermenters with chopped raisins and cinnamon. The result is a sweet, warm cider.


The Phil-a-palooza Weekend is four days of activities spanning three locations:

   Phil’s Shadow Release Party

    Friday, January 18th, 6-9PM

    Wigle Whiskey Distillery, Strip District

    $12 Ticket per guest

Punxsutawney Phil will be on location with the Groundhog Club for photos. The Groundhog Club will also have merchandise for sale. The $12 ticket includes one barrel-aged cocktail, a sample of Phil’s Shadow and family friendly Phil like activities. Food truck Pita My Shawarma will be on site, but not included in ticket price.

Tickets: https://wiglewhiskey.com/events/phil-a-palooza-phils-shadow-release/

Lunch with Groundhog Phil and Release of Phil’s Burrow

    Saturday, January 19th, 11AM-3PM

    Threadbare Cider & Mead

    Free to attend

Groundhog Phil will be available for a photo opportunity. Family activities include coloring pages and a Groundhog finger puppet. A cider maker will be on-site for Phil’s Burrow samples. 

To Register: https://threadbarecider.com/event/lunch-with-groundhog-phil-and-cider-release-party/

Maple Cocktail Class with Phil’s Shadow

    Monday, January 21st, 6-8PM

    Wigle Whiskey Tasting Room and Bottle Shop Downtown, Omni William Penn

    $30 Per Guest

Have you ever wanted to learn to make the perfect maple cocktail? This is your chance! Wigle Whiskey will teach a small group session by going through a flight to pick the best spirits for this cocktail, then you have the chance to build a creation of your own. The $30 ticket includes a Wigle Whiskey flight, guided cocktail session and a light snack from Threadbare Cider Kitchen. Tickets are required.

For Tickets: https://wiglewhiskey.com/events/maple-cocktail-class-with-phils-shadow/

Wigle is just one Pittsburgh company that teams up with Punxsutawney Groundhog Club so stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information. For more information on these events or on Wigle Whiskey visit https://wiglewhiskey.com. Cheers! 

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