Wigle Summer

By: Amanda Narcisi


As the Daffodils begin to push through the frozen earth, Pittsburgh is greeted with many signs of spring; Baseball, the return of Scoobi’s and the opening of Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden.


If you have ever had the chance to visit the Barrelhouse, it is the place to sample Whiskey and Bourbon from the Pittsburgh based distillery, but it is also the event space to chill on a Friday night. Many of the weekends are filled with events, tours, food trucks and lots of fun like Tar and Feather, Wigle’s yearly homage to the Whiskey Rebellion. Most events also have live music, food, and bottles for purchase.

Maderia Cask Finished Bourbon

Maderia Cask Finished Bourbon

2019 at the Barrelhouse-the Cask Bourbon

Wigle was fortunate to get two barrels from the small island Maderia, Portugal. These wine barrels hold wine that is sweet with notes of walnut and orange peel. Wigle felt it would be the perfect venue to house some of their Pennsylvania Bourbon with its vanilla, caramel, and spicy notes. The bourbon rested in the Maderia barrels for a year. The result is Maderia Cask Finished Bourbon.

2019 Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden Opening

2019 Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden Opening

The Opening Event

On Friday, April 19th, Wigle Barrelhouse, and Whiskey Garden open with a pooch parade. This is a modern take on a Barrel Roll where patrons are encouraged to dress their dogs in Whiskey inspired garb and parade from Threadbare Cider to Wigle Barrelhouse.

No pooch to parade? The Barrelhouse will be open with food from Gaucho Asado Truck, live music from Tim Vitullo Band and beer from Penn Brewery as well as cider from Threadbare and cocktails from Wigle.

Events are free for the weekend but registration is asked. Food and Cocktails will be for sale for the event, however, if attendees purchase the $20 passport to receive discounts on summer cocktails. For more information visit https://wiglewhiskey.com/events/barrelhouse-whiskey-garden-season-opening/.

How about a bite to eat before at Penn Brewery?