A Floor Malting Robot?

By: Amanda Narcisi

On May 5th, Wigle will open its seasonal location at Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden on Spring Garden Ave. To celebrate this event, they will debut maltmalt Whiskey; a collaboration with Spoonwood Brewing in South Hills.

During the release, a special project will be premiered: a floor malting robot. It was built as a tool to teach about malt. It will live at the Barrelhouse and will be a stop during tours. The project took place thanks to The Robotics Hub at Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University's Food Studies Program, and Wigle Whiskey.

The maltmalt Whiskey is made to be like Spoonwood Brewery Smoke & Oats.

    “The whiskey is distilled from a mash bill of cherrywood-smoked malt, oat malt,
Munich malt, and caramel malt. After maturing in used casks, the spirit has a distinct smoky characteristic and creamy mouthfeel that similarly characterizes its corresponding beer.”

This event is also the annual barrel roll. Local organizations build floats to carry empty barrels along a special route from Wigle Distillery to the Wigle Barrelhouse. Participants include: Penn Brewery, PULSE Pittsburgh, CMU Buggy, TechShop Pittsburgh, and Colonel Eagleburgerʼs Highstepping Goodtime Band. They will stop along the way at La Prima Espresso, have popcorn under the route 28 overpass, and beer at Penn Brewery. The barrel roll kicks off at 5PM and is free but you must register on the Wigle website.

The maltmalt Whiskey party is a $20 ticket through the website. The party is from 6-9:30 and your ticket includes a cocktail, beer, whiskey sampling, and tour of the malting robot exhibit. Music will be provided by Mixus Brothers. There will be malted milkshakes with ice cream from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. Beer from Spoonwood and food from Baby Loves Tacos.

For more information and to get tickets check out wiglewhiskey.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Cheers!