By: Amanda Narcisi
It is the time of year when families and friends gather. We toast the end to a year and bask in the glow of a new year. For many, it is the time for cocktails. So where in Pittsburgh can you get the best of the best for a local spirit while you entertain at home?
A very Wigle Christmas
Fresh off the heels of the end of the season for the Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, Wigle Whiskey announced there newest location: Ross Park Mall. Located in an old bank, this new bottleshop will be the perfect stocking stuffer or just the place to stop to grab a bottle for the Manhattans at your Holiday Party. This is a great addition to the already Pittsburgh-famous Strip District location and the location that opened last year in the Omni William Penn downtown. All three locations will be open various times throughout the Holiday. Ross Park Mall location is set to open on November 20th.
Wigle is debuting a few new spirits in time for the Holidays and bringing back a few favorites:
Single Barrel Straight PA Bourbon
Single Barrel Straight Wapsie Bourbon
Deep Cut Bottled in Bond
Wigle Rudolph-This is being released on December 1st at 10AM to kick off Wigle’s Tree Sale at the Barrelhouse. It is part of the Brewer series and made with Rudolph Red Beer from Rivertowne Brewing.
Kilted Rye Release-December 6 from 6-9-a smokey scotch. The Kilted Rye is made from a malted rye and local rye and finished in Laphroaig barrels.
Mezcal Rye-Released on December 14th.
For more information visit https://wiglewhiskey.com.
All over PA and Into Your Bar Cart
If you are looking for the most outrageous selection of PA spirits, Pittsburgh Libations in the Strip District will be the perfect stop. Located a short distance from Penn Mac, the best stop for you to prepare a Charcuterie Board, this bottle shop houses Rum, Whiskey, Bourbon and Vodka all from PA. Pennsylvania sourced spirits from Liberty Pole, Boyd & Blair, Disobey and Red Pump Spirits just to name a few. There is also events and a tasting area. For more information visit https://pennsylvanialibations.com.
Keep it Local
There are other distilleries to visit for local love this Holiday season. Quantum Spirits located in Carnegie prides itself on a scientific view of distilling Vodka, Gin and a Citrus. For more information visit https://quantumspirits.com.
Maggies Farm Rum was founded in 2013 and locally crafts Rum and Liquors. All of Maggies Farm Rum is distilled in 100% Spanish-made Copper Stills with turbinado, a raw cane instead of the traditional Molasses. For more information visit http://maggiesfarmrum.com.
Don’t Forget the Wine
If you are shopping for the gift to bring to dinner or just have a party guest who would rather drink wine there are a few choices for local wine.
The Narcisi Winery is located to the North and has old world recipes that make this winery a destination to visit. If you are just looking for an afternoon or great date night away, the restaurant and tasting room is a great escape. Grab a bottle or a case along with some fun wine-inspired gifts. For more information visit http://www.narcisiwinery.com.
Vinoski Winery is located south of the city and is the perfect event space if you are looking for a great place for a fancy Holiday Party. There is a full bottle shop inside of the winery, but for hours and information visit http://www.vinoskiwinery.com.
No matter why you need the spirits to shop local and have fun and be responsible.
If you love this piece visit our piece on Wigle Whiskey and there opening of the bottle shop in the Omni William Penn. Cheers!