Even in a city like Pittsburgh, where breweries release dozens of great craft beers each week, everyone periodically reaches a point where they need a break from beer. (*gasp*) Even if it’s only for a day or between 16oz. pours. Why not explore all the great alcoholic beverages of Pittsburgh?
Wigle Whiskey, a local favorite and award-winning distillery, is no stranger to the beer community. Over the years, they have collaborated with local breweries such as East End and Strange Roots (Draai Laag at the time). Just last month, they released a straight rye whiskey, Imp-ish, with Iron City Beer. Wigle even has a hopped whiskey, appropriately named Hopped.
Wigle’s latest release is also their first cross-state collaboration – a peach whiskey with Tröegs Independent Brewing. Whether you’re a whiskey enthusiast, or a beer nerd that appreciates malty flavors; barrel-aged character; or even fruity, funky beers; Wigle and Tröegs have crafted a spirit perfect for your next departure from ales and lagers.
Pennsylvania Peach started as Wigle’s straight whiskey, aged four years in charred oak barrels. It was then transferred to beer barrels that were used to age Tröegs Freaky Peach Sour Ale. To finish off this special whiskey, and give it even more depth, it was steeped with fresh peaches and apricots for several weeks. Expect notes of peach, mango, brown sugar, and allspice from this sweet, perfect-for-summer spirit.
Here’s one of my favorite whiskey cocktail recipes that I can’t wait to try with this new Peach Whiskey:
-Mix ingredients & pour over ice:
- 1.5 oz. Pennsylvania Peach Whiskey
- 2 tsp. Simple Syrup (I’m going to try brown sugar simple syrup for a deeper caramel flavor)
- 2 dashes bitters
-Optional: Top off with club soda
-Optional: Peach slices for garnish
Just for fun: Get your hands on a bottle of Pennsylvania Peach, a bottle of Freaky Peach sour ale, and try comparing the two side-by-side!
Half-sized bottles, 375mL, go on sale today for $39. In addition to supporting a local distillery and a PA-favorite brewery, $1 from every bottle of whiskey supports Feeding Pennsylvania. Feeding PA is an organization with the mission of connecting food-insecure Pennsylvanians with surplus from local farms.
Additionally, Wigle’s sister cidery Threadbare Cider House, will be celebrating their own peach-centric event on the August 1st: a pie bake-off. More info here.
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