“Tis July’s immortal Fourth; all fountains should run wine right this moment!” Melville wrote in 1851, in “Moby-Dick.” “Would now, it had been previous Orleans whiskey, or previous Ohio, or unspeakable previous Monongahela!”
Now, after almost a century in oblivion, Pennsylvania rye is lastly making a return — rye whiskey is among the many fastest-growing spirits classes within the nation.
There may be now a Whiskey Revolt Path, a consortium of distilleries and historic websites across the Mid-Atlantic. And this fall the spirits big Beam Suntory will launch an Outdated Monongahela model of Outdated Overholt, a storied Pennsylvania whiskey model it acquired in 1987.
Outdated Overholt is called after Abraham Overholt, whose household based the massive distillery at Broad Ford however received their begin at a website referred to as West Overton, 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. As we speak, at a museum advanced referred to as West Overton Village, Mr. Komlenic, the whiskey skilled, helps construct out a show on the historical past of Pennsylvania whiskey.
West Overton Village is stepping into the whiskey enterprise as nicely: Final 12 months Mr. Komlenic oversaw the discharge of a really small batch of Outdated Monongahela, distilled and aged in one of many museum’s buildings. It’s spicy, earthy and herbaceous — a taste that displays Pennsylvania’s lengthy distilling previous, and presumably its future as nicely.
If You Go …
Mountain Laurel Spirits 925 Canal Avenue, Bristol, Pa.; 215-781-8300; dadshatrye.com
New Liberty Distillery 1431 Cadwallader Avenue, Philadelphia; 267-928-4650; newlibertydistillery.com
Stoll & Wolfe Distillery 35 North Cedar Avenue Rear, Lititz, Pa.; 717-799-4499; stollandwolfe.com
Mingo Creek Craft Distillers 68 West Maiden Avenue, Washington, Pa.; 724-503-4014; libertypolespirits.com
Wigle Whiskey 2401 Smallman Avenue, Pittsburgh; 412-224-2827; wiglewhiskey.com
West Overton Village 109 West Overton Highway, Scottdale, Pa.; 724-887-7910; westovertonvillage.org