American whiskey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Throughout the 1700 and 1800s, Western Pennsylvania was the home of American Whiskey production. Wigle is named after a pioneering Pennsylvania distiller. In the 1790s, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill and helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion. He was sentenced to hang by George Washington for treason for defending his unsinkable love of whiskey. Wigle was ultimately pardoned by Washington and after the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, Pittsburgh continued to make the country's whiskey.
By 1808, Allegheny County was producing half a barrel of whiskey for every man, woman and child living in America. At this time, the gold standard of American whiskey was a spicy, earthy Rye Whiskey called Monongahela Rye. At the height of Whiskey making in Western Pennsylvania, there were 4,000 documented stills. Today, Wigle Whiskey is the only whiskey distillery in the region and was the first distillery in the City of Pittsburgh since Prohibition.
Wigle is a family owned distillery and focuses on purchasing all organic goods from local retailers. In 2015 & 2016, Wigle was the most awarded craft whiskey distillery in the US by the American Craft Spirits Association and has won Best in Category Craft Rye Whiskey (2015), Best in Category Wheat Whiskey (2016), and Best in Category Genever (2016), in the same double-blind competition of hundreds of whiskeys from around the country.
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