Pittsburgh’s come a long way from its roots as a “shot and a beer town.” Sure, plenty of people around here still hoist a mug of Iron (or Penn Pilsner or Big Hope IPA or White Lightning Wit). But nowadays they can chase it with a shot of home-made [legal] moonshine… er… whiskey, as well. And, if they’re in the mood for something softer, there’s hard cider from Lawrenceville.
We recently took Our Region’s Business on the road to showcase these stories at the Woodville Plantation, the Neville House in Bridgeville that was a backdrop for the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. There, we got to meet the co-founder of Wigle Whiskey, a Strip District startup that’s carrying on the rebellious tradition at Pennsylvania’s first distillery to provide on-premises sampling and sales. Think of it as a micro-brewery for the hard stuff.
Of course, in Pittsburgh if you’re going to have a shot, you need the beer to go with it. So we caught up with the new owner of Pittsburgh Brewing and found out about his efforts to revitalize Iron City and other venerable brands. Our chaser was Arsenal Cider, created by a husband/wife team in their Lawrenceville home.
Hope you have as much fun watching it as we did shooting it. Our Region’s Business is co-produced by the Allegheny Conference and Cox Broadcasting. The program airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on Pittsburgh’s WPXI Channel 11, at 6 a.m. on WJAC-TV (Johnstown-Altoona) and at 6:30 a.m. on WTOV-TV (Wheeling-Steubenville). It is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, and at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. You can explore an archive of past segments here.