Award-winning Pittsburgh craft distillery Wigle Whiskey will mark five years with five weeks worth of celebratory events centered around the opening of the Wigle Whiskey Tasting Room at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

The 600-square-foot tasting room will take over the spot previously occupied by Prevail Hair Salon, and will be accessible from both Oliver Avenue and from inside the Omni William Penn.

The new tasting room and bottle shop will pop off with a grand opening celebration on April 21. Visitors will be able to purchase Wigle spirits to go, as well as enjoy cocktails made with Wigle spirits on-site, including a “build-your-own” Old Fashioned selection with choice of bitters, spirit, sugar and garnish.

Photo by Tom O’Connor.

This will be the third physical space for Wigle, which already operates a distillery and storefront in the Strip District as well as a barrelhouse and whiskey garden on the North Side in Spring Garden.

“Downtown Pittsburgh is becoming a hub for the city in a way that it hasn’t been for a long time,” says Jill Steiner, director of public events and public relations at Wigle. “We see new restaurants opening downtown, we see new tourism, so there’s definitely a heightened energy and we see a really ripe opportunity to move in and be part of the fabric of Downtown Pittsburgh.”

The new space is being designed by Garfield’s GBBN Architects. Steiner says it will retain the bright color scheme and mod feel associated with the Wigle aesthetic but with additional tile and woodwork to fit with the grandeur of the century-old Omni William Penn.

“It should feel Wigle-classy,” she says with a laugh.

In addition to the new Downtown bar and bottle shop, Wigle will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a variety of events across the city. On April 7 at the Strip District space, Wigle will release a single barrel batch of five-year-old Monongahela Rye Whiskey during their official anniversary party. One week later they will unveil a new Pommeau called “Pressed.” (Pommeau is a French apéritif made from combining apple brandy and apple cider.)

After the opening party for the tasting room Downtown on April 21, Wigle will celebrate with two more events, highlighted by the annual Barrel Roll May 5 that marks the seasonal opening of the whiskey garden and barrelhouse. There, Wigle will unveil “malt malt,” a whiskey made in collaboration with local craft brewery Spoonwood Brewing Company.

Wigle gained national attention this past February when they took home 16 medals at the American Craft Spirits Association Conference, including silver for their Barrel Rested Ginever. For more information on Wigle Whiskey, check out our 2014 feature.

Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.