Photo courtesy of Wigle Whiskey.

Wigle and Threadbare up awards

For the sixth year in a row, Wigle Whiskey is the most awarded craft whiskey distillery in the country.

The Strip District-based company took home 40 medals at the American Craft Spirits Association awards, including a gold medal for their Wigle Kilted Rye Whiskey.

Wigle’s sister company, Threadbare Cider & Mead won 18 medals in the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, making it the most awarded cider house in Pennsylvania. Threadbare’s Rosé, Dry and Gingerbread ciders earned gold medals.

Chef Eric Von Hansen with his prize-winning pizza. Photo courtesy of Caliente Pizza & Draft House.

Caliente expands, wins big at International Pizza Expo

Caliente Pizza & Draft House just hit the jackpot in Vegas.

Eric Von Hansen, Caliente’s head regional chef, won first place in the Non-Traditional Pizza category, Northeast Region, at the International Pizza Expo. The event is the largest trade show in the world for the pizza industry.

His bison filet-topped pie, the Tony Montana, adds to a growing list of championship pizzas from Caliente. The Mee-Maw pie was named the Best Pizza in America at the 2019 World Pizza Championships in Italy, and the Quack Attack was named the Best Pan Pizza in the World at the 2016 International Pizza Expo. Although delicious, the Tony Montana probably won’t become a regular menu item since the ingredients are pricey.

Caliente is riding the wave of success by opening its sixth restaurant in the region in Sewickley this fall. A seventh spot will open in Crafton soon. Both eateries will occupy former Sharp Edge restaurants.

Clean Nine Mile Run, get free stuff

To close out National Water Quality Month, 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. and UpstreamPgh are teaming up to clean Nine Mile Run. On Friday, Aug. 27, from 3 to 7 p.m., volunteers are invited to meet at the soccer fields at the bottom of Frick Park to grab a trash bag and a clean-up kit.

Fill the bag and have it verified by Upstream to claim a $10 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. gift card and a free beer. Volunteers must register online.

Independent Author Expo at Sto-Rox Public Library

The Sto-Rox Public Library at 420 Chartiers Ave. in McKees Rocks is hosting an Independent Author Book Expo on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will include sales opportunities for authors, panel discussions and children’s book readings. It will also bring awareness to the barriers that independent authors face, especially authors of color, in getting their books published and cataloged in libraries.

Independent authors from the Greater Pittsburgh area as well as from Atlanta, Brooklyn, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., will participate and have their work cataloged in the Sto-Rox Library.

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Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.