2nd Annual Whiskey Smash
- Nov 19, 2016
- 109 West Overton Road
- Scottdale, PA 15683
To celebrate the region’s heritage as one of the world’s premier pre-Prohibition distilling destinations, West Overton Village and Museum will host its second annual Whiskey Smash! A Celebration of Local and Regional Craft Spirits on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6-8 p.m.
Tickets are $50 in advance only, either online or by calling the museum at 724-887-7910 ext. 3. No tickets will be sold at the door. Guests must be 21, and all proceeds benefit West Overton, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The event features tastings of crafted whiskey and moonshine from seven regional distilleries, plus live music, a cash bar, delicious food, bottles for purchase and whiskey desserts. Guests will be able to sample West Overton’s featured cocktail, the Whiskey Smash, made with Old Overholt. Each guest will receive a souvenir rocks glass.
“Last year we were named one of the top five events of 2015 by a local daily paper,” said Managing Director Jessica Kadie-Barclay. “Since the Smash sold out last year, we expanded to two floors to accommodate more guests and showcase our event spaces.”
Kadie-Barclay added that new Pennsylvania laws also permit guests to buy bottles of crafted spirits directly from the distillers at the Whiskey Smash.
Participating Pennsylvania distilleries include Blackbird Distillery, of Brookville; Disobedient Spirits, of Homer City; Mingo Creek Craft Distillers, of Washington; Red Pump Spirits, of Washington; Ridge Runner Distillery, of Chalk Hill; Tall Pines Distillery, of Salisbury; and Wigle Whiskey, of Pittsburgh.
House of Leaves, a jazz, blues, pop, and fusion cover band based in Greensburg, will provide music, and the evening’s food will be provided by Carson’s Premier Catering, the event’s major sponsor. The new Cupcake Shoppe, of Greensburg, and Herbalicious: The Gluten-Free Store, of Mt. Pleasant, will provide whiskey desserts.
“Whiskey distilling shaped our region, and we’re honoring the new craft distillers that are bringing this industry back to life,” said Kadie-Barclay. “Distilling is a defining feature of both West Overton’s past and our future.”
Under Kadie-Barclay’s leadership, West Overton will reopen the West Overton Distilling Company that last made whiskey onsite in 1906.
Old Farm Pennsylvania Pure Rye Whiskey was made at West Overton, and Old Overholt was made at nearby Broadford, a sister distillery, mentioned in the hit TV show, “Boardwalk Empire.”
For more information, contact West Overton Village and Museum at 724-887-7910.