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. The distillery is named in honor of a man who was sentenced to hang in 1794 for his role in starting the infamous Whiskey Rebellion. In the early 1790s, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill corn into whiskey without paying new federal taxes. His struggle with local tax collectors inspired other farmers who depended upon whiskey production as a way to earn a living. His actions helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Western Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington's troops.
Public tours of the distillery are offered daily and offer a walk through the process of converting grain into whiskey through fermentation, distillation, and aging. The tour also offers a look into the unique history of whiskey in the region including western Pennsylvania's infamous Whiskey Rebellion where local farmers challenged the legality of taxes levied by the new government led by George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.