Some familiar and many not so familiar faces filled the large room at West Overton Museum. The sold out crowd of over 100 people showed up to talk, drink and learn about rye whiskey. More specifically Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey was the focus and topic of conversation. The distinguished panel included: David Wondrich who is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. Lew Bryson who is currently a Senior Drinks Writer for The Daily Beast, and is also a columnist for Craft Spirits magazine. He is the author of Tasting Whiskey. Steve Bashore who is the Director of Historic Trades and head distiller at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Sam Komlenic who has been the copy editor for Whisky Advocate magazine for 15 years, led and navigated the evening’s discussion. Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye Whiskey welcomed all in attendance. Aleasha Monroe, head distiller, was introduced to the crowd. As dinner was served talk began of the history of whiskey and more particularly rye whiskey in Pennsylvania. For almost an hour an a half thoughts and facts were exchanged. Breaks were taken to toast the featured rye whiskeys from throughout the state. First Liberty Pole Rye Whiskey, followed by Stoll and Wolfe Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and then Dad’s Hat Monogahela Rye Whiskey. For the first time West Overton Distilling Monogahela Rye Whiskey was tasted. The discussion got the most heated on the topic of what defines the Monoghahela style or brand. Listen to this episode as Aleasha and Sam deconstruct the festivities. We discuss some of the highlights and taste the 3 expressions that are now on sale only at West Overton Distilling.
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