Liberty Poles, Excise Tax and Rebellion: Part Three

Ellen Hough, of Liberty Pole Spirits, recounts the story of the Whiskey Rebellion
As Americans began to move west after the Revolutionary War, Pittsburgh became a last outpost of civilization before travelers boarded boats on the Ohio River. Distillers produced whiskey to trade with the newcomers in exchange for staples.

Liberty Poles, Excise Tax and Rebellion: Part Two

Ellen Hough, of Liberty Pole Spirits, recounts the story of the Whiskey Rebellion.
The United States developed its first army to march on tax-evading distillers.

Liberty Poles, Excise Tax and Rebellion

Ellen Hough, of Liberty Pole Spirits, recounts the story of the Whiskey Rebellion
As Americans began to move west after the Revolutionary War, Pittsburgh became a last outpost of civilization before travelers boarded boats on the Ohio River. Distillers produced whiskey to trade with the newcomers in exchange for staples.

Dancing with the Green Fairy: Part Two

How did the destruction of Europe’s vineyards lead the rise of absinthe?
The mystery shrouding this jade-colored spirit has intrigued drinkers for hundreds of years. Fascination spurred imitation, often with subpar ingredients, which contributed to the dangerous reputation absinthe acquired.

Dancing With the Green Fairy: Part One

Cecil Usher guides us through the history and mystery of dancing with the green fairy
Since the 1700s, absinthe, the emerald-colored herbal spirit, has captured the collective imagination. From its beginnings as a medicine to the height of its popularity among artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Mary Shelley, its true effects and mysterious origins have been shrouded in a veil of misunderstanding.

The Bitter Truth

This week, Five Minutes in Food History explores bitters with Wigle Whiskey’s Jill Steiner
Most alcohols started out life as medicines peddled as cures for common ailments. Today, we have a robust bar culture that uses them as cheer-giving intoxicants.

Part Five: The agony and the ecstasy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

The Lawrenceville brewery goes dark, and untold relics of city history are sold off.
Editor Charlie Deitch tells us about diving into the long and tumultuous history of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, nine years after its contested move out of the city to Latrobe.

Part four: The agony and the ecstasy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

Iron City goes bankrupt yet again and the city wants its due
Editor Charlie Deitch tells us about diving into the long and tumultuous history of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, nine years after its contested move out of the city to Latrobe.

Part Three: The agony and the ecstasy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

Yet another owner, Joe Piccirilli, attempts to reinvigorate Iron City, and fails
Iron City was once marketed to the people of Cleveland. You can guess how that went.

Part Two: The agony and the ecstasy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

Australian billionaire and yachtsman Alan Bond buys out Pittsburgh Brewing Company in an effort to compete with Budweiser
Editor Charlie Deitch tells us about diving into the long and tumultuous history of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, nine years after its contested move out of the city to Latrobe. Listen to part one here.