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July 24, 1987 | By RAMONA SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
EPA investigators are working their way across the 37-acre former Publicker Industries distillery in South Philadelphia in search of chemicals that might pose a continuing danger of fire, explosion or pollution. "There's a history of things happening there that are a concern," said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Ann Cardinal, noting a five- alarm fire that ripped through the old terminal on the Delaware River waterfront last month and an explosion that killed two demolition workers there last year.
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April 11, 1992 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Associated Press contributed to this article
Investigators from the city Fire Marshal's Office yesterday were trying to determine the cause of a four-alarm fire that erupted at the old Publicker Industries manufacturing site along the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. The blaze, reported at 4:37 a.m. yesterday, forced the closing of the Walt Whitman Bridge for two hours after blinding smoke swirled across the traffic lanes. Officials were worried about accidents on the span and the possibility that the smoke was contaminated.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Even before James Yoakum opened his distillery in a former garage in downtown Camden, he knew he wanted to offer tastings and sell cocktails. It just took some time for his product line to catch up with his vision. "For the longest time, we only had rum drinks," he said. But after the rum - and spiced rum - came rye, and whiskey produced in small batches as Yoakum and his colleagues at Cooper River Distillers experimented with flavors and recipes. Two years after Yoakum first opened his doors in the converted Fourth Street garage, he has hired three employees and the company has established itself as a favorite happy-hour spot for Camden's daytime workers.
NEWS
March 12, 2012 | By Kevin Begos, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - A new state law allows small whiskey distilleries to give samples to visitors and sell bottles directly to the public, and that's big news for Wigle Whiskey. The distillery, which opened Friday, is named after Philip Wigle, who burned down the home of a federal tax collector in the 1790s and helped lead the Whiskey Rebellion, a test of George Washington's presidency. The rebels objected to one of the first federal taxes - on distilled spirits. "We were Kentucky before Kentucky," said Eric Meyer, one of an extended clan that's trying to bring back a once-flourishing Pennsylvania tradition.
NEWS
February 18, 1996 | By Barbara Johnson, FOR THE INQUIRER
When it comes to spirits, I'm a tequila drinker. Usually a double, with half a lemon, no salt. Jack Daniel's whiskey, neat, makes me shiver sideways. But the newest addition to the Jack Daniel product line fueled my curiosity to see the 129-year-old distillery. And it made me a convert to drinking Jack Daniel's. Drinking Jack Daniel's beer, that is. Yes, the specialty-beer phenomenon that has swept America has fermented its way into this sleepy one-horse - er, one-distillery - Tennessee town, set in the lovely rolling hills an easy hour-and-a-half drive south from Nashville.
FOOD
May 23, 2014 | By Danya Henninger, For The Inquirer
When distiller Sean Tracy and brewer Andrew Knechel cosigned for a lease on a warehouse in Bucks County, it was supposed to make starting their respective businesses easier. Instead, the arrangement ended up taking them into a maze of bureaucracy that nearly derailed both projects. The key to unlocking the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licenses needed for the side-by-side craft brewery and distillery? Construction of a 4-foot-high wall. Sean Tracy first had the idea for Hewn Spirits about two years ago. He runs Bucks County TimberCraft, a construction firm that refits old barns into high-end homes, and as he ran across dense beams of rare and ancient woods - white oak, American chestnut, hickory, ash - he realized they'd be perfect for aging liquor.
FOOD
December 18, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
To me, nothing says "happy holidays!" quite like a bottle of good spirits. Unlike wine or beer, which are usually gone in one sitting, a fine choice of the hard stuff is a gift that can be savored over time. And the range of possibilities is inspiring. Whether your favorite drinker is a locavore sipper or world whiskey geek, a value booze buddy or someone worth a major splurge, I have 10 good bottles to choose from here. The Locals Stateside Urbancraft Vodka, $27.99 (code 9963)
NEWS
June 28, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / GREG LANIER The Philadelphia Inquirer / MYRNA LUDWIG
Billows of smoke rise from a multi-alarm fire at the former Publicker Industries terminal, near the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River waterfront. No one was injured in the blaze at the old distillery Friday, but it took 145 city firefighters, 35 pieces of firefighting equipment, a city fireboat and three Coast Guard fireboats more than an hour to bring it under control. The site had been closed since November, when two workmen for Cuyahoga Wrecking Co. of Great Neck, N.Y., which owns the property, were killed while dismantling the distillery.
TRAVEL
June 12, 2011 | By Mary Ann Anderson, McClatchy Newspapers
MOUNT VERNON, Va. - "Distillery is a business I am entirely unacquainted with," wrote George Washington to James Anderson, his Scottish-born plantation manager at Mount Vernon, "but from your knowledge of it and from the confidence you have in the profit to be derived from the establishment, I am disposed to enter upon one. " As if Washington didn't have enough to do, with being the first president, a soldier, statesman, surveyor, farmer, and goodness...
FOOD
January 5, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Mark Berenato's first solo restaurant - a rustic, balconied BYOB in Haddonfield's Shoppes at 116 - carries the name da Soli , Italian for "on my own. " There seems to be a sly undercurrent there. Until last year, Berenato was chef at Tre Famiglia , a half-mile away up Haddon Avenue, and the breakup was not pretty. (Tre Famiglia actually hung a banner on its facade to disavow any connection between the restaurants.) At da Soli (116 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, 856-429-2399)
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April 7, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Even before James Yoakum opened his distillery in a former garage in downtown Camden, he knew he wanted to offer tastings and sell cocktails. It just took some time for his product line to catch up with his vision. "For the longest time, we only had rum drinks," he said. But after the rum - and spiced rum - came rye, and whiskey produced in small batches as Yoakum and his colleagues at Cooper River Distillers experimented with flavors and recipes. Two years after Yoakum first opened his doors in the converted Fourth Street garage, he has hired three employees and the company has established itself as a favorite happy-hour spot for Camden's daytime workers.
FOOD
December 18, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
To me, nothing says "happy holidays!" quite like a bottle of good spirits. Unlike wine or beer, which are usually gone in one sitting, a fine choice of the hard stuff is a gift that can be savored over time. And the range of possibilities is inspiring. Whether your favorite drinker is a locavore sipper or world whiskey geek, a value booze buddy or someone worth a major splurge, I have 10 good bottles to choose from here. The Locals Stateside Urbancraft Vodka, $27.99 (code 9963)
NEWS
September 21, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The resurrection of Philadelphia's Kinsey, a blended whiskey made locally from before Prohibition until the late 1970s, began with an airline-sized mini-bottle from 1943. This tiny time capsule of the original spirit, which master distiller Robert Cassell of New Liberty Distilling in Kensington acquired from a former employee, was good for enough reference sips to allow him to re-create an homage to that midcentury flavor with a blend of outsourced corn and barley spirits. Some are up to 18 years old (seven years is the youngest)
FOOD
May 23, 2014 | By Danya Henninger, For The Inquirer
When distiller Sean Tracy and brewer Andrew Knechel cosigned for a lease on a warehouse in Bucks County, it was supposed to make starting their respective businesses easier. Instead, the arrangement ended up taking them into a maze of bureaucracy that nearly derailed both projects. The key to unlocking the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board licenses needed for the side-by-side craft brewery and distillery? Construction of a 4-foot-high wall. Sean Tracy first had the idea for Hewn Spirits about two years ago. He runs Bucks County TimberCraft, a construction firm that refits old barns into high-end homes, and as he ran across dense beams of rare and ancient woods - white oak, American chestnut, hickory, ash - he realized they'd be perfect for aging liquor.
NEWS
April 29, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an old garage in downtown Camden, James Yoakum stirs a barrel of malted barley and yeast with a wooden paddle as country music hums in the background. "When the bubbles stop furiously racing to the surface, that's when it's done," he says. It will be at least three weeks before that happens, but Yoakum is patient; he has learned to be. For almost a year, the Kentucky-born South Philadelphian has been ready to make whiskey and rum at Cooper River Distillers, Camden's first distillery and the second craft distillery in New Jersey.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their bond was formed 35 years ago in a fraternity house on the University of Pennsylvania campus, where the Phi Sigma Kappa creed pledges a brotherhood committed to "faith and purpose. " Today, Herman Mihalich and John Cooper's purpose is to deliver a quality stiff drink. As novice craft distillers of Dad's Hat rye whiskey, they are also reviving a lost art in Pennsylvania, a state heralded on their company's keystone-shaped bottle label as the birthplace of the brown liquid that lost a devoted following during Prohibition.
NEWS
December 16, 2012
'We're the distillery of unseen things," says Meredith Grelli. And she isn't kidding. First came the "Monongahela rye" that Wigle, her family's new craft distillery in Pittsburgh, debuted earlier this year to reclaim Pennsylvania's colonial heritage as a rye center (with Dad's Hat in Bristol also joining the push). Now comes Wigle's Ginever, a take on the proto-gin popularized by the 18th-century Dutch that, in contrast to the crisper English style made with neutral spirits, uses fuller-bodied grain whiskey as its base.
NEWS
July 16, 2012 | Craig LaBan
There is serious Pennsylvania pride in play as new craft distillers suddenly bid to reclaim the state's historical place as America's rye whiskey mecca. But there is also family history in Dad's Hat Rye, a whiskey meant to evoke the taste of Herman Mihalich's grandfather favorite drink — and a staple in the family's tavern in Monessen, Pa., where Mihalich lived as a child upstairs. The year-old Mountain Laurel Spirits distillery he's created with old college chum and partner, John Cooper, is state of the art, despite the historic setting in a rehabbed woolen mill in downtown Bristol, which opens to the public this weekend for Saturday tours, tastings, and sales.
NEWS
March 12, 2012 | By Kevin Begos, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - A new state law allows small whiskey distilleries to give samples to visitors and sell bottles directly to the public, and that's big news for Wigle Whiskey. The distillery, which opened Friday, is named after Philip Wigle, who burned down the home of a federal tax collector in the 1790s and helped lead the Whiskey Rebellion, a test of George Washington's presidency. The rebels objected to one of the first federal taxes - on distilled spirits. "We were Kentucky before Kentucky," said Eric Meyer, one of an extended clan that's trying to bring back a once-flourishing Pennsylvania tradition.
FOOD
January 5, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Mark Berenato's first solo restaurant - a rustic, balconied BYOB in Haddonfield's Shoppes at 116 - carries the name da Soli , Italian for "on my own. " There seems to be a sly undercurrent there. Until last year, Berenato was chef at Tre Famiglia , a half-mile away up Haddon Avenue, and the breakup was not pretty. (Tre Famiglia actually hung a banner on its facade to disavow any connection between the restaurants.) At da Soli (116 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, 856-429-2399)
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