July 24, 1987 |
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.
April 11, 1992 |
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.
April 7, 2016 |
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.
May 23, 2014 |
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.
March 12, 2012 |
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.
February 18, 1996 |
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.
December 18, 2015 |
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)
April 29, 2014 |
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.
July 16, 2012 |
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.
June 28, 1987 |
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.