Sunday, July 24, 2022

Wigle Whiskey Dominates ACSA Awards for 7th Consecutive Year


The Wigle Whiskey production team (left to right) Richard Platania, Brian Waryck, Michael Foglia, and (center) Rachel Bateman, Taylor Bostock. 

Pittsburgh-based Wigle Whiskey won 28 medals, the most of any distillery, at the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) awards ceremony last night in New Orleans. 

This is the seventh consecutive year that Wigle Whiskey has led in the ACSA medal count. It received two best-in-class awards for Wigle Peach Brandy and Wigle Amaro Vermut. Two Wigle Whiskeys--Port Rye and Single Barrel Straight Rye--took home gold. Wigle Whiskey received two out of the six best-in-show awards given and four of the 15 total gold medals awarded. No other distillery received more than one. 

ACSA gold medal winners Port Rye Whiskey and Amaro Vermut.

“We are so proud of how our tireless, ever-curious production team continues to innovate and represent the City of Champions in the world of spirits,” said Michael Foglia, Director of Production. “We could not be more thrilled to bring these best-in-show awards and a heap of medals that span our product portfolio back home.” 

Wigle Whiskey's products are sold at the Wigle Distillery in the Strip District, at Wigle’s bottle shop in Ross Park Mall, online at for shipment across PA and to DC, and at select retailers across the US. The full ACSA Award results can be viewed here

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) is the only national, registered, non-profit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. Its mission is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers. Membership is open to anyone.  

ACSA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by eligible voting members of the Association. Voting members must be independent licensed distillers (DSPs) annually removing fewer than 750,000 proof gallons from bond. 


Shane Campbell said...

Okay, when/if I see it I'll buy some

Brian (AKA The Dean) said...

A friend from Pittsburgh gave me a bottle of Wigle bourbon a couple years ago. I believe it said it was aged "one hour". It's possible it said "one minute" or even "one day", but you get the point. It was completely clear, obviously. While not my cup-o-tea, it did have a pleasant taste and I think it might have made a decent whiskey if left in the barrel for several more years.

Honestly it seems like a waste of use for a barrell, but I'm guessing they can reuse those barrels for their other products.

Chuck Cowdery said...

Exactly. It doesn't do much for the bourbon but it does something for the barrel and its next occupant.