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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Thursday, July 16 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Mon Rye: American's Original Whiskey

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For 150 years, Pittsburgh was the Whiskey capital of America, producing the gold standard of Pre-Prohibition American Whiskey -- Monongahela Rye. By 1808, Western Pennsylvania was producing half a barrel of Monongahela Rye for every man, woman and child living in America. We’ll talk through America's pre-Bourbon Whiskey history--the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s through the emergence of the nation’s largest Pre-Prohibition brand of Whiskey--Old Overholt as well as why Rye disappeared post-Prohibition. Attendees will sample Wigle's Organic Monongahela Deep Cut Rye, Old Overholt Rye, and Beam's soon to be released rare high rye Harvest Bourbon Collection. Tasting will allow participants to compare current Ryes explore how environmental conditions and distillation methods likely contributed to Monongahela Rye’s distinct flavor.

Moderators
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Meredith Grelli

Co-Owner, Wigle Whiskey
Meredith is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Wigle Whiskey, the City of Pittsburgh's first distillery since Prohibition. Wigle combines Meredith's love of drink, food, history, and community development. | | Since opening in March 2012, Wigle Whiskey has worked to restore Western Pennsylvania’s legacy as the Rye Whiskey epicenter of the country. Wigle is a community distillery which makes spirits from grain to bottle, using local, certified... Read More →

Speakers
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Hal B Klein

Hal B. Klein is a food and drinks writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. He is Pittsburgh Magazine's restaurant critic and food writer and a Press Club of Western PA Golden Quill awards winner for his weekly Pittsburgh City Paper drinks column "On the Rocks." Hal's work has also been heard on NPR's All Things Considered. He contributes stories on food, drinks, and nature to a variety of Pittsburgh media including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,Table... Read More →
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Wes Shonk

Wes Shonk, Wigle Whiskey Ambassador hails from Ligonier, Pennsylvania and is responsible for education around Western Pennsylvania Whiskey history and current production for Wigle. His background is in engineering and managing whiskey bars--his passion is American whiskey past and present. 

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Thursday July 16, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130