Local Whiskey Wins Gold at American Craft Spirits Awards

To celebrate, Manatawny Still Works is releasing a special-edition, high-proof version of the winner.

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We all know that Pennsylvania’s craft distilleries are making some of the best spirits around.

The American Craft Spirits Association knows it, too — and they recognized Manatawny Still Works’s Keystone Whiskey at their awards ceremony earlier this month with just one of 16 gold medals in the whiskey category.

This recognition means even more because Keystone Whiskey is made with a nontraditional recipe. Rather than working within the boundaries of standard mash bill for a bourbon, rye, or single-malt spirit, Manatawny blends malted barley, wheat, oats, and rye to create a spirit with complex flavors and a mild sweetness.

To mark the occasion, the distillery will release a super-limited run — we’re talking 240 bottles between the distillery in Pottstown, the East Passyunk tasting room, and an outlet in Pittsburgh — of Cask Strength Keystone Whiskey, which runs a cool 120 proof.

Manatawny also won bronze medals for its tequila barrel-rested gin, Espiritu de los Dioses, and its Small Batch Whiskey #13, which is rested in port wine barrels.