After a successful soft opening last month, Manatawny Still Works in Pottstown is creating a huge buzz around Montgomery County, and for good reason! The new distillery will be serving our residents the highest quality hand-crafted, small batch spirits in a space that has been transformed into a cutting edge distillery with time honored traditions and decor. The products made at MSW salute the history and nature of our very own region. The Still Works is also situated on the banks of Manatawny Creek whose Lenape Indian name literally means, “where we drank liquor.” Manatawny is now creating custom batches Vodkas, Gin, Rum, clear and aged whiskeys, and more coming soon! If you’re looking for a unique drinking experience in an upbeat welcoming environment, Manatawny Still Works is definitely worth checking out.
The distillery’s tasting room, the Still Works at Manatawny isn’t in an old historical building, but the owners have gone to extreme efforts to preserve historic, antique items and materials throughout the space. From the slate chalkboard rescued from a demolished school building in Philadelphia to the salvaged barn wood used under the bar, their goal was to create a memorable new space that honors the past. The distillery is even naming many of their spirits after regional historical figures.
Early visitors to the Still Works are equating the brand’s antique stylings and artisanal production techniques with old-world craftsmanship and word is spreading about this unique destination spot. In reality, distilling in Pennsylvania does have a rich and colorful history and Manatawny Still Works means to revive it in all of the best ways. Since the soft opening, Manatawny Still Works has introduced distillery tours, event rentals, specialty drinks, partnerships with the region’s best food trucks, and more as the distillery and tasting room emerge as a popular area destination.
On Friday, May 30th the distillery will officially open with a celebration and the public is cordially invited! A ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:00pm featuring local dignitaries will be followed by live music. Two of the regions most popular food trucks will be on hand to pair offerings with some of the Still Works’ creative cocktails. The Grand Opening Celebration will appropriately feature the popular bluegrass band Manatawny Creek Ramblers from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and American locals, Tin Bird Choir, will follow from 8:00pm – 10:30pm.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to check us out,” says Randy McKinley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the distillery which currently markets two spirits, Three Bitches Wheat Vodka and J. Potts White Whiskey. “We’ll be looking our best and ready to show off our space and our products to visitors.
Across the street from Sly Fox Brewing Company, Manatawny Still Works’ master distiller is Max Pfeffer, former lead brewer at Sly Fox.”I am excited for people to stop in, get a tour of our facilities and taste the craft distilling difference,” says Pfeffer. “We’ve worked hard to get to this point and everyone is ready for a celebration!”