Mid-Atlantic Partners Join Together to Relaunch the Whiskey Rebellion Trail after a year of Pandemic Shutdowns

Cultural institutions and distilleries throughout Baltimore, Washington DC, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia joined together this week to relaunch The Whiskey Rebellion Trail. The trail combines offerings from these four cities into tasting passes that pair craft gin, whiskey, rum and more with admission to historic and cultural institutions nearby. 

The Whiskey Rebellion Trail was inspired by the whiskey makers who laid the groundwork for American whiskey and sparked a national rebellion in the 1790’s. It was during this time that distiller-farmers fought legislation that threatened their way of life. The Whiskey Rebellion’s legacy lives on today in distilleries and attractions stretching from Pennsylvania to Maryland and Greater Washington, D.C., in what has come to be known as one of the most prolific craft spirit-producing regions in the country.

The pandemic threw a wrench into the initiative, which originally launched in July 2019. Throughout the pandemic, the trail shifted its focus to supporting the distilling industry in their distribution of hand sanitizer and promotion of virtual events. However, as vaccinations rolled out and health and safety procedures shifted, the trail began planning a relaunch with August  2021 in mind. 

Now is the most important time for whiskey enthusiasts to support this region and protect its legacy. Local distillers are ready to welcome craft enthusiasts back through their doors. 

The Whiskey Rebellion Trail passes are broken down by region, with passes featuring Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Passes start at $35 and are good for 30 days after purchase, so craft enthusiasts have plenty of time to sample spirits! 

With more than 20 local distilleries and 5 cultural institutions included, the trail showcases the best of the Mid-Atlantic in an easy, mobile-friendly way. 

Visitors and locals alike can go to whiskeyrebelliontrail.com and explore the history of the trail. Plus, purchasing passports on the site is easy! After purchase, a link is sent via text message and e-mail to a user’s mobile phone.This link opens the passport and directs the user to add the button icon to their home screen, where they can access it any time. There is never anything to download and no bulky apps take up space on a user’s phone.

Once the passholder is ready to redeem their tasting flight or admission, they simply hand their phone over at the ticketing counter or bar to cash in their passport. 

The trail was built in partnership with Visit Philadelphia, Visit Pittsburgh, Visit Baltimore, Destination DC, Visit Bucks County, Visit Washington County, Discover Lancaster, Visit Laurel Highlands, Bedford County Visitors Bureau, Visit PA, The Progress Fund and The Hill Group.

Key locations on the trail include:

  • Five Saints Distilling
  • Manatawny Still Works Distillery (Passyunk and Pottstown)
  • Stoll and Wolfe Whiskey Distillery 
  • Liberty Pole Spirits
  • Maggie’s Farm Rum
  • Quantum Spirits
  • Tall Pines Distillery
  • West Overton Village and Museums 
  • Whiskey Rebellion Festival 
  • Woodville Plantation 
  • Bradford House Museum 
  • Lawrenceville Distilling Co. 
  • Baltimore Spirits Company
  • McClintock Distilling Company
  • MISCellaneous Distillery
  • Old Line Spirits
  • Tenth Ward Distilling Company
  • Cotton & Reed
  • Don Ciccio & Figli 
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • One Eight Distilling
  • Republic Restoratives Distillery

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