Thank you to Distiller Magazine and David Furer for visiting Stoll & Wolfe last September for Dick Stoll’s return to distilling Rosen Rye Whiskey in Pennsylvania. The project, made possible by Laura Fields Seed Spark Campaign and Greg Roth with Penn State’s Agriculture Department is the result of years of their dedication and hard work.
The Return of Rosen Rye
“Until the 1970s, Rosen was one of the dominant types of rye grown in Pennsylvania, owing in no small part to having been marketed by (Pennsylvania) Michter’s as a preferred distilling grain since the 1950s. It’s taken four years of growing Fields’ Keystone Rosen rye to yield her enough for a distillation run using over 500 pounds of rye for a 1,000-pound mash that included corn and barley, producing about 50 gallons of spirit.”
Production Tours and Guided Whiskey Tastings at Stoll and Wolfe
Experience 250 years of local whiskey making traditions as we demystify the process of transforming grain into whiskey. We’ll discuss the equipment, techniques and science behind the journey of grain to your glass.
Tours are offered most Saturdays and begin at 2pm. Tours cost $15, last 1 hour and include a Guided Tasting of 3 (.5oz) samples. Visit here for a list of available dates and to book online. Guests must be 21 or older to participate in tasting.
What’s a Guided Tasting? Experience 3 (.5oz) pours of our award winning spirits as we discuss the art and science of tasting whiskey. Whether you’re a die hard whiskey fan or don’t know a brewery from a distillery – we’re true geeks who love to share.
Visit our Eventbrite Page for a Full Schedule of Events including Tours and Classes or to Purchase Tickets.
Want to arrange a Private Tasting for Your Group?Email us or call to learn more.
The countdown begins as we fill our first PA Rye Whiskey barrels with whiskey distilled in Lancaster County, PA. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of delicious Rye Whiskey we distilled prior to opening to help pass the time.
To become American Straight Rye Whiskey we need at least 2 years of barrel aging in a charred, new oak barrel at 125 Proof or less. To carry on tradition taught by Charlie Beam to Dick Stoll, our Rye Whiskey is proofed down to 109 before entering the barrel. Stay tuned for updates on the whiskey as it ages on Facebook and Instagram.
If you’re a fan of American History, American Whiskey or a bit of both, visit Stoll & Wolfe at the upcoming Whiskey Rebellion Festival in Washington, PA. We’ll be on hand Saturday July 14th from 12-4pm to pour samples, and talk PA and Lancaster County Whiskey History. We’ll also have bottles of our Bourbon & Rye Whiskey for sale at the event.
“While the Whiskey Rebellion may be 225 years ago in history, whiskey distillers from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are once again rallying together in Washington Pennsylvania this summer at the 10th Annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival.
This year’s festival will highlight the craft distilling movement which is booming across the state. More than a dozen Pennsylvania distillers will be paired with local shops in and around the festival grounds along Main Street in Washington PA.
Participants will receive a souvenir sampling glass and distillery locator map at the check-in point before exploring the festival grounds and the National Road Historic Corridor.”
To Learn More and Purchase Tickets Visit their Site Here.
Honored to announce Stoll and Wolfe Blend of Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys scored 93 “Excellent, Highly Recommended” at the recent 2019 Ultimate Spirits Competition in New York. The whiskey received additional honors as a Top 3 Finish in Category earning a Finalist Award.
A Blend of 80% Bourbon and 20% Rye our Blend of Straight Bourbon and Straight Rye Whiskeys is Non Chill Filtered and Bottled at 86 Proof.
“It’s under a two-hour drive from Philadelphia, but Lancaster County may as well be a world away. Drive carefully—it won’t be long before you come upon an Amish horse and buggy, making you feel as if you’ve been transported back to a simpler time. Of course, it’s not all country cooking and shoo fly pie; the towns of Lancaster, Leola, and Lititz are buzzing with energy—and bars and restaurants, too.
Just off the main street of Lititz, PA, Stoll & Wolfe Distillery is proudly reviving the art of whiskey making in Pennsylvania. Stoll, an octogenarian, trained with Jim Beam at a now-shuttered nearby distillery, and Wolfe is the brains and engine behind the business, with youthful ambition and energy. Together, they’re making waves in the spirits world; and despite their small-town origins, they’ve been named one of the top three rye whiskeys in the U.S.
The tasting room, where you can sample the tipples that have earned them recognition, is just off the main street; it has an inviting ambience, with dark walls and exposed brick, where you’re as likely to sit next to a spirits aficionado couple as you are a group of friends having fun.” Read the full article here.
To learn more about Stoll and Wolfe Distillery or plan your next visit, click here.
Santa gets lots of milk & cookies. Want to help save Christmas? Place some Stoll & Wolfe under the tree this Holiday Season. Need some help trying to decide exactly which bottle to gift? Visit our Holiday Buying Guide to help find the perfect gift for all the adults on your list both naughty and nice.
“Whether or not you’re a whiskey drinker, it’s difficult to imagine Lancaster’s countryside filled with rye fields and dotted with distilleries. Such a scenario existed during the 18th and early 19th centuries. According to an article read before the Lancaster County Historical Society in the 1920s, 183 distilleries had existed in Lancaster County in 1813. Twenty-seven years later, just ahead of the temperance movement and the Civil War, the county total fell to 102 distilleries (along with 135 grist mills and eight breweries).
A Perfect Recipe
What was the reason behind the proliferation of distilleries? A need grew out an abundance of rye grain harvested across the region’s farmlands. A surplus of rye could fall plague to ergot mold, a hallucinogenic, which some theorize spurred on the Salem Witch Trials. Rather than let crops go to waste, farmers could preserve their rye yield and turn it into a tradable commodity, a currency by the gallon or barrel.”
Click here to read the full article on the Lancaster County Magazine Site.
Boehm Transitions to Beam
“If I may interject a bit of foreshadowing before we temporarily depart from the subject of Kentucky, it’s of note that many early frontier-bound settlers traveled through Pennsylvania. Jacob Boehm was one of them, emigrating from Germany in 1740 to what is now Berks County, which was once a part of Lancaster County. The Boehm family owned land purchased from William Penn in Willow Street, where the Boehm Chapel stands to this day. The family name later changed to one you may find more familiar, “Beam,” which we see today on thousands of bourbon bottles from Kentucky. In 1788, Jacob moved to Kentucky ahead of a legal revolution in the distilling community.”
Click here to read the full article on the Lancaster County Magazine Site.
Busy with Thanksgiving prep (and life) with no time to grab a bottle to grace your Thanksgiving table? Never fear. With expanded Tasting Room Hours, locations across the Keystone State, and an old fashioned can do attitude – you’re sure to score a bottle to make your table a little brighter.
To Purchase Bottles in Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, Reading, York, Philadelphia click here. In Pittsburgh? Visit Pennsylvania Libations in The Strip for a full line of Stoll and Wolfe and Lititz Springs products.
From Stoll and Wolfe Family to You and Yours – Happy Thanksgiving!
What’s Your “Favorite” and or “Best” Whiskey? And the Question We Wish We Were Asked More Often.
We often are asked, “What’s the Best Whiskey” and or “What’s Your Favorite?”
Best whiskey is fairly straightforward but usually not the answer they’re hoping to receive. In our opinion the best whiskey is the one you enjoy most. Everyone perceives tastes differently and what tastes great to me may be unenjoyable to you. That also goes for straight or on the rocks. Personal preference should dictate.
Favorite whiskey? That’s a tough one to answer only because of the many variables that go into the final decision. The location, time of day, and even the food (or lack thereof) all influences our answer.
The question we’d like to hear more any tell people even when they don’t ask – what makes a good whiskey? Since you asked. In our opinion, a good whiskey is one that has a pleasant synergy of beginning middle and end flavors. Much like any good creation, it’s better than the sum of its individual elements.
Learn about 250+ years of local whiskey making tradition with Stoll & Wolfe’s very own Jim Wolfe.
Discover more about the people, places and products behind our local whiskey history and find out why the National Register of Historic Places recognizes our area as the birthplace of the American Whiskey Industry.
Have a historical item (bottle, book, photo, etc.) you’d like to share? Stop on by. Admission is Free.