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.
To celebrate our upcoming 1 Year Anniversary – we’re announcing the impending start of our Stoll & Wolfe Single Barrel Series featuring both Bourbon & Rye Whiskeys released at varying proof, including Cask Strength releases.
Selected from our aging stock by legendary PA Master Distiller Dick Stoll, each barrel conveys distinctive aromas & flavors with every bottling offering a unique expression, untamed by blending and uncompromising in individual character.
Bottles will debut on Tasting Room Shelves on or around November 1st. Pricing tbd based on proof and total bottles per barrel.
Thank you to MainLineToday.com for the Stoll & Wolfe mention in their September 2018 Article Where to Stay, Eat and Explore in Lancaster County.
“This Fall ditch your preconceived notions of Lancaster County. For an upscale experience, the area has plenty to offer. From First Class Accommodations and Dining to a rich slate of recreational activities and culture.
While Lancaster County still offers scenic, family owned farms and honors the rich agricultural traditions of our past, there’s also many new options to explore including restaurants, craft beverage producers (whiskey, beer, wine & mead), museums, galleries, and much more.”
Click here to read the rest of the article and learn more about their recommendations for your next visit.
Big thank you to everyone who came out to support this year’s Lititz Beer Fest! With over 60 breweries and 3,500 attendees plus food, vendors & bands it takes an army of volunteers to make it happen. Very big thank you to everyone who donated time, energy and funding.
From their site, “The Lititz Craft Beer Fest is a charitable fundraiser event presented by the Lititz AMBUCS, a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer service organization, in partnership with WCAA. All proceeds from the event will be used by the AMBUCS for charitable purposes in support of their mission, which is providing independence and mobility for people with disabilities.” Click here to visit their site.
Our Distillery and Tasting Room is located in a renovated grain mill built in the mid 1850’s by Amos Bomberger. Located in historic Lititz, PA and surrounded by Lancaster County farmland, the mill’s location adjacent to now unused railroad tracks stands as a reminder of the large amounts of grain exported.
The mill changed hands several times operating as a bakery, feed store, and paint shop just to name a few.
During renovations we uncovered a small room under the Tasting Room with a ladder and a hoist. Seems like the mill used the space to store molasses before mixing into livestock feed. Since there was no refrigeration and locally we maintain a constant below ground temp of mid 50’s, it was an efficient way to keep the molasses cool and prolong spoilage.
Below is a blank receipt from the last owner of the mill, Elmer Eby. Very thankful to have purchased the receipt, returning it home and adding it to our collection.