PITTSBURGH ‒ An award-winning distillery has landed inside Pittsburgh International Airport with the opening of Wigle Whiskey Tasting Room, Bar and Restaurant. Located in Concourse A, travelers can now imbibe in locally produced, made-from-scratch Wigle spirits, sample flights, cocktails, cider, and local beer as well as enjoy a full food menu, paired to the spirits.
“We’re excited to add another premier Pittsburgh brand to the airport,” said Eric Sprys, chief commercial officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority. “Wigle Whiskey has quickly established themselves as an award-winning distillery with fans around the world. Their addition to our concessions portfolio further strengthens that authentic sense of place travelers are looking for when they come to Pittsburgh International Airport.”
While plane watching out over the airport tarmac, travelers can relax with Wigle’s spirits served in flights or by the glass, along with signature cocktails, and Pittsburgh’s own Threadbare Cider and Mead beer including the Bouquet de Rosé.
“We’re thrilled to bring the Wigle Whiskey Tasting Room to Pittsburgh International Airport in celebration of the region’s distilling heritage. It’s the perfect stop for PIT visitors and locals alike to enjoy award-winning spirits, along with a creatively crafted menu before or after their flight,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Bryan Loden. “HMSHost is thankful to the Allegheny County Airport Authority and Fraport USA for our continued partnership to enhance the traveler dining experience. With our opening of Wigle Whiskey, we’re giving travelers a true taste of the local drink culture right inside the concourse.”
To complement Wigle Whiskey’s award-wining spirits, travelers can also enjoy an all-day menu of elevated pub favorites. From a Greek Chop Salmon salad and a Grilled Veggie Gyro to Bavarian Pretzels and the Afterglow BBQ Chicken Flatbread featuring a whiskey BBQ sauce. Satisfy sweet tooths with the Funnel Cake Fries topped with powdered sugar, chocolate sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Early morning travelers won’t miss out on the deliciousness with lighter options such as a Greek Yogurt with fresh berries to hearty choices such as the Belgium Waffle or Ham & Swiss Omelet.
“We’re delighted to welcome Wigle
Whiskey and its exciting new menu offerings to our program,” said Cathy Simoni,
Fraport USA’s director of corporate marketing and customer experience. “This ‘spirited’
collaboration brings travelers artisan small-batch whiskeys and food pairings
that are the toast of the town.”
The newest airport restaurant also brings Wigle Whiskey’s fun vibe and atmosphere into the concourse. The design evokes a sense of its distillery and tasting rooms throughout the region.Travelers are greeted by Wigle’s signature vibrant colors throughout the restaurant and bar area, along with Whiskey Rebellion art graphics lining the exposed brick walls.
Wigle Whiskey is located in Concourse A, near gate A6. The opening is in partnership with Allegheny County Airport Authority, Fraport USA, and global restaurateur HMSHost.
About Wigle Whiskey
Wigle Whiskey is Pittsburgh’s first distillery since Prohibition. Since beginning distilling in December 2011, Wigle Whiskey has worked to restore Pittsburgh’s legacy as the Birthplace of American Whiskey and the epicenter of Rye. Wigle spirits are distributed throughout the country and the Distillery was been the most awarded Craft Whiskey Distillery in the U.S. by the American Craft Spirits Association for four straight years. Wigle has won Best in Class Gin, Best in Category Rye Whiskey, and Wheat Whiskey and a gold medal for its Bourbon by the American Craft Spirits Association.
Wigle Owners have been James Beard Award Semi-Finalists for two consecutive years; 2018 Imbibe 75 Beverage Professionals to Watch; and are the authors of The Whiskey Rebellion & The Rebirth of Rye.
In 2017, Wigle Owners founded a sister cider company, Threadbare Cider & Mead, a Cidery on PIttsburgh’s Northside.
About Allegheny County Airport Authority
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader. Its 2018 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at http://www.flypittsburgh.com/ar18.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves more than 9 million passengers annually on 17 carriers. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure and J.D. Power have again named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2018.
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 80 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of more than $3.5 billion and employs approximately 43,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.7 billion in 2018, the group operates in 32 countries and employs over 60,000 people. It manages more than 4,000 stores in more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit HMSHost.com for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Fraport USA®
Fraport USA is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Nashville International Airport. A leading airport concessions model in North America, Fraport USA projects rank among the highest for per-passenger spending and consistently receive accolades for innovation and customer service. For information, visit fraport-usa.com. Fraport USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, the global airport company based in Frankfurt, Germany. For information about Fraport AG, visit fraport.com.