Still Works In Pottstown Isn’t Ancient, But Charming
POTTSTOWN PA – Manatawny Still Works, the Pottstown spirits distillery that officially opened late last month (May 30, 2014), doesn’t occupy an aging building at its 320 Circle of Progress Dr. location in the borough, but Vice President of Sales and Marketing Randy McKinley thinks its owners have more than made up for what it lacks with what it doesn’t: historic charm.
There’s a slate chalkboard rescued from a demolished school building in Philadelphia. Salvaged barn wood adorns space under its bar. Even its first two products – Three Bitches Wheat Vodka and J. Potts White Whiskey – are enveloped in beautiful packages “accentuated by a philosophy that extends from their distilling processes to all other areas of the business,” McKinley said.
Unofficially, Manatawny Still Works opened “softly” during April and, according to McKinley, received rave reviews. Early visitors equated its antique stylings and artisanal production techniques with old-world craftsmanship. Their opinions, he said, reflect the company’s belief in Pennsylvania’s rich and colorful distilling history.
The word-of-mouth buzz, along with what McKinley claims is the works’ “cool offering, unique space, excellent products and fun events” also has made the distillery and its tasting room a travel destination. The company’s efforts to preserve historic, antique items and materials throughout its space has created a memorable venue “that honors the past,” he said.
- The company conducts a weekly distillery tour for visitors. Its next tour is scheduled for Friday (June 20, 2014) at 5:30 p.m.
Manatawny Still Works, located across the street from Sly Fox Brewing Company, also has introduced event rentals, specialty drinks, and partnerships with the region’s best food trucks. Its 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.”
Photo from the Manatawny Still Works