Pottstown Program Explores Its ‘Beverage History’

Pottstown Program Explores Its 'Beverage History'

Guests at Pottsgrove Manor enjoy a refreshing beverage

POTTSTOWN PA – There’s liquid gold coursing through Pottstown’s iron. That’s the premise of a new event planned for June 13 (2015; Saturday) from 5-8 p.m. at historic Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St., as it hosts a program called “Distilling The Past,” sponsored by the borough’s own Manatawny Still Works.

Manatawny opened in Pottstown during 2013 as a small-batch distillery that produces, among other products, its signature “J. Potts Whiskey” and “T. Rutter Rum.” Because the 1752 ironmaster’s mansion at Pottsgrove Manor also served as a hotel and bar from the 1870s to Prohibition, organizers said it seemed an ideal setting to learn about the local area’s beverage history.

Those who attend the program will get to sample the distillery’s whiskey and rum while learning about the beverages that John Potts and Thomas Rutter bought and consumed in the 18th century.

Throughout the evening, historian and colonial food expert Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon will demonstrate the process of making non-alcoholic distillations used in the 18th century for flavorings, medicines, and cosmetics. Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served as guests mingle with interpreters in period dress on the manor’s historic grounds.

A registration fee of $30 per person will be charged for the program, with a reduced fee of $10 per person for designated drivers. This event is open only to those ages 21 and older; IDs will be checked at the door. Registration is limited to 50 people. Registration and payment is required by June 9. Download a registration form here.

Pottsgrove Manor is located near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422. For more information call 610-326-4014.

Illustration from Pottsgrove Manor