When you think of the word “Lushworthy” and all that it represents (the amazing world of beer, wine, and spirits) there’s usually a few cities that come to mind first and they tend to include New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and other major metropolises. Yes, these cities are of course quite well known thanks to their status among the countries elite but why should they get all the shine when there’s other cities that boast their own chic lounges, tasty craft beers, whiskey distilleries, and other Lushworthy delights? Among the numerous cities that seem to be overlooked when it comes to beer, wine, and spirits is none other than the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
If you’re in the market for a new travel locale that has loads to offer when it comes to beer, wine, and spirits then look no further than the City Of Booze, err I mean City Of Bridges. And for those of you plotting your next weekend trip I’ve come up with a Lushworthy Weekend Guide to Pittsburgh that’s geared towards weekend travel so take your pick and make sure you hop on that next travel deal.
Distillery Tour At Wigle Whiskey
When it comes to kicking off a Lushworthy weekend it’s probably best to start with the informative stuff first and what better way than with a distillery tour at Wigle Whiskey. I had the opportunity to take part in the Wigle Whiskey tour while on a media trip with Visit Pittsburgh and you really get a nice dose of history due to the fact that Wigle Whiskey is named after Whiskey Rebellion leader Philip Wigle. And let me tell you, this guy has got a ton of interesting history behind him which you’ll hear all about during the tour.
So for all you history buffs and whiskey connoisseurs out there this would be the ideal excursion for you. Also, be sure to check out one of Wigle Whiskey’s various craft cocktails while you’re there. If it’s available I would highly suggest the “Hummingbird” which is a tasty combination of wheat whiskey, hibiscus tea, apricot nectar, mint, and ginger beer.
Macaroons & Wine At The Enrico Biscotti Co. Cafe
It really doesn’t get much better than wine and dessert especially when you’re indulging in one of the decadently delicious macaroons from The Enrico Biscotti Co. The cafe is “BYOB” but you can also purchase one of numerous wines from Carlo’s Garage Winery which is a winery based out of Pittsburgh. My personal favorite from Carlo’s Garage Winery was their Apple Wine, but they also sell a number of “usual suspects” including Merlot and Pinot Noir. If you’ve frequented this blog pretty consistently over the past few months then you’ve probably already caught on to the fact that I’m a huge fan of killer wine and food combinations so I was of course in heaven with my chocolate-covered macaroons and Apple Wine!
Kayaking On The Allegheny River
Now what does kayaking have to do with beer, wine, or cocktails? Absolutely nothing, but it is a great way to burn off the calories you’ve gained from the wine and cocktails you’ve already indulged in and on top of that it really is a great way to see the city from a unique perspective. If you’ve never been kayaking before don’t let that keep you from getting your paddle on. I was also a newbie, but after a solid half-an-hour on the water I was kayaking like an Olympic hopeful. Okay not really, but you do quickly get the hang of it. Be sure to check out Kayak Pittsburgh if you’re ready to get your splash on.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Lushworthy Weekend Guide to Pittsburgh where I’ll be dishing on the best places to get a killer cocktail.
*While this trip was part of a sponsored media trip, the opinions in this story are completely my own.