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Distiller's Journal

June 10, 2014

For the love of dogs and whiskey

Craft distiller breaks out with Grand Opening and Rescue Event


Pottstown, PA -The benefactor of a donation from Manatawny Still Works was brought to tears when she accepted a contribution to her organization from the newly opened business.

Manatawny Still Works is a new company but they're already demonstrating that they're good corporate citizens.

On Friday, May 30, Manatawny Still Works, craft distillers of whiskey, vodka and rum, held a well-attended official grand opening where a ceremonial ribbon was cut and local dignitaries smiled and glad handed one another. Local bands and food trucks punctuated the successful opening but the following day it was back to business for the distilling team.

Respect the Rescues, an event devised by Manatawny Still Works, was held on Saturday, May 31 from noon until 4:00pm and included the usual selection of specialty cocktails from the bar, food truck fare, and six participating pet rescue groups.

The event was organized to raise awareness of the benefits of pet rescuing and to connect the community with of some of the many rescue groups throughout the region. Regrettably, millions of healthy, loving dogs are euthanized each year due to overcrowding in shelters. Rescued dogs are generally grateful and loyal and and bond deeply with their rescuers. The benefits of rescuing a dog extend just as profoundly to the adoptive individuals and families. It is important to note that rescue groups evaluate and screen dogs and prospective adopters to ensure they will be happy together. Mismatched pets and owners is often the reason dogs end up in shelters, so rescuing is often the best way to find your forever companion.
Manatawny Still WorksHemlock Edge Rescue, Green Street Animal Rescue, To Love A Canine Rescue, All 4 Paws Rescue, Justice Rescue and Forever Home Rescue all brought adoptable dogs to the the Manatawny Still Works' event. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Three Bitches Wheat Vodka are donated to The Piper Project, a program Manatawny Still Works developed to help dogs like Piper.

Piper is a rescued Pit Bull and companion to Max Pfeffer, Master Distiller. Piper is at Manatawny Still Works everyday and she was in attendance when the distillery gifted a $500 donation to Hemlock Edge Resuce during the Respect the Rescues event. Hemlock Edge director, Chris Tornetta teared up during the presentation.

"I'm greatly appreciative of the adopters I have found for Piper," said Tornetta. "It was in the stars that she would turn this distillery into a rescue advocate that is now on board with helping all of our local rescues."

Tornetta said that the $500 donation went a long way to helping Hemlock Edge Rescue and that she was proud of Piper, Manatawny Still Works and her team members and supporters.

"We look forward to more events and fundraisers to come," she said, vowing to "keep on fighting the fight."

"Respect the Rescues was a successful first event on the second official day of business for Manatawny Still Works ," offered Randy McKinley, Director of Marketing and Sales at the distillery. "Everyone is confident that as we grow, we will have many more feel-good days."

Besides the popular Three Bitches Wheat Vodka, Manatawny Still Works is also distributing T. Rutter Rum and J. Potts American Whiskey to better bars and restaurants in the region.

You can learn more about the Piper Project or contact one of the participating rescues by contacting Manatawny Still Works.


Manatawny Still Works is a new distillery bottling the highest quality hand-crafted spirits in small batches. The distillery is located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on the banks of Manatawny Creek - whose Lenape name literally means, "the place we meet to drink."

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1603 E Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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