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Blackbird Distillery Spreads Its Wings to 10 State Stores in PA
Now, to better serve their growing number of fans, owners Dave and Jen Black are bringing their award-winning moonshine to 10 Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.
Popular flavors Apple Black, Apple Pie and Hot Cinnamon moonshine are now available at state stores in DuBois, Clearfield, Philipsburg, Franklin, Ridgway, the State College location at the Hamilton Square Shopping Center, the Butler location at the Moraine Pointe Plaza, the Erie location at Yorktown Centre, the Pittsburgh location at the Waterworks Shopping Plaza, and the Altoona location at the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center.
Although demand is up for Blackbird moonshine, Jen says they plan to keep making everything the old-fashioned way, completely by hand. Blackbird Distillery is the only distillery in the country to make moonshine completely by hand from start to finish.
“We are very, very thankful for this opportunity. And, yes, we are doing it all by hand,” Jen said. “I guess when you love to do something, it’s not so much work as it is fun.”
Jen, Dave and their small staff work seven days a week to make sure the shelves at their location off Maplevale Road are stocked with, not just moonshine, but handmade canned goods like their signature baloney, beef jerky, smoked cheeses, and wing sauce. They also host frequent events like their upcoming five-year anniversary celebration scheduled for March 24th.
Jen says it’s the combination of hard work and a fun attitude that has made her work at Blackbird’s so fulfilling.
“We’re an attraction,” Jen said. “We want the customers to have a great time. Plus we are open every day but Christmas, so we make it as convenient as we can.”
As the business continues to grow, the owners of Blackbird Distiller say they refuse to compromise when it comes to the authenticity of their process and the quality of the product.
“We will continue to make moonshine by hand,” Jen emphasized. “We want to stick with the real authenticity of making real moonshine in the woods, just like where it started.”
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