Gin Up

This weekend, Wigle Whiskey launches its newest creation — a genever-style gin distilled from whiskey.

Pittsburgh's Only Locally-Made Gin is Waiting for Your Mixers

“Whiskey will always be our flagship,” says Meredith Grelli, co-founder and co-owner of Wigle Whiskey. Why, then, am I holding a bottle of Wigle gin in my hand? “We see this as a natural progression from the whiskey we are currently making,” she says. “We think Pittsburghers are ready for a different type of gin.” And after a sip of Wigle’s latest creation, Ginever — a genever-style gin distilled from whiskey, rather than the post-Prohibition method of distilling from vodka — you will, too.
Wigle’s hosting a launch party at its Strip District home tomorrow night; tastings will be paired with grub from local food trucks and music by White Like Fire. The very first batch of Ginever will be on sale at the event, but be sure to arrive early if you’d like to take a bottle home (they won’t last long). Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Can’t make it tomorrow? Drop by the distillery for a bottle, and try it out in Wigle’s recommended cocktail, the Ginever Gin Fizz (1 oz. Ginever, 1 oz. Lemon Cordial and 1 oz. Perrier or San Pellegrino.)

(2401 Smallman St., Strip District; Fri., 6-9 p.m.; Free; Register here)
 —Sean Collier, PM Associate Editor

Get a Natural Scare at Zoo Boo

Halloween has grown up recently. Top haunted houses are decidedly not for the little ones, uproarious costumed parties are the norm, and every movie theater and cable station worth mentioning runs a marathon of flicks that’d traumatize tiny eyes. Fortunately, there are still a handful of family-friendly Halloween extravaganzas in town — and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium might just have the best of ’em. Get all the (lightly) ghoulish details in this week’s edition of After Dark! After all, if we don’t get the little ones hooked on the creepy stuff now, they might not be desensitized in time for those grown-up scares later.

Pittsburgh's Loveliest (One Night Only) Wine Bar
Surely Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is known for captivating locals with its eye-catching green goods, but the star plants deserve a bit of extra attention every now and again.  
Tomorrow night, enjoy the gorgeous fall flowers for the Wines Under Glass Party: Toasting Great Growth to a Greener Future, offering delectable cuisine, wine and great entertainment.
Spend an enchanted evening surrounded by autumn’s most spectacular blooms in the Fall Flower Show exhibit, as well as those in Phipps’ newest addition, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes.
This is your time to be a part of the tradition to recognize individuals who make Pittsburgh a sustainable region. You’ll experience a captivating night amidst the gardens
and be inspired for a greener future.

(One Schenley Park, Oakland; Fri, 7:30 p.m.; VIP reception, 6:30 p.m., $125-150; Info, tickets:
—Maggie Stankaitis, PM Editorial Intern

In Theaters:
New films coming to Pittsburgh cinemas include the fourth Paranormal Activity film in as many years; the thriller Alex Cross, with Tyler Perry replacing Morgan Freeman in the franchise based on the works of writer James Patterson; and Sundance hit The Sessions, with Helen Hunt and William H. Macy. PM Film Editor Sean Collier will appear on the 102.5 WDVE Morning Show Friday at 9:15 a.m. to review Paranormal Activity 4; at this point, he’s just marveling at the offending demon’s tendency to only terrorize families that live in homes with 24-hour video surveillance. Get Sean’s review Friday morning at 102.5-FM or!
Join Quantum Theatre and East Liberty Presbyterian Church as they present Osvaldo Golijov’s Grammy Award-winning chamber opera Ainadamar, Friday through Nov. 3. Enjoy a libretto by theater guru David Henry Hwang and flamenco-based score, while the story highlights the life of Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca at the eve of the Spanish revolution, and his beloved muse and Catalan tragedian Margarita Xirgu. More info at
For a fur-friendly event, join the sixth annual “Howl-o-ween” pet costume contest tomorrow night at 7:00 at The Mall at Robinson. Benefiting the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, you can show off your dog’s tricks while helping other lonely dogs get their treats! Dress your pooch (or pooches — the more, the merrier) to participate in categories like most macho, funniest and best owner look-alike. Call 412/321-4625 for more info — or click here.
Correction: Last week’s edition of PMweekend misidentified Pittsburgh-born comic Steve Byrne. We called him Steve Sullivan — which is, of course, the name of Byrne’s character on the hit TBS sitcom “Sullivan and Son.” We regret the error.


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