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Wigle Whiskey's WAM! project on Kickstarter

| Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, 12:57 p.m.
Andrew Russell | Trib Total Media
Wigle Whiskey features barrels used to make their signature whiskey at the company's distillery in the Strip District, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2014.

Wigle Whiskey has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring WAM!, a national whiskey museum and regional alcohol emporium, to Pittsburgh.

The Whiskey of America Museum will celebrate the forgotten history, hidden science and quirky culture of American whiskey. Interactive exhibits built by Pittsburgh makers, science and art organizations will educate visitors through play and adventure.

WAM! also will host a regional tasting room and bottle shop, which will sell local spirits, beer, ciders and wine by the glass and bottle.

Pittsburgh's regional claim on whiskey heritage includes the Whiskey Rebellion, the invention of Shot & A Beer (born as an “imp and iron”) and the birth of the Speakeasy.

Wigle has narrowed down potential WAM! Pop Up locations to a few sites, each in the city. A successful pop-up will raise the funds needed for a permanent home for WAM! in Pittsburgh in 2018.

WAM! Pop Up exhibit highlights include a Science of Whiskey Production exhibit with a malting robot built by Carnegie Mellon University engineers, a DIY fermentation station with a pickling craft and a confetti gun tar-and-feather Whiskey Rebellion exhibit.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through Sept. 19.

Details: kickstarter.com

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