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Out & About: West Overton hosts Whiskey Smash

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, 9:10 p.m.
West Overton Village board members, (from left),  Lynne Kendrish and Sam Komlenic, also a premier Pennsylvania whiskey historian, pose for a photo at the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
West Overton Village board members, (from left), Lynne Kendrish and Sam Komlenic, also a premier Pennsylvania whiskey historian, pose for a photo at the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Thomas Brown and Sara Shoemaker Brown, of Acme, try a sample of whiskey from Kevin Hough, assistant distiller at Mingo Creek Craft Distillers, during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Thomas Brown and Sara Shoemaker Brown, of Acme, try a sample of whiskey from Kevin Hough, assistant distiller at Mingo Creek Craft Distillers, during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
(from left), Herman Mihalich, founder of Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey, joins Jessica Kadie-Barclay, managing director of West Overton Village,for a photo during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Herman Mihalich, founder of Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey, joins Jessica Kadie-Barclay, managing director of West Overton Village,for a photo during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
(from left), Jordan Gwinn, director of operations at Disobedient Spirits Craft Distillery, offers a sample of whiskey to Lisa Simko, of Slippery Rock, during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Jordan Gwinn, director of operations at Disobedient Spirits Craft Distillery, offers a sample of whiskey to Lisa Simko, of Slippery Rock, during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
(from left), Ben and Erica Morr, of Upper St. Clair, Allegheny County, pose for a photo during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Ben and Erica Morr, of Upper St. Clair, Allegheny County, pose for a photo during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
(from left), Bill Porter, of Scottdale, Barry Whoric, board member, and John Halfhill, of Scottdale, gather for a photo during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Bill Porter, of Scottdale, Barry Whoric, board member, and John Halfhill, of Scottdale, gather for a photo during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
(from left), Ryan and Andrea Kenney, of Scottdale, pose for a photo during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Ryan and Andrea Kenney, of Scottdale, pose for a photo during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Linda Kubas, of Greensburg, samples a whiskey during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Linda Kubas, of Greensburg, samples a whiskey during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
(from left), Shannon Overholt, of Pittsburgh, and Casey Overholt, of Bethlehem, sample whiskey during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Shannon Overholt, of Pittsburgh, and Casey Overholt, of Bethlehem, sample whiskey during the third annual Whiskey Smash, held at West Overton Village located near Scottdale on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.

Who knows what your great-grandpap might have thought, but bananas Foster moonshine is now a thing.

That was just one of the esoteric flavors from Tall Pines Distillery of Salisbury, Somerset County, at the third annual Whiskey Smash on Nov. 18 at West Overton Village and Museum near Scottdale.

Joining Tall Pines in offering sips and shots were regional distillers Barrel 21, Mountain Laurel Spirits, Disobedient Spirits, Mingo Creek Craft Distillers, Red Pump Spirits, Ridge Runner Distillery and Wigle Whiskey.

The Whiskey Smash celebrates West Overton's history, as the site where Old Overholt whiskey originated, and the present day resurgence in popularity of whiskey and moonshine products.

It also looks forward to the historical site's plans to get back in the distillery business.

“We're not quite there,” said Executive Director Jessica Kadie-Barclay at the party, “but we are SO close!”

Maybe next year's guests will be queuing up for some “New Overholt.” In the meantime, they were happy with the spirits offered, along with eats from Carson's Catering, desserts from Barton's Bake Shop and music by Mike Medved.

Seen at the Smash: Vicki Copenheaver, Aleasha Monroe, Marty Savanick, John Faith, Sam Komlenic, Gary and Christina Phillips, Adam and Shelley Minnick, Anthony Bompiani, Bruce Blacka, David and Carol Tullio, Randy andKelly Tullio, Tinky Nist, Kevin and Becky Kramarski, Dan Simko, Lisa Simko, Ian Yuhouse, Jim Seaman, Dave and Angie Hudik, Mary Wilkie and Sarah Treadway.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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