Sunday, November 29, 2009

Inside Michter's

So I finally got a hold of the owner the other day and the only time he had to get me in for a tour of the place was today. Here are a few highlights of what is still there!

This is the small warehouse on the site. The sides are leaning, but the owner has stabilized them.
This is a view from the top story (I think there are 6) of the doubler building. The floors are open grate so you can see straight to the bottom.

This is some sort of grain separator in the fermenter/grain building. Still in good shape actually.

Steps leading up to the grain separator and tops of all the silos.

Sweet lookin' old copper piece. Not sure if this is part of the condesing system or not.

View of the column still going the whole way up.

This was where the small barrel-a-day still sat that the tourists got to see. It now resides in Bardstown, Ky.

Inside view of the column still.

Second inside view of the column still.

After going through the column, the whiskey was finished in this large pot still doubler. This is what made the great, unmistakable Michter's flavor.

One of the MASSIVE furnaces with a second in the background.

View of the fermenter tanks through a window.

This is the control board for the pot still and column. No space age electronics here!

Sign on the column still. Pretty much every vat, tank, or manufacturing items has a painted-on label.

This is the beer vat in the basement of the still house. The sour mash came into here before it went into the doubler.
Those are the highlights of the trip. I was surprised at how intact the place is and how good a condition most of it is in.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I really hate to do it, but we're starting to get spam comments, so I will be adding the word-verification requirement before you can post a comment. Again, I wish we didn't have to do it -- I hate CAPTCHA as much as anyone -- but I don't want the quality of the site to suffer.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Collection for David and Theresa Bayline

On October 31st, 2009, Theresa and David Bayline were killed in a head-on collision on Route 155 near their home in Port Allegany, McKean County. They married on May 2nd.

Theresa was caring, funny, and good to everyone -- family, friends, and neighbors. David was a successful man, and provided Theresa with everything she could want during their short time together.

David's obituary is listed here, Theresa's here.

Donations in their memory have been requested to go to the McKean County SPCA. I'm starting this collection to give people an easy way to contribute through PayPal.

If you enjoy what we do at ForgottenPA, please consider donating. Any contribution is appreciated -- $1 is plenty.

Full disclosure: Theresa was my mother-in-law, but that marriage has since ended. No money will be going to me; 100% of your contribution goes to the McKean County SPCA.

Thanks in advance.

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