Meredith Meyer Grelli

The Whiskey Rebellion and the Rebirth of Rye: A Pittsburgh Story

Meredith Meyer Grelli has founded and runs two craft beverage companies and has founded three non-profit organizations. She is an entrepreneur, author, and professor with an unsinkable interest in community and story telling. Meredith is a faculty member focusing on Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Family Business at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. She is also the Co-Founder, Co-Owner and CEO of Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider & Mead. Wigle Whiskey was Pennsylvania’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition. Since beginning distilling in December 2011, Meredith has worked to restore Pittsburgh’s legacy as the Birthplace of American Whiskey, as well as change the regulatory framework in which distilleries in Pennsylvania can operate.

How I Found Belt
I met Anne at the Distillery when she was in Pittsburgh for a Food and Drink Writers Conference. At the end of the distillery tour, Anne told me "you should write a book."  I replied, "I did!" And then much to my great surprise and delight Anne published it and has championed the lost history of American Whiskey ever since.  I fell in love with Anne's unsinkable wit and passion for bringing unsung stories to the world from our first conversation. I am so proud to be a part of the Belt community. 

Recommended Titles
The Belt Cookie Table Cookbook! I am a part of a cookbook club—5 of us women gather every month and cook out of a particular cookbook. And this cookbook is next on the list! In it, Bonnie Tawse brings one of Western PA's most delicious traditions to life and the icing on this cookie table is a forward by the incomparable Beth Kracklauer, a Western PA culinary gem herself.

Where to Find Me

Facebook & Instagram: @WigleWhiskey @ThreadbareCider

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