The Quigley brothers had been tinkering with vodka long before before bringing their business to the market.
In a stranger-than-fiction whirlwind, the brothers have gone from distilling in their parent’s basement, to traveling across the globe to Bielsko-Biała, Poland, at the request of a globally prominent liquor company.
And now, their distilling adventures have brought them to Pittsburgh!
The brand established itself as Federal Distilling and Stateside Vodka in early 2015 in the owner’s hometown of Philadelphia. After a few successful years of distilling and distributing their product, Stateside Vodka is establishing a home-base across the state in Pittsburgh.
Located on Butler Street in Lawrenceville (next to The Vandal), the new space will first and foremost be a meeting space for Stateside’s representatives in Pittsburgh. As the brand continues to grow locally in the city, there is a potential for the shop to become a retail showroom, and a bar.
At their distillery in Philadelphia, Stateside operates the “Federal Distilling Room,” a full service cocktail lounge that serves custom cocktails made with Stateside Urbancraft Vodka.
“A year after we put the brand on the market, we realized the space next to our office would be a really cool bar,” says Stateside owner Matt Quigley.
If it ends up being a correct fit for Pittsburgh (we tend to think it will be), a similar, cocktail bar setup is possible in Stateside’s Lawrenceville lounge.
“We are very excited about the location,” says Quigley. “It fits our vibe.”
To get started, Stateside is determined that Pittsburghers start trying their product. Starting this summer, Stateside’s space in Lawrenceville will be open on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 -10:00 p.m. for $1 vodka shots all night long.
“It’s a great deal, and we want people to taste the product,” says Quigley.
More information and updates on the space can be found online.
Stateside Urbancraft Vodka (4304 Butler St)