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POTTSTOWN — The bar was bustling during the grand opening of Manatawny Still Works Friday night.
The newest addition to the cluster of businesses on Circle of Progress Drive is the brainchild of John Giannopoulos, the owner of Sly Fox Brewery, Jeff Vaughan, Paul Czachor, Al Matarazzo and Derek Menaldino.
Right now the distillery pumps out vodka, un-aged whiskey and — as of Friday morning — a double distilled rum.
And those three spirits took center stage Friday after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
POTTSTOWN, PA — Pennsylvania’s fledgling craft distillery industry owes a debt of gratitude to America’s micro-brew movement and nobody knows it better than Max Pfeffer.
The director of operations for the Manatawny Still Works and its chief distiller, Pfeffer didn’t have to go far to find his new job.
It was a short hop to go from craft-brewing to craft-distilling for the chemical engineer.
After being educated in brewing at a special school at the University of California at Davis, Pfeffer “went right into beer,” and spent three years at Victory Brewing, followed by three years as brew master at Sly Fox Brewing Co., located directly across the street from the Circle of Progress location of the new distillery.