Educational Distillery

Visit the Educational Distillery where the tradition of making whiskey at West Overton is alive once again.

A Tradition of Whiskey Making

Our Educational Distillery revives the tradition of making whiskey at West Overton for the first time since Prohibition. Visit us to learn about history and science of making rye whiskey.

Our modern whiskey production draws inspiration from the legacy of Abraham Overholt, who turned his family's small distilling operation into a thriving professional business. The Overholts produced Monongahela rye whiskey, considered the classic American whiskey prior to Prohibition.

In 1927, the Overholt Company was acquired by National Distillers. National Distillers & Chemical Corp’s distilling division was in turn acquired by American Brands and its subsidiary James B. Beam Distilling Co in 1987. Old Overholt, a 19th century brand started in honor of Abraham Overholt and continuously produced and sold since 1810, is now distilled and made by Beam Suntory in Kentucky. 

West Overton Distilling 

In 2020, West Overton Distilling began producing its own brand of Monongahela rye whiskey at West Overton Village. Located in our historic two-story brick stock barn, the Educational Distillery distills whiskey with a recipe of 80% rye grain and 20% malted barley, aged in charred White Oak barrels. A delicate balance of temperature and time allows the whiskey to develop its unique flavor. Our Educational Distillery has on display the distilling equipment, whiskey aging in barrels, and the opportunity to sample and purchase our spirits.
Laurel Highlands Pour Tour
West Overton Village is a member of the Laurel Highlands Pour Tour, a craft beer, wine and spirits trail through scenic Southwestern Pennsylvania. Grab your official Laurel Highlands Pour Tour Passport and collect stickers as you enjoy the wines, ciders, whiskeys, moonshine, meads, and craft brews found throughout the scenic Laurel Highlands. Then, cash in your sticker collection for must-have Laurel Highlands Pour Tour collectibles.
Whiskey Rebellion Trail
West Overton Village is also a site on the Whiskey Rebellion Trail, commemorating the role of western Pennsylvania’s farmers who rebelled against a tax on distilled spirits in the 1790s.


Plan Your Visit

Distillery Hours of Operation


Thursdays-Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Or by appointment (724-887-7910 x104)


Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Or by appointment (724-887-7910 x104)

The Educational Distillery is also open for select events throughout the year. Please check our Events page for details.


The Educational Distillery is free to visit. Samples, drinks, and bottles are available for purchase. Visit our historic site May - October to enjoy our Museum and guided tours of the 1838 Overholt Homestead.


Visit the Educational Distillery

Plan your visit to West Overton Village. Take a guided tour of the historic site, explore our exhibitions, and sample whiskey in our Educational Distillery. Learn more about hours, admission, and visiting here.