A Winning Combination: Union Forge Vodka and Pittsburgh Penguins Partnership

I recently had the pleasure of trying Union Forge Vodka, and I must say, I liked it. But this review isn’t just about the vodka; it’s about an exciting announcement that takes Union Forge to a new level. Today, Union Forge proudly announced its official partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the professional ice hockey team that calls Pittsburgh, PA, home. As a longtime fan of quality spirits and the Penguins, this collaboration caught my attention.

Union Forge Vodka is handcrafted at Pennsylvania’s oldest continually operating distillery, Charles Jacquin et Cie., Inc., and has been making waves since its launch in 2022. It has become known as “Pennsylvania’s Vodka,” expanding its presence tenfold across the state. So, it’s no surprise they celebrated their success in Pittsburgh by joining forces with the Pittsburgh Penguins and PPG Paints Arena for the 2023-2024 NHL season.

John Cooper, the third-generation owner of Charles Jacquin Et Cie., Inc., expressed his excitement, saying, “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our success in Pittsburgh than by partnering with the Pittsburgh Penguins.” This partnership promises to offer fans and entertainment-goers a taste of Union Forge’s excellence.

At PPG Paints Arena, Union Forge will introduce a signature bar and roving bar cart, serving up specialty cocktails that will elevate the game-day experience for Penguins fans. It’s a perfect way for fans to enjoy a high-quality drink while cheering on their favorite team.

Jack Tipton, Penguin’s Senior Vice President of Partnership Sales, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, saying, “Pens fans are going to love it!” The Penguins, with their storied history, five-time Stanley Cup victories, and a promising 2023 season ahead, are an integral part of Pittsburgh sports and culture. This partnership between Union Forge and the Penguins promises to create remarkable fan experiences.

As part of this exciting partnership, Union Forge and the Pittsburgh Penguins will host three events throughout the city featuring meet & greets and tastings with prominent Penguins alumni. These events will surely be a hit among fans and provide an opportunity to engage with the brand personally.

Union Forge Vodka boasts an ultra-smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a distinctly clean, crispy, spicy finish. Made with Pennsylvania Rye at the oldest continually operating distillery in the state, Union Forge embodies the spirit and resilience that has guided Charles Jacquin et Cie., Inc. for three generations. It’s a vodka that can be enjoyed in various ways – neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite cocktail.

Before it even debuted to the public, Union Forge earned a prestigious 96 points from the 2023 Chilled 100 Spirits Awards, a testament to its quality and craftsmanship. It’s now certified gluten-free and available at a reasonable price of $19.99 SRP in 750mL bottles at major spirits retailers in several states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Florida, and Michigan.

Union Forge Vodka, with its balanced and smooth palate, distinct spice from the distilled rye, and the honor of being certified gluten-free, stands as a testament to the dedication and craftsmanship of Charles Jacquin et Cie., Inc. With over a century of experience in the spirits industry, the family-owned distillery has created a vodka that pays homage to its Pennsylvania roots and sets a new standard for quality and taste.

Whether you’re a connoisseur seeking an ultra-smooth and refined vodka experience or simply someone who appreciates a well-crafted cocktail, Union Forge Vodka is a choice that won’t disappoint. Its award-winning flavor profile, rich heritage, and accessibility at major spirits retailers in several states make it a top contender for those looking to elevate their drinking experience.

The partnership between Union Forge Vodka and the Pittsburgh Penguins is a winning combination that promises to deliver exceptional experiences to fans and vodka enthusiasts alike. With its rich history and dedication to quality, Union Forge Vodka is a fitting choice as the official vodka partner for the Penguins’ 2023-2024 season. Cheers to this exciting collaboration, and may it bring even more success to Union Forge and the Penguins!

For more information and updates on events and collaborations, be sure to visit their website and follow @unionforge and @penguins on Instagram.

Daniel Casciato
Daniel Casciato
Publisher and Editor | writer@danielcasciato.com

Daniel Casciato is a highly accomplished writer, publisher, and product reviewer with 20 years of experience in the industry. He is the proud owner and publisher of Pittsburgh Better Times, a lifestyle magazine that covers a wide range of topics, from fashion and beauty to food and travel.

Daniel helped founded Pittsburgh Better Times in 2010 to help readers discover new and exciting things to do in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. As a publisher and editor, he works hard to bring the latest trends, hidden gems, and must-see attractions, all with a focus on the unique culture and character of the Steel City.

His writing talent is evident from the numerous publications he has written for, including Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials, Health Union, EMS World, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Providence Journal, and The Tribune-Review. He has also written content for top-notch clients, such as The American Heart Association, Choice Hotels, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Culver's Restaurants, Google Earth, and Southwest Airlines.