A History Lesson, Locally Made Cider And Sorbet At Pittsburgh Business

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One of the latest additions to the local food scene is not food but drink. Bill and Michelle Larkin turn local apples, cherries, and other regionally harvested ingredients into drinks and sorbets at the Arsenal Cider House and Wine Cellar in Pittsburgh. The couple lives upstairs in their spacious old home, across from what was the U.S. Army's famed Allegheny Arsenal established in 1814. The main floor of the Larkins' house is a tasting room that's historic, yet with an updated feel. Customers can sample first, then buy bottles to take home. The bottles are labeled as "rations" -- Bill reports that Civil War soldiers were once similarly issued rations of whiskey in these parts. My friend, Danelle Ardell, and I stopped in for a taste and enjoyed our chat with Bill (pictured left).