Meredith Meyer Grelli
Meredith Meyer Grelli is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh's first distillery since Prohibition. Since beginning distilling in December 2011, Wigle Whiskey has worked to restore Pittsburgh's legacy as the Birthplace of American Whiskey and the epicenter of Rye. Meredith is a 2018 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist; 2018 Imbibe 75 Beverage Professionals to Watch; and the author of The Whiskey Rebellion & The Rebirth of Rye.
Wigle spirits are distributed throughout the country and the Distillery was been the most awarded Craft Whiskey Distillery in the US By the American Craft Spirits Association for four straight years. Wigle has won Best in Class Gin, Best in Category Rye Whiskey, and Wheat Whiskey and a gold medal for its Bourbon by the American Craft Spirits Association.
In 2017, Meredith co-founded Threadbare Cider & Mead, a Cidery in Pittsburgh PA.
Before starting Wigle, Meredith worked in brand management at the H.J. Heinz Company, received her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, worked in community development, studied cooking at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and received her BS in urban history and geography at University of Chicago. Meredith co-founded a Pittsburgh urban beekeeping organization and started the nation's first community apiary.
Meredith was named Alumna of the Year in 2016 by the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; a 2016 100 Women to Watch by the Business Times; a 2008-2010 Forte Fellow, and received the 2010 Canfield Roseman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as the 2006 Harold Goettler Political Institutions Prize. She has been a keynote or featured speaker at a variety of Universities and companies.