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Where the Booze Comes From: A Guide to Philly’s New Distilling Boom

Local distilling is taking off.

Local distilling is taking off.

Philadelphia has history in spades, it’s true. And while these streets may be haunted by the ghosts of years past, the present is full of a different kind of spirit.

Craft distilling has come home to Pennsylvania, pre-Prohibition seat to scads of small scale booze producers, and though the temperance movement put a damper on things for a good while, Repeal Day—and new legislation passed in 2011—has finally opened up regulations to get the stills firing afresh. Below you’ll find our favorite distillery pioneers in the Philadelphia area. Read more »

Taste Illustrated: Whiskey Business


  1. Pollyodd, South Philly: Limoncello and other flavored aperitifs.
  2. Philadelphia Distilling, Northeast Philly: Vodka, gin, whiskey, absinthe.
  3. New Liberty Distillery, Kensington: Bourbon, rye, whiskey.
  4. Hewn Spirits, Pipersville: Rum, whiskey.
  5. Jersey Artisan Distilling, Fairfield: Rum.
  6. La Colombe Distillery, Fishtown, Rum.
  7. Manatawny Still Works, Pottstown, Vodka, rum whiskey.
  8. Rowhouse SpiritsKensington: Irish moonshine, gin, herabal liqueuer.
  9. Cooper River DistillersCamden: Rum.
  10. Dock Street Spirits, West Philly: Mezcal.

Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine

Pollyodd Ice Cream


Many of you probably don’t know this, but Pollyodd, Philly’s very own aperitif/digestif line, hosts a tasting every Saturday from 5-7 PM. It’s free and delicious, and it’s perfect for a pre-dinner activity.

This Saturday, though, make your mother mad with some dessert before dinner. Owner Joan Verratti will be pairing up with Mother’s Gourmet Pastries & Ice Cream for some ‘cello flavored ice creams. Think Banana-Strawberry, made with her Bananacello cream and chunks of real strawberries, Choco-Cherry which is made with her Chocolatecello and chunks of real cherries, White Chocolate-Orange made with her Orangecello cream and chunks of real white chocolate, and Mango-White Peach made with her Mangocello and chunks of real white peaches.

1908 E. Passyunk, folks. This Saturday. Be there, or be square.

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