Philadelphia’s booming distilling scene is ridiculously young (thanks to only recently changed licensing laws), and yet we’ve already got spirits on the shelves that can hold their own against some of the most recognizable global brands. Here are seven worth adding to your liquor cabinet.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1st, Cooper River Distillers is going to be distributing its Single Run Series Whiskey outside of the distillery for the first time. 22 bottles of the whiskey will make their way to Benash Liquors in Cherry Hill (2405 Route 38).
It is the third run Cooper River has done of whiskey and it is distilled from a base of locally brewed beer. In this case, the whiskey is distilled from Saint Benjamin’s Foul Weather Jack English Mild. We were lucky to get a taster of an earlier Single Run whiskey (made with Saint Benjamin’s IPA) and were very impressed with the results.
Cooper River’s Single Run Whiskey is the first whiskey that has been distilled, aged, and sold in New Jersey in a long time, perhaps even since Prohibition.
But with just 22 bottles in this run, it won’t last long.
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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 »
There aren’t nearly enough opportunities for adults to dress up like pirates–which is a tragedy that Cooper River Distillers is looking to rectify. On Saturday, Feb. 28, the distillery is turning into a “pirate hideaway” for The Swashbucklers’ Ball. Needless to say, there’s going to be plenty of the distillery’s Petty Island Rum being poured.
- Pollyodd, South Philly: Limoncello and other flavored aperitifs.
- Philadelphia Distilling, Northeast Philly: Vodka, gin, whiskey, absinthe.
- New Liberty Distillery, Kensington: Bourbon, rye, whiskey.
- Hewn Spirits, Pipersville: Rum, whiskey.
- Jersey Artisan Distilling, Fairfield: Rum.
- La Colombe Distillery, Fishtown, Rum.
- Manatawny Still Works, Pottstown, Vodka, rum whiskey.
- Rowhouse Spirits, Kensington: Irish moonshine, gin, herabal liqueuer.
- Cooper River Distillers, Camden: Rum.
- Dock Street Spirits, West Philly: Mezcal.
Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine
Cooper River Distillers is the first legal distillery in New Jersey since prohibition. They have their distillery up and running and have been producing their first spirit–Petty Island Rum–since April of 2014.
Yes, that basically means they’ve got six months behind them. And in this area, in this day and age, that kinda makes them experts. Which is maybe why the first time the Cooper River crew held an Aspiring Distillers Workshop, it completely filled up with folks who wanted to learn how to turn corn into delicious, delicious alcohol (without killing themselves in the process).
Matter of fact, it was SO popular, that Cooper River is now planning on doing a second workshop. It’s currently scheduled for November 22nd, but the reason we’re giving you so much notice is because there are only 15 seats available and they’re likely to go fast. You can get more details (and reserve your spot) by emailing Ben Donia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s about f-ing time.
After waiting for more than a year to receive a blessing from the City of Camden, Philadelphia homebrewer and Kentucky native James Yoakum is finally opening his distillery to the public tonight. Cooper River Distillers, located in an industrial building in (safe) downtown Camden, is the second distillery to open in New Jersey since before Prohibition.
After months of waiting and delays Cooper River Distillers have finally received permission to legally operate their distillery. Production on their first product, Petty’s Island Rum will begin this week. It won’t be long before the made-in-Camden spirit will be available to drink and this Thursday will be the last chance for awhile to tour the about-to-rock distillery. Tours are being offered at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. The distillery is located at 34 N. 4th St.
Camden, New Jersey.