First Look: Philadelphia Distilling’s New Home

philadelphia-distilling-1000-frankford-940Today, Philadelphia Distilling, makers of Blue Coat American Dry Gin, The Bay Vodka, Penn 1681 Vodka and other spirits announced it is moving to the Ajax Metal Building at 1000 Frankford Avenue this fall. The building is also the home to Live Nation’s upcoming music venue, The Fillmore.

The distillery will add 13,000 square feet in the move from Northeast Philadelphia as well as a tasting room, bottle shop, event space, restaurant and outdoor patio.

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Of Vinyl, Ramps and Stinging Nettle: Helm Reviewed


Tortellini with brussels sprouts | Photo by Jason Varney

You knew this was coming. In Philadelphia, where chefs are constantly popping up in one another’s kitchens or dueling each other at Cook, it was only a matter of time before two of them would notice a FOR RENT sign as they carpooled home one night and decide to take the next logical step and move in together. Read more »

La Colombe Hosts Home Grown Supper Club


La Colombe Fishtown will host its first Home Grown Supper Club on Wednesday June 17th. The event (for which tickets are on sale now for $60), includes four courses of veggies, cheeses and meats, one cocktail or beer, and presentations from local farmers and producers.

Greensgrow Farms, Valley Milkhouse Artisan Cheese Makers, Griggstown Farm and La Colombe Fishtown Kitchen & Pastry will provide ingredients and insight about the food’s path from farm to table.

Refreshments start at 6:30 pm and the meal, served family style, will begin at 7pm.

La Colombe-Fishtown [FooBooz]

Celebrate Beer Week By Funding Beer Bagels

Everything bagels from Philly Style Bagels.

Everything bagels from Philly Style Bagels.

A really great bagel is kind of the unicorn of the bread realm. Elusive. Ephemeral. Often the main character of an all-too-realistic, carb-based dream.

They’re contentious– what even is a great bagel, and does it really matter if it is about to be toasted and topped? (Serious Eats recently addressed the matter).

Whatever your definition, really show-stopping bagels are few and far between. Especially in Philadelphia.

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Eat This Now: Kentucky Fried Sweetbreads

eat-this-now-fried-sweetbreads-400Chef Brian Lofink is understandably very excited by his latest special at Kraftwork. Last night I had his chicken fried sweetbreads and waffle, with Crystal’s ramps and maple demi glace. The dish is an excellent balance of sweet and savory. The perfectly fried sweetbreads will turn any offal novice into a gluton, demanding “more organs now!”

Lofink has the sweetbreads on special this weekend at the Fishtown bar and he says, “Im not scared to say I’ll stack it up to any sweetbread dish in the city and knock it down.”

Kraftwork [Foobooz]

Visit La Colombe for a Distillery Tour

la-colombe-distillery-rum-400On Thursdays in May, Fishtown’s La Colombe coffee cafe and distillery will be offering free distillery tours.

Stop by between 6 p.m.this evening and each Thursday in May for a tour. You’ll learn about what the distilling process behind La Colombe’s coffee-infused Different Drum Rum, and you’ll even get to try some of the stuff.

Stay afterwards for dinner from the new springtime menu or just for another drink of rum, wine, beer or coffee.

Thirsty Thursdays: Distillery Tours at La Colombe Fishtown [La Colombe]
La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]

Headlines: What the Heck Is Going on at Saint Laurentius Church in Fishtown?

st laurentius church

Photo: Google Street View.

Update, 6/5/15: On May 8th, Spirit News published a “clarifications and corrections” note concerning its reporting on two lawsuits involving the engineering firm O’Donnell & Naccarato, in which it stated that it had inadvertently conflated the details of the two cases. Accordingly, we have removed our summary of their reporting from this post.

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Property’s Weekend Agenda:

There are nine incredible Jane’s Walks going on this weekend. PlanPhilly’s Ashley Hahn organized the neighborhood walking tours and we’ve picked out a few of our favorites.


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Shroom Dinner at Kensington Quarters


I was always warned against eating mushrooms because ” like, that stuff will blow your mind, man.” But on Thursday, April 30th, Kensington Quarters is partnering with Mycopolitan Mushroom Co. to prepare a 5-course, $75 per person (with wine pairings), mushroom themed dinner (don’t worry- it’s the normal kind of mushrooms. Disappointed? Join the club.)

Mycopolitan Mushroom Co., which wins the award for most fun name to say out loud, is located in Fishtown (right near Kensington Quarters) and is actually Philadelphia’s first mushroom farm. A representative from Mycopolitan will be at the dinner so you can get all your burning mushroom questions answered.

The menu includes mushrooms in each course and because it is spring, ramps; and because it is Kensington Quarters, filet mignon.

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New Live Nation Music Venue Coming to Fishtown

New Fishtown Concert Venue

Image from Google Maps.

The old Ajax Metal Co. building in Fishtown—situated across from SugarHouse at Frankford Avenue—is undergoing a $32 million renovation courtesy of the House of Blues Entertainment division of Live Nation. When finished, it will become a 141,000-square-foot entertainment complex, housing two live-music venues, a comedy club, 24-lane bowling alley, distillery and Italian restaurant.

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