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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Philadelphia Distilling Offering An Exclusive Tour


Philadelphia Distilling is offering a special behind the scenes look into the distillery where all the magic happens. On Saturday, May 9th only, you can take a tour of the Northeast Philadelphia distillery while learning about how Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin, Penn 1681 Vodka, Vieux Carre Absinthe and The Bay Seasoned Vodka are made, and meeting the team of distillers.

Two one-hour tours of the distillery are available that day, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and you can purchase them here.

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New Bluecoat Gin Available In PA (For A Limited Time)

bluecoatbarrelginThose of you who read Foobooz regularly know that we’re big fans of gin. I mean, we’re big fans of pretty much anything with alcohol in it, but gin is…special. It’s one of those spirits that we don’t think gets the respect it deserves among drinkers, and we have committed ourselves to doing something about that.


With all that in mind, we have news that the crew at Philadelphia Distilling will have their new Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin in all Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits stores starting today.

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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

Bluecoat Gin Creator Robert Cassell Is Leaving Philadelphia Distilling Company


I remember when Philadelphia Distilling Company first released Bluecoat Gin, the craft distillery’s flagship spirit. “Gin made in Philly?!” people would say when I told them about it. “No thanks.”

Nearly a decade later, no decent, self-respecting Philadelphia bar is without a bottle of Bluecoat on the shelf, and it is available in dozens of states. But now Bluecoat’s creator, Philadelphia Distilling Company master distiller and co-founder Robert Cassell (that’s him on the bottom), is leaving the company.

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Special Industry Night with Jen Carroll and Philadelphia Distilling Tonight at Emmanuelle


After 9 p.m. at Emmanuelle tonight is a special industry fundraiser. The Northern Liberties cocktail bar will be offering special cocktails made with Philadelphia Distilling products. Jen Carroll will also be lending a hand, whipping up free snacks. The cocktails are $5 and the night is also a fundraiser for Wine to Water, a charity that aims to bring clean water to people around the world.


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Philadelphia Distilling Unveils Chesapeake Bay Seasoned Vodka


Today, Philadelphia Distilling announced its newest product, The Bay – Seasoned Vodka. The “traditional Chesapeake Bay seasoning” flavored vodka will be available in one liter bottles. Whether this is a good or bad thing, we’ll refrain from commenting on until we try it. At the very least, it provides a savory alternative to all those sweet cotton candy, icing flavored vodkas. And we could see it working in a Bloody Mary. But we wonder, why not something more local, like shad flavored vodka? Never mind, we think we know Philadelphia Distilling master distiller, Robert Cassell skipped that.

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Canal Street North Project is Supported by Fishtown

The Michael Samschick proposal for Canal Street North, an entertainment center planned for Fishtown that we described yesterday, was approved by the Fistown Neighbors Association last night. According FNA’s live tweets of the public meeting the project was supported 72-17.

What we now know from last night’s meeting is that the music venue will be a Fillmore Theater run by Live Nation and that parts of Canal Street will be turned into a pedestrian plaza with outdoor dining. We also have it on good authority that the distillery set for Canal Street North will be ….

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U.S. Customs Office Snafu Delays Philadelphia Distilling’s Absinthe Production

Early Monday morning, Philadelphia Distilling Company master distiller and co-founder Robert Cassell showed up for work expecting to begin the tedious process of distilling Vieux Carre, PDC’s absinthe that debuted in 2008. The only problem? No wormwood, the controversial herb used in absinthe and one that some say causes hallucinations but almost certainly doesn’t. Cassell normally gets the herb from a farm in Switzerland. But not this week. “I asked my assistant where the wormwood was, but he said it hadn’t arrived yet,” explains Cassell. “I said, WHAT? It was supposed to be here last week!” And without wormwood, there could be no Vieux Carre.

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