Eat Here Now: Philadelphia Distilling

Charred Polenta at Philadelphia Distilling/Photo by Alex Jones

Philadelphia Distilling opened a shiny new facility in the old Ajax Metal Building — also home of The Fillmore — at 25 East Allen Street back in February.

From the start, they’ve offered a seasonally-driven cocktail program featuring their Bluecoat dry and barrel-aged gins, 1681 vodka and its Old Bay-infused sibling The Bay, and Vieux Carré absinthe. But it wasn’t until spring was in full swing that they quietly hired chef Ari Miller, who has been turning out exciting, exquisitely crafted small plates that wowed us at first bite.

Here are five reasons you should be eating at Philadelphia Distilling now.

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Here’s Everything We Know About the New Philadelphia Distilling Complex

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Philadelphia Distilling, home of Bluecoat Gin, Penn1681 Vodka, Vieux Carre Absinthe and a different vodka that tastes like Old Bay, is getting some new, fancy digs at 25 East Allen Street in Fishtown, in the former home of the Ajax Metal Company.

This is a big expansion — a serious investment by one of our largest local distillers that will be both a fully-functioning production facility and a showcase for its product. So here’s everything we know.

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Booze News: Tough Broads and More

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Tough Broad: A collaboration of Yards Brewing and Philadelphia Distilling

In our never ceasing coverage of the always expanding local distilling scene we drop the following booze news. From limited releases to cocktail tasting dinners featuring goose.

Yards Brewing and Philadelphia Distilling have collaborated to make a whiskey. It’s name is Tough Broad, named for Broad Street as well as an homage to “the strong talented women of this great city.” The whiskey started with a distillate made by Yards and similar to Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale. From there, Philadelphia Distilling ran it through its stills a couple of times and aged it in a highly charred American oak barrel. The result is a whiskey with hints of malt.

The whiskey is an extremely limited run (just 300 bottles available) and they are taking pre-orders. And that order will come with a pickup and sneak peek at Philly Distilling’s new Fishtown distillery at 25 East Allen Street in the Fillmore complex. The 375ml bottles are going to be available for $45. Contact Pete at 215-671-0346 x:13 or pete@philadelphiadistilling.com.

 

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Drink Beer And Eat Fried Chicken This Thursday At Local 44

Twice Fried Chicken from Resurrection Ale House.

Twice Fried Chicken from Resurrection Ale House.

Calling all beer-drinking carnivores: Local 44 is hosting a beer and fried chicken night this Thursday, July 30th. Unless you are genuinely busy, you have no excuse not to indulge.

Oh, would it make a difference if we told you it was a Resurrection Ale House fried chicken night?

Yeah, we thought it might.

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Capogiro + Bluecoat Means Blueberry Gin Gelato

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Lancaster blueberries plus local gin.

Philadelphia Distilling, makers of  Bluecoat American Dry Gin, and Capogiro Gelato are teaming up for several collaboration gelato flavors. Now through Labor Day, all five Capogiro locations, along with Old City’s Capofitto will be serving Bluecoat + Blueberries. The gelato features Lancaster blueberries, and of course Philadelphia Distilling’s signature gin.

Stay tuned for more flavors like Penn 1681 + Cucumber and others. But here’s the big question: Just what gelato would you pair with Bay Vodka?

Follow Capogiro’s Instagram feed to stay in the loop.

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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

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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.

Anyway…

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

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  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

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