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 »

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.

Capogiro [Official]
Philadelphia Distilling [Official]

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.

Philadelphia Distilling [Official]

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

Bluecoat Gin Creator Robert Cassell Is Leaving Philadelphia Distilling Company

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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

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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.

 

Emmanuelle [Official Site]

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