The Procrastinator’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Pecan pie at Percy Street

Pecan pie at Percy Street

So there’s less than a week left until Thanksgiving … and you still aren’t ready. Maybe you have a good excuse, or maybe you’re just the type of person who always leaves your plans or your food contribution to the last moment – and even then, you just show up with booze. (Not that there’s anything wrong with showing up with booze.) Whatever the case, we’ve got some truly great ideas and last-minute lifesavers. Whether you’re still trying to find something special to bring to party, or desperately looking for a place to get a table for eight, this guide is for you. Read more »

Foobooz Booze Nooz

Photo by Claudia Gavin

Photo by Claudia Gavin

The local distilling scene is really taking off. Foobooz Booze Nooz will be our periodic roundup of new distilleries, products and events.

On Thursday, November 12th, Rowhouse Spirits is releasing their first barrel-aged product. “(e)” Malt Whiskey is the first whiskey to be fermented, distilled, aged and bottled in Philadelphia since in maybe 30 years. There’s a single barrel being released and just 50 bottles will be sold out the Frankford Avenue distillery. So why (e)? It has to do with owner Dean Browne’s last name ending with an “e” and whiskey being spelled with an “e” in the United States. The 50 bottles of the 50% ABV whiskey will be $50 per bottle. And oh, did we mention Dean Browne turns 50 this month?

We were lucky enough to sample some of the whiskey yesterday, and much like Browne’s gin, its nuanced flavor had us going back for more.

Those 50 bottles of Rowhouse’s whiskey may be gone in minutes but there will still be a reason to head to the tasting room on Friday (not the least of which is Browne’s extremely good gin). The Mural Arts Program will be holding a dedication ceremony for the mural by Phillip Adams that adorns the distillery. The dedication and after-party will be from 6 pm to 8 pm.

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Philadelphia’s Best Local Spirits


From left: Different Drum Pennsylvania rum, Rowhouse Spirits gin and Bluecoat Barrel Finished gin | Photo by Claudia Gavin

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.

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LCB Launching “PA Spirits Program”


Manatawny, The Pottstown distillery is likely to benefit from the new program.

Good news for Pennsylvania distilleries, several of whom recently saw their products removed from Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits shops. In an effort to support Pennsylvania distilleries, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is launching the PA Spirits Program, which grants Limited Distillery license holders in the state the opportunity to place up to 10 products in up to 10 liquor stores of their choosing.

The program will allow local distilleries to target their products at the stores of their choosing. To be eligible to participate, all products must be distilled in Pennsylvania must submit their products no later than May 19th. Once selected, distilleries must sell a minimum of one case per month per store to remain in the program.

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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.

Philadelphia Distilling [Official]

Ranstead Room Kicks Off Cocktail Classes

ranstead-room-cocktail-classes-400Starting on Monday, February 16th, the Ranstead Room is kicking off a series of cocktail classes. Each class focuses on a different spirit and participants will learn the fundamentals and techniques involved in making the drinks.

Classes are $44 per person and includes two drinks, snacks and tip. Classes are limited to 12 people per week, so call El Rey (215-563-3330) now to make your reservation.

The classes are taught by Ranstead Room bartenders Anna Henderer and Derek Moorer. The first week’s spirit is gin.

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Whiskey Fest Early Bird Tickets Are On Sale

whiskeyheader-mob-v1Early bird tickets for the 2014 Philadelphia WhiskeyFest & Fine Spirits Festival are now on sale. The 2014 WhiskeyFest will take place on Thursday, October 23rd at Lincoln Financial Field.

WhiskeyFest brings a wide selection of spirits from around the world including premium whiskey, scotch, malts, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, tequila and more to a single location. 

Discounted tickets are being offered from now until September 23rd. Early bird VIP tickets, which come with an extra hour-and-a-half of sampling plus access to exclusive spirits, a behind-the-scenes tour of Lincoln Financial Field and Fine Wine & Good Spirits gift card are currently $30 off (now $120) and general tickets are $15 off (now $80).

Buy tickets now for 2014 Whiskeyfest [EventBrite]

2014 WhiskeyFest: Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival [Philadelphia Magazine]

Tonight: Free Spirits at Trestle Inn


Every other week distilleries drop in at the Trestle Inn for complimentary tastings, drink specials and some distillery swag.

Tonight it is Cutty Sark with Cutty Sark Prohibition whisky.

On Thursday, January 29th, Western Grace Brandy will be in the house.

The fun kicks off at 6 p.m.

Trestle Inn [Foobooz]

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