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.
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.
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]
Starting 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.
It seems superfluous to come up with more programming than the obvious “drink whiskey and other spirits” for Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey Festival & Fine Spirits Festival, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to the event that’s coming up on Thursday, October 23rd at Lincoln Financial Field.
Early 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]
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]
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 10th, Percy Street will be hosting Dad’s hat Rye Whiskey in a “Meet the Distiller” tasting event with local distillers, John Cooper and Herman Mihalich. The event costs $30 and requires reservations. At this point there are under ten remaining.
The tasting will consist of: a range of Dad’s Hat whiskeys, along with two cocktails, plus some light fare from Percy Street chef-owner Erin O’Shea.
The discount code will be included in Tuesday’s newsletter, so sign up now.
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