There are a lot of people in Philadelphia in need of consolation (read: a stiff drink) after yesterday’s election, and one bar owner has extended an offer to help make us all feel just a little bit better: free whiskey. Read more »
Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey Fest is of course about whiskey but that isn’t all. As you may have noticed, the exact branding is Whiskey and Fine Spirits Fest, which means all sorts of booze will be available for sampling, including from 12 spirit lounges. The event is also serving as the kickoff to the inaugural Philly Craft Spirits Week and 11 local distilleries will be set up to show you what’s happening in Philadelphia’s booming craft scene.
And since you can’t live by whiskey alone, there are also tons of excellent food options to choose from; including Village Whiskey, Zeppoli and Double Knot in the Infiniti Lounge, where there will be hand-rolled sushi and Japanese whiskey.
Joining clubs as an adult kind of sucks. Running clubs? No thanks. Book clubs? I would rather do anything else. Craftsman Row Saloon has a much more appealing option. Their new Whiskey Club might be a little more our speed.
When you order a drink, ask for a Whiskey Club card and start filling it up. With each drink you order, another stamp is added. Prizes get better and better as you complete each card. You can work your way up to complimentary glasses of whiskey, t-shirts, and a personalized glass kept behind the bar for every time you imbibe.
Just a year ago, we wrote a guide to local distilling that talked about eight local distilleries. In updating that list we came up with 24 distilleries within 100 miles of City Hall that are worth a trip.
These distilleries, some no bigger than a garage (actually at least a couple are in old garages) to several that are designed with room to really grow are proof that craft distilling is here in a big way. And what we found is that these distilleries are putting out really good stuff. In fact, Dad’s Hat Rye was named Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year for 2015. So we’re not talking good for a local distillery, we’re talking about world class stuff.
Tonight, The Trestle Inn’s Spirit of Wednesday features a new rye whiskey from Bethlehem’s Social Still. The not-available in stores rye is pouring tonight via complimentary tastings and $10 for a neat pour.
Social Still Rye Whiskey is 70% rye and 30% malted barley and aged for 192 days. The rye is described as having a subtle fruity aroma, and a pronounced rye flavor with a long spicy finish.
Social Still, just one of the most recent Pennsylvania distillers to hit the market focuses on obtaining Pennsylvania corn, wheat, rye, barley and other grains from family farms for their organic practices. The grains are then milled, cooked and fermented in their Bethlehem distillery. Social Still has a bar and restaurant on site if you find yourself in Bethlehem.
Wigle Whiskey is making another visit across the state to Philadelphia today and they are hosting a happy hour at Strangelove’s, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be Wigle seasonal cocktail specials and complimentary tastes of two new whiskeys that the craft distillery is releasing this fall.
The two new seasonal whiskeys are »
VIP tickets for Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival on Thursday, October 29th are going fast. The VIP tickets get you the chance to taste Pappy Van Winkle and a host of other ultra-premium spirits. Early entry and a behind-the-scenes tour of Lincoln Financial Field is also part of the VIP experience.
VIP tickets are $150 per person (general admission tickets are $95) are on sale now. Get them now before like the Pappy, it’s all gone.
Whiskey Fest [Philadelphia Magazine]
Tomorrow, Thursday, September 10th at 7 p.m., Fette Sau is hosting a whiskey dinner with New Liberty Distilling. Chef Jason Goodman and New Liberty’s master distiller and owner Robert Cassell will be teaming up on the dinner. In fact Cassell has shared staves from his charred oak whiskey barrels that will be used to smoke the dishes.
- Pollyodd, South Philly: Limoncello and other flavored aperitifs.
- Philadelphia Distilling, Northeast Philly: Vodka, gin, whiskey, absinthe.
- New Liberty Distillery, Kensington: Bourbon, rye, whiskey.
- Hewn Spirits, Pipersville: Rum, whiskey.
- Jersey Artisan Distilling, Fairfield: Rum.
- La Colombe Distillery, Fishtown, Rum.
- Manatawny Still Works, Pottstown, Vodka, rum whiskey.
- Rowhouse Spirits, Kensington: Irish moonshine, gin, herabal liqueuer.
- Cooper River Distillers, Camden: Rum.
- Dock Street Spirits, West Philly: Mezcal.
Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine
Trestle Inn is getting in the “spirit” on Thursdays this fall, by offering complimentary spirit and cocktail tastings from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and cocktail specials til 10 p.m.
On Thursday, October 16th, the tasting will feature WL Weller’s Special Reserve. October 18th’s tasting will showcase the Trolley Car Cocktail, and the spirit of choice on October 30th is Western Grace Brandy.