Philadelphia Distilling was founded in 2005, and on February 20th of this year the first craft distillery in Pennsylvania opened the doors to its beautiful new home. Here, get a glimpse of their sparkling new digs.
The new space allowed the company to expand by adding a second, larger copper pot still. Those stills are shown off front and center at the distillery from its comfortable bar and lounge area.
The capability of having an on-site bar though was actually a key component to the relocation, with laws being changed approximately three and a half years ago to allow for on-site tastings and spirit sales at distilleries. “Right at that moment we started to look at a new space,” says co-founder Andrew Auwerda. “We were the first craft distillery in Pennsylvania and even had our hands in changing the law.”
It took years to find the right space and then ready it for its debut, and on a recent visit in late March, all of that hard work and investment was paying off. Happy guests sipped on creative house-made craft cocktails while others strolled through the facility soaking up knowledge on an informative tour. Those beautiful stills aren’t just for show, of course, and just days after this visit they would fire up for the very first time in their new home.
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Step inside the distillery and pass over this seal, marking the distillery's founding in 2005. They were the first craft distillery to open in Pennsylvania.
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The entrance also has a shop and bottle display. Their entire product line is available, including their flagship Bluecoat Gin, Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin, Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure, and The Bay Seasoned Vodka.
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Two beautiful copper pot stills from Scotland's Forsyths are fully on display while seated in front of the bar's massive glass windows. It makes for an awe-inspiring view while enjoying a cocktail.
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There's also a lounge area in the main bar. Relax on couches and sofas while looking at the equally eye-catching bottle display on the wall.
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The other side of the room showcases a vibrant mural displaying Bluecoat Gin. The name is an homage to Philadelphia's revolutionary history.
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A wide range of signature and classic cocktails incorporating their products can be ordered at the bar. The two most popular thus far include the Penn's Woods (left), with Bluecoat Gin, lemon, coriander, basil, dill, and club soda, and the Sparks Shot Tower (right) with Bluecoat Barrel Finished gin, beets, ginger, lemon and an Islay scotch rinse.
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The Library Co. is a useful cocktail for converting those who say they don't like gin. Made with Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin, the cocktail showcases a vermouth-forward flavor profile with orange and balsamic, with the cocktail poured over a large carved ice sphere.
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Barrels are on display inside the distillery's still house. The gin is aged for between three and nine months depending on barrel usage.
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A close look at a barrel showcases everything about the batch it contains. Specific cask information is also visible, including wood type, American oak, and char level, #3.
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From within the stillhouse, a view is available looking down and back to the bar, and here, its mural. This is the new still which has been installed at this location and is the larger of the two.