Philadelphia, PA - Distilling is booming in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where booze-lovers can now enjoy small-batch spirits in quaint cocktail bars. Whether you're looking for a straight whiskey flight or a refreshing mixed drink, there are plenty of options in Philadelphia. Many local distilleries have live music and food trucks, and they even have tasting rooms. Here are some of the best places to visit while in town.
Philadelphia Whiskey Distilleries
New Liberty Distillery
The New Liberty distillery, which opened in Olde Kensington, offers a line of blended whiskies under the name "Kinsey" after an old distillery in the city. They also have a tasting room and educational programs, and you can even take a tour of the distillery while sipping a cocktail. 1431 Cadwallader St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
This distillery is located across from the Philadelphia Brewing Company, located in an old garage. Dean Browne, a former brewer, runs it. It makes small batches of gin, Irish moonshine, and other spirits under the Rowhouse label. If you're looking for an affordable way to experience some of the finest whiskey in the country, check out the Rowhouse Distillery. 4717 Stenton Ave. Philadelphia, PA, 19144
Stoll & Wolfe
This distillery was founded in 1753 in the former headquarters of Bomberger Distillery. Founded by brothers Bryan and Matt Quigley, Stoll & Wolfe is one of the state's largest whiskey producers. The spirits are made with citrus herbs and botanicals, which feature a history of the whiskey-making process. Free tours include free pretzels and sandwiches, while tasting tours are included in the tour fee. 35 N Cedar St Rear, Lititz, PA 17543
Manatawny Still Works
Founded in 2013, Manatawny Still Works is a craft distillery in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Featuring two Italian stills, the facility can seat 60 people in the main room and offers private event space. The distillery is dedicated to producing high-quality booze that tastes good on its own. The whiskey is aged in small batches, and the mash bill consists of 42% malt, 21% wheat, and 4% rye. The whiskey is then bottled at 94 proof and is available to residents in the state of Pennsylvania. 320 Circle of Progress Dr #104, Pottstown, PA 19464
Other Notable Whiskey Makers in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Whiskey industry is thriving in Philadelphia. While it was largely dormant during Prohibition, it is now a significant player in the whiskey-making scene in the city. The Philadelphia Distilling Company produces XX Shine Whiskey and Bluecoat Gin and has a beautiful tasting room in Fishtown. The location is a great place to visit, but make sure to check out the other whiskey makers, too.
Stateside Vodka is another popular liquor brand in the city. It was established by brothers Bryan and Matt Quigley and opened its first distillery in Kensington. Their 7x-distilled namesake vodka is sold at their store, where you can pick up a bottle or purchase it online. They also offer pick-up from local farmers' markets. Its newest branch, in Fishtown, is located across from PBC.
Before Prohibition, Philadelphia was the domestic distilling capital. But the 18th amendment destroyed nearly the entire industry. Today, craft distilling has made a comeback, and the region has a thriving whiskey industry. Most distilleries offer tastings and tours, and many offer bottles for sale.