In just the past few years, craft distilling has boomed in the Philadelphia region, helping to restore Pennsylvania to its once-prominent place in the national distilling conversation.
In 2011, Pennsylvania’s government passed reforms that allowed distillers to offer tours, samples and sales on-site. These new laws opened up the craft to local distillers who now proudly produce and sell small-batch spirits from Philadelphia.
A pioneer on the local craft-spirits scene, master distiller Robert Cassell was a founder of Philadelphia Distilling and creator of Bluecoat Gin, Shine Corn Whiskey, Vieux Carré Absinthe and Penn 1681 Vodka.
More recently, Cassell set his sights — and his still — on producing Pennsylvania whiskey, all made from local grains and produced on his own custom-designed stills.
Alongside a team of spirits experts under the Millstone Spirits Group, Cassell launched New Liberty Distillery and its line of Kinsey Whiskey.
The locally made Kinsey Whiskey, Kinsey Rye and Kinsey Bourbon Whiskey can be found behind bars at a number of establishments in the Philadelphia area, but now the public can go straight to the source with just-launched tours of the Kensington distillery.
Located just behind Crane Arts in a three-story building adjacent to the Kensington arts center (that was once a stable for delivery vehicles and draft horses), New Liberty Distillery now hosts tours and tastings every Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Craft-spirit lovers can opt for tours ranging from $10 to $20, which all include whiskey samples and a guided visit to the first floor whiskey-making areas, the second floor rick house and the third floor bar and tasting room.
The basic tour ($10) includes the tour plus three samples, and additional glassware and premium samples are added on for each of the other two tour levels ($15 or $20). Check right here for complete details on what each option includes.
Saturday tours can now be reserved online. For additional tasting room opportunities and private events, call the distillery at 800-996-0595 to check availability.
Trust us, this is one spirited conversation not to be missed.
New Liberty Distillery Tours & Tastings