In the past, visiting Philadelphia Distilling — the first craft distillery to open in Pennsylvania since Prohibition — meant a drive or bus ride deep into northeast Philadelphia, where the distiller’s “warehouse-turned-lab” was located.
But now, the distillers of Bluecoat American Dry Gin and other popular spirits have moved to a 15,000-square-foot distillery in the Fishtown neighborhood in Philly. The new location includes a brand-new distillery, a bar, a lounge and more, with a tasting room, an event space and patio to come.
Read on for all the details.
- Philadelphia Distilling’s brand-new facility is now open in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
- The distillery offers tours and tastings four days a week, from Thursday through Sunday.
- Cocktails, beer and wine as well as snacks are available at the bar.
Philadelphia Distilling is located in a 15,000-square-foot space inside the former Ajax Metal Company building in Fishtown.
If that name sounds familiar, that’s because the distillery is in the same complex as The Fillmore Philadelphia and Revolutions at Penn Treaty, is located right across the street from Punch Line Philly and is within a short walk of Yards Brewing Company, SugarHouse Casino and many of the great bars and restaurants on Frankford Avenue.
The distillery’s industrial decor, vaulted ceilings and large windows make for a special location for a drink.
Sidle up to the marble bar and order up delicious cocktails made with house spirits. How about a Sparks Shot Tower, made with Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin, red beets, ginger, lemon and Islay rinse? Or a Penn’s Woods, made with Bluecoat American Dry Gin, dill, basil, coriander, lemon and club soda?
Beer and wine are also available, and though there is no restaurant, there will be snacks for purchase.
Tours, which last 75 minutes and start at $15, include a full tasting of the distillery’s products and give an in-depth look at the history of the distillery and the process of making its liquors. Those who just stop by for drinks can still admire the distilling equipment, prominently displayed behind glass windows behind the bar.
There’s lots more to come at the facility. Look forward to a patio to enjoy during warm weather, an event space with stellar views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, a tasting room, a retail store and more. Plus, the distillery will soon make the foray into producing whiskey.
Visiting Philadelphia Distilling
Philadelphia Distilling’s new facility is open to the public for tours and tastings from Thursday through Sunday. Book a tour here.
Philadelphia Distilling is just one of a number of craft distilleries in the area. Check out The Craft Spirits and Distilleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia for a guide and an interactive map to the distilleries in the region, including many in the Fishtown and Kensington neighborhoods near Philadelphia Distilling.
Cheers to this new addition to the city’s distillery scene!