How To Celebrate Philly Craft Spirits Week, October 26-November 3

Look forward to block parties, dessert and whiskey pairings, make-your-own-gin sessions and more...

After making a popular debut last year, Philly Craft Spirits Week returns October 26 to November 3 for its second annual celebration of area distillers.

For nine straight days, events of all kinds are set to unfold, ranging from block parties to food pairing collaborations to cocktail competitions and more.

Fast Facts

  • Philly Craft Spirits Week runs October 26 to November 3.
  • The fest features 11 local distilleries and four-plus events each day.
  • Most events are casual and pay as you go.

Showcasing the city’s continuously growing distillery scene, Philly Craft Spirits Week will bring together more than 11 local distilleries. Participating distillers include newcomers New Liberty Distillery, Bluebird Distilling and Manatawny Still Works as well as staples on the scene like Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and Bluecoat American Dry Gin.

Get ready to swirl, sip and savor some of the area’s best spirits – and perhaps even partake in the fun of crafting your own!

Event Highlights

Dozens of events will unfold at locations citywide throughout Philly Craft Spirits Week.

The biggest celebration is Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival (October 26), held at the Lincoln Financial Field and featuring over 200 premium spirit options.

There are plenty of other sampling opportunities in store, too. These include a Bluebird dessert and whiskey pairing at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse Hotel (October 27), where a trio of whiskeys await along with treats including a milk chocolate ginger tart and a lemon mousse, and a block party at Federal Distilling’s Stateside Urbancraft Distillery (October 28), entailing an afternoon of spirit tastings, food truck eats and live music outside of the Kensington distillery.

People at New Liberty Distilling in Philadelphia
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
More than 10 local and regional distilleries will be featured during Philly Craft Spirits Week, including New Liberty Distilling (shown).

Be sure to also mark your calendar for the Philadelphia Craft Spirits Week cocktail competition (October 29), pitting bartenders from across the city in a Chopped-style showdown.

And for those looking to drink in costume, look forward to several Halloween-themed celebrations, including Spirits of Halloween at The Franklin Institute (October 31) featuring Philadelphia Distilling and the official Philadelphia Craft Spirits Week Halloween Party (October 31) at Franky Bradley’s.

Bar takeovers featuring area distilleries will also unfold throughout the city at spots including McNally’s Tavern (October 27), Root (October 28), Silk City (October 29), Time (October 31) and more.

For all of the Philly Craft Spirits Week events and details, click here.

Want more overall background on Philly’s local distillery scene? Check out our Craft Distilleries and Spirits Trail over on


Philly Craft Spirits Week

When:October 26-November 3
Where:Locations citywide, including Federal Distilling's Stateside Urbancraft Vodka
Cost:Cost varies per event



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