Philadelphia is already a well-established wonderland for craft beer nerds, with our hundreds of well-stocked neighborhood taverns, summer beer gardens, and annual Beer Week. Less publicized is our growing artisanal spirits scene, emerging right before our eyes in Fishtown and Kensington, two rapidly up-and-coming neighborhoods just over a mile from the Tour Hub. Here are some of our top recommendations.
1. Different Drum Rum at La Colombe Fishtown
A short walk from the Girard Avenue station on the Market Frankford Line, and just up the block from some of the city’s best known bars, this headquarters location of Philly’s own coffee roasters is also their liquor laboratory. Come in for tasting shots or cocktails made from their “rum for the bourbon drinker.”
Where: 1335 Frankford Avenue
2. Rowhouse Spirits
Farther up Frankford Avenue in a mural-covered warehouse is Rowhouse Spirits, makers of a white whiskey, gin, and a deliciously complex herbal liqueur called Bear Trap. No formal tours are offered, but tasting hours are listed on their website.
Where: 2440 Frankford Avenue
3) New Liberty Distillery
Housed in a beautifully restored stable building, this brand new kid on the block is reviving Kinsey Whiskey, a formerly famous Pennsylvania recipe, as well as concocting brand new small batch spirits to be sold only on site. Tours offered weekly.
Where: 1431 N. Cadwallader Street
4) Coming soon: Philadelphia Distilling
Makers of the much-loved and now-widely-distributed Bluecoat Gin (among other excellent spirits), this homegrown operation is preparing a major expansion from its distant Northeast Philadelphia facility into a visitor-friendly tasting room, restaurant, and bar in Fishtown. Opening sometime soon, this easy-to-reach destination will share space in a converted factory with a Fillmore concert venue where Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue hits the Delaware River waterfront at Sugarhouse Casino.