Get Spirited: Local Philadelphia Craft Distilleries

Born on the heels of the craft beer boom, the local craft spirits scene is alive and well. With distilleries that infuse flavors like carrot and beet into their spirits or use special strains of yeast for their whiskey, the Philly area delivers on quality spirits. Whether you’re looking to take a tour or pick up a bottle from the source, here’s a rundown of stellar craft distilleries.

Bluebird Distilling

PHOENIXVILLE

100 Bridge St.

Taste the nine spirits on the Bluebird roster, including white rye whiskey, gin, wheat whiskey, and more, at their on-site tasting room—where bartenders mix hand-crafted cocktails in both housemade concoctions and standard favorites. Pick up a bottle for yourself to try at home.

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Boardroom Spirits

LANSDALE

575 W. 3rd St.

With nods to the founders’ Armenian and Hungarian heritage, these locally sourced, small-batch libations are distilled from fermented fruits and vegetables like carrots, beets, and apples. Boardroom Spirits also offers classics like vodka, rum, gin, and triple sec. Visitors can book a distillery tour online or stop by the tasting room for some sips.

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Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey

BRISTOL

925 Canal St., Bldg #4, Door 16

This is where you can get actual Pennsylvania rye whiskey that was distilled in Pennsylvania. Their rye is locally sourced from in-state farmers and suppliers while their recipe models the Pennsylvania rye tradition of the 18th century. Tour the facilities on Saturdays to taste their classic rye, white rye, and more.

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Federal Distilling

KENSINGTON

1700 N. Hancock St.

Known for their Philly-made Stateside Vodka, this distillery also features a full-service cocktail lounge—Federal Distilling Room—serving custom cocktails made with their vodka. Food options include bites like pierogies, meat and cheese boards, and more. Distillery tours are available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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Five Saints Distilling

NORRISTOWN

129 E. Main St.

Located in a former firehouse, Five Saints produces small batch vodka, white whiskey, gin (infused with juniper berries and blended with rosemary, citrus, chamomile, eucalyptus, and Italian herbs), and blood orange liqueur. Stop by for one of three tours, held weekly on Saturdays, to get a sampling of the spirits.

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Manatawny Still Works

POTTSTOWN

320 Circle of Progress Dr., Suite 104

The area where the distillery now sits was originally named Man’en’tau’wata’wik by the Lenape, meaning “the place we meet to drink.” The name still rings true. Tours are held on weekends, where visitors can get a front-row seat into the distillation process of whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, and more.

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New Liberty Distillery

OLDE KENSINGTON

1431 Cadwallader St.

Much like Dad’s Hat, New Liberty is looking to bring Pennsylvania rye back to Pennsylvania. In addition to other whiskeys, like malt and bourbon, they also offer white rum, rye vodka, and more, which you can try in their bar and tasting room.

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Philadelphia Distilling

FISHTOWN

25 E. Allen St.

Famous for producing Bluecoat Gin, Philadelphia Distilling is also responsible for Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure, The Bay Vodka, and Penn 1681 Vodka. Their facilities feature a bar that serves craft cocktails featuring their spirits, a tasting room, and a distillery available for tours Thursdays through Sundays.

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Red Brick Craft Distillery

KENSINGTON

2628 Martha St.

The makers of the popular From the Woods Black Birch, inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch birch beer, also offer a number of other unique spirits, like a pineapple rum and their signature single malt American whiskey. Take a tour or grab a seat in the tasting room on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Rowhouse Spirits

KENSINGTON

2440 Frankford Ave.

Branded as a “tiny artisan distillery,” this is where you can find Poitín (white whisky fermented with beer yeast), DEMON Rum (made from molasses and panela and fermented with a strain of yeast from Spain), and more. Tastings and tours are offered Thursdays through Saturdays.

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