Pennsylvania is not only known for producing award-winning brews and wines, but also expertly-crafted distilled spirits, many of which are made with the agriculture grown right here in the Keystone State. Explore one of these craft distilleries while enjoying scenic views of the Pennsylvania landscapes of which they’re made.
8 New Liberty Distillery
New Liberty Distillery is located in a vibrant north Philadelphia neighborhood, just minutes from Center City, in a building that once served as a stable. In addition to the working distillery, their site also features a beautiful bar and tasting room where you can sample New Liberty’s full slate of craft whiskeys, such as rye, malt and bourbon, and enjoy craft cocktails created by their in-house mixologist.
Focused on tradition and simplicity, this distillery may be new but roots itself in the past. Based out of Manayunk, Walter Palmer, founder and head distiller, produces the very patriotically named, citrus-y Liberty Gin, and Manayunk Moonshine, which sounds like the best worst idea in a while.Tours are offered every Saturday from noon to 5 PM, no reservation needed. During that time the tasting room is also open. And anytime you see a sign outside that says “free gin tasting,” head on in.
Pennsylvania Distilling Company is a craft spirits producer and marketer located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The company produces un-aged and aged whiskey, vodka, gin and rum and will release these products in Philadelphia metropolitan area gradually increasing to the entire State of Pennsylvania.
11 Philadelphia Distilling
Philadelphia Distilling combines age-old craftsmanship with evolving modern techniques to create a unique portfolio of premium spirits that rely on the agricultural integrity of authentically stheirced botanicals and the finest heritage equipment. Hand-hammered copper stills from the fifth-generation Forsyth family and wooden fermentation vessels from Hall-Woodford, an iconic Philadelphia-based family business using the building technique since 1854, are a key point of difference — both in their construction value as well as the integrity of spirits they help us to produce. After celebrating their first decade by moving into a new showcase distillery, Philadelphia Distilling continues their batch-by-batch process, turning out spirits that celebrate big, bold American flavor.
12 Red Brick Craft Distillery
Born from a Kickstarter campaign, Red Brick first got its feet on the ground in 2016. Now they produce multiple spirits and work very closely with their neighbor Martha (a bar with more than 50 local spirits). Grab a bottle of their single malt Red Brick Whiskey, Barrel Strength Red Brick Whiskey, or their Simple Shine, a sugar wash rum. The tasting room is open weekends between 1 and 6 PM.
Dean Browne, a longtime brewer at Philadelphia Brewing Company, is carving out a little space for himself across from the brewery in an old gas station and making very small batch spirits under the label Rowhouse Spirits. So far, he’s got a gin, poitin, an Irish moonshine, rum and several liqueurs. Try the Bear Trap, an herbal liqueur that could upend your after dinner Fernet habit. Feel free to head over any time during retail hours (noon to 6 PM Thursday through Saturday) and get a sampling.