Brewery aficionados rejoice, we've got five local distilleries that you should be visiting (and taste testing) this summer.
Nestled in North Philadelphia, New Liberty distillery is the place to go for specialty rye whiskey, rums, vodkas, and other whiskey blends. Aside from seeing Master Distiller Robert Cassell work his magic, starting in July, guests can now enjoy an expanded tasting room with longer hours, food pairings, and more. 1431 Cadwallader St., 267.928.4650
Go straight from their custom-designed vodka production facility to Federal Distilling Room, theit attached cocktail lounge, where guests can enjoy vodka that’s made with passion. Keep the vodka train (or uber) rolling all the way to Scarpetta for their vodka pizza, where Stateside vodka is a key ingredient. 1700 N. Hancock St., 215.425.4200.
Philadelphia Distilling got the booze ball rolling again in 2005 when they became the first craft distillery to open in Pennsylvania since prohibition. Take a look at the gin, absinthe, and vodka production processes (and grab a drink or two) at the new Fishtown facility. 25 E. Allen St., 215.671.0346
Master Distiller Dean Browne offers spectacular small batch gin and other herbal spirits, all in the name of sharing cultural importance and creating connections. The 96-proof-gin is recommended on the rocks with bitters. 2440 Frankford Ave., 267.825.7332
In the same area that the Lenape Indians called “The Place We Meet To Drink”, MSW will take you through the process of making multiple types of spirits. The distillery emphasizes the craft of the products, with award-winning whiskey in multiple categories. 1603 E. Passyunk Ave., 267.519.2917
Photography by: Courtesy of Neal Santos (Manatawny) and Michele Suits (Rowhouse Distillery)