Eleven Philadelphia-area craft distilleries have partnered with Philadelphia magazine and Foobooz to organize Philly Craft Spirits Week, which will celebrate the nearly 50 locally-produced premium spirits products produced in and around Philadelphia since craft distilling resumed in 2011 after being abolished by Prohibition on January 17, 1920. The festivities commence at Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival at the Garces Events catering venue at 801 Market Street on Thursday, October 27th, and will include a variety of on-premise specials, features, tastings, dinners and pairings throughout the region until November 4th.
The festivities begin with an industry tasting and panel discussion focusing on education for area servers, bartenders, and restaurant and bar managers and owners at Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival at 4 p.m., which will feature Philadelphia magazine food and drink reporters and editors, as well as representatives from all of the 11 local participating distilleries.
Participating distillers include Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey (Bristol); Bluecoat American Dry Gin (Philadelphia); New Liberty Distillery (Kensington); Manatawny Still Works (Pottstown); Bluebird Distilling (Phoenixville); Rowhouse Spirits Distillery (Kensington); Five Saints Distilling (Norristown); Cooper River Distillers (Camden); Stateside Urbancraft Vodka (Kensington); and Palmer Distilling Co. (Manayunk).
PCSW will be taking place throughout the week with multiple events being held in various parts of the city, including a cocktail competition at Heritage, located at 916 N. 2nd Street in Northern Liberties on October 30th for professional bartenders and mixologists, and a closing event at Martha, located at 2113 York Street in Kensington on November 4th. The participating distillers will man tasting tables, consult on menu pairings, partner with mixologists on cocktail creations and provide education at various bars and restaurants throughout the city during the week. A full list of events will be posted on the PCSW website: phillycraftspiritsweek.com.
“Philadelphia magazine and Foobooz have played a significant role in helping us bring this concept to life, and we are determined to make it an annual event,” said Dad’s Hat Rye co-founder John Cooper, who has assisted with organizing the weeklong experience. “We’ve witnessed incredible growth in the craft spirits segment nationally and locally since our inception in 2011, and it has become clear to us that education and tasting opportunities like the events that will be generated from this initiative will positively affect every craft distillery in the region. We’re certain that as the buzz ramps up on this, area bars and restaurants that focus on craft spirits will attract more and more customers who are interested in enjoying these products,” added Dean Browne of Rowhouse Spirits.
Following the 4 p.m. industry event, the Whiskey Fest doors will open for VIP Tasting ticket holders from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Grand Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. The event wraps up at 9 p.m.
Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival offers participants the opportunity to learn about and sample 200-plus premium distilled spirits including whiskey, scotch, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, cordials and handcrafted cocktails. The layout of the festival includes several lounge areas where visitors can socialize and enjoy entertainment as they sip, savor and socialize. In addition to the festival’s broad selection of quality beverages to taste and purchase, some of Philadelphia’s premier restaurants will provide samples of their cuisine.
For more information on Philly Craft Spirits Week, visit phillycraftspiritsweek.com. To purchase tickets to Whiskey Fest, visit phillymag.com/whiskeyfest. Follow PCSW on Instagram and Twitter @PHLSpiritsWeek.