The Craft Distilleries & Spirits Trail of Greater Philadelphia
See why small-batch distilling is booming in the region
In just a couple of years, the number of craft distilleries in the Philadelphia region has increased by more than a dozen, helping to restore Pennsylvania to its once-prominent place in the national distilling conversation.
Until Prohibition wiped out the state’s industry, Pennsylvania housed the country’s densest cluster of homespun and commercial whiskey producers, beginning with some of the country’s earliest settlers.
In 2011, Pennsylvania’s government passed reforms that allowed distillers to offer tours, samples and onsite sales. These new laws opened up the craft to would-be distillers who now proudly produce and sell small-batch spirits in Philadelphia.
In a sign of the industry’s maturation, Philadelphia Distilling, the first distillery to open in Pennsylvania since Prohibition, recently moved into much larger headquarters in Fishtown, adding a full-scale bar in the process.
Read on for a look at some of the region’s distilling pioneers.
Note: Schedules do change, so check online or call in advance to ensure the distillery is open the day you plan to attend.
New Liberty Distillery
Naoj & Mot
Mountain Laurel Spirits
Manatawny Still Works
Five Saints Distilling and International Spirits
Boardroom Spirits Distillery
Cooper River Distillers
Midnight Madness Distilling