At Philadelphia Distilling, our team combines age-old craftsmanship with evolving modern techniques to create a unique portfolio of premium spirits that rely on the agricultural integrity of authentically sourced 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 for us—both in their construction value as well as the integrity of spirits they help us to produce. After celebrating our first decade by moving into a new showcase distillery, we continue our batch-by-batch process, turning out spirits that celebrate big, bold American flavor.

Our Timeline

1. December, 2005

Philadelphia Distilling is the first craft distillery to open in the state of Pennsylvania since Prohibition.

2. May, 2006

Bluecoat America Dry Gin is launched.

3. March, 2007

Bluecoat rolls out internationally including countries like Italy, France, and Spain.

4. October, 2008

Penn 1681 Vodka is launched.

5. December, 2008

Vieux Carré is launched.

6. March, 2009

Bluecoat American Dry Gin wins its first double gold medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for “BEST GIN”.

7. March, 2010

Bluecoat American Dry Gin wins the double gold medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

8. March, 2013

THE BAY Seasoned Vodka is launched.

9. March, 2013

Bluecoat American Dry Gin wins the double gold medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

10. November, 2014

Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin is launched.

11. July, 2016

The new 2500L Forsyths hand hammered copper pot still arrives from Scotland.

12. December, 2016

Released 1st limited malt whiskey in collaboration with Yards Brewing Co.

13. February, 2017

New Distillery in Fishtown is officially opened.

We are proud to be part of our hometown’s great industrial past by setting up shop in what was once the Ajax Metal Company, smelters and founders from the late 1800’s to the mid 1940’s. Abandoned decades ago, it took us a year to prepare the 13,000 square foot warehouse for its new creative life as home to Philadelphia Distilling production facilities as well as offices, tasting room, bar, and retail store.

  • Wooden fermentation vessels from Hall-Woolford
  • Enjoy a cocktail featuring one of our premium spirits at the bar.