After a decade of solitary work in our original warehouse turned lab, we’ve put our process on display in our new distillery, where you can watch the spirits being made and sample the revolutionary results.
Bluecoat Gin Distillation Process
We start with a high proof neutral grain spirit Macerated with organic botanicals
Spirit is boiled to a vapor and condensed back into a liquid
Then travels through the spirit safe into our receiving tanks
Blended down to a 94 proof spirit
Sent to our bottling line
Crafted into Revolutionary cocktail
Hard work, high standards, and the people who make it happen.
Hometown: Philadelphia by way of Hatfield, PA, home of the “Smiling Porker™.”
I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Biochemistry, thinking I was going to spend my life by researching viruses. I tried working in academia, spending a few years as a lab tech at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. However, my interests were turning more and more towards making beer. When my life’s path brought me to Salt Lake City, I decided to change careers and try to get a job at a brewery. I worked as the Lead Cellarman at Epic Brewing for 3 years, managing the barrel program. Eventually Philly called me home. When the opportunity to work with Philadelphia Distilling arose, I jumped. Since then I’ve been cranking out gin, developing new spirits, and growing our barrel program.
Pastimes other than distilling: Cooking, reading comics, playing board games, drinking beer, catching Pokémon and too much TV.
Favorite historical site in Philadelphia: Bartram’s Gardens, the 45-acre National Historic Landmark that shares its namesake with the bitters we make.
Favorite hangout: Kensington Quarters, a great butcher shop, bar, and restaurant in the Fishtown neighborhood that always has interesting cocktails and beers on their menu and keeps my grill full of meat.
Hometown: Philadelphia by way of Bensalem in Bucks County Pa
I’m a 36-yr old hardworking, blue-collar American man who started my career as an electrician. Growing up with a passion for skateboarding ultimately led me to drink malty alcoholic beverages. A long time friend was a brewer, so when the skate session was over we would go sample some of his beers and, oh boy, were they delicious. After learning how to brew from him, another one of my buddies (who had a still on a farm) taught me the process and the science behind making hooch. Growing up skateboarding you see architecture in a different light, which helps your mind become more creative, and I took that ability to the world of spirits, mixing the ingredients in an artistic way. Then I got hooked on the idea of making concoctions to share with my friends. So naturally I wondered: How can I make this a fulltime job instead of grinding it out in the trenches as an electrician? But after a year of sending out resumes, I gave up on my dream. Then one day, through a close friend, I learned Bluecoat needed another member of the team, and that’s when yours truly launched his dreams of becoming a distiller. Now, I get to live it fulltime and still run my own electrical company.
Pastimes other than distilling: Skateboarding, motorcycles, camping, shooting darts
Favorite historical site in Philadelphia: Callowhill and New Market Streets, where the old John F. Betz brewery once was. It’s the birthplace of the first ever porter made in America, and the place where our founding fathers of the country guzzled by the pint as they wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Favorite hangout: Tattooed Moms, an old school skateboard bar in the city where no rules apply to the nightlife atmosphere.
Hometown: Philadelphia by way of Burlington, NJ, the coat capital of the world.
I went to community college, but hated it, so took a few years off to work. However, there was nothing there for me, so I went back to community college, and eventually graduated from Temple, studying audio production. After graduation, I worked in an office for two years being an administrative assistant and still don’t know how I did it. Then after a variety of odd jobs, I ended up splitting my time between an AV job and helping out at local breweries. From there, I came to join the other distillers at Philadelphia Distilling—and while the change has been different, it’s really most excellent. I’m loving it.
Pastimes other than distilling: Nerd stuff, like hiking, camping, snowboarding, traveling, making/drinking beer, and anything that’s dope AF
Favorite historical site in Philadelphia: The Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities, that place is wackadoo.
Favorite hangout: Barcade, because the vintage video games goes perfectly with the dweeb I am. Also, Penn Treaty Park: It’s been my playground since I left home and lost a yard of my own to play in.