The distillery opened in October of 2005. It is the first craft distillery to open in Pennsylvania since before Prohibition. The Founding Fathers; Andrew Auwerda, Timothy Yarnall and Robert Cassell have a strong belief that spirit drinkers appreciate high quality American crafted spirits. The company intends to educate the public through it's historically based brands while delivering the finest handcrafted spirits for your cocktails. Beginning with Bluecoat American Dry Gin in 2006, Philadelphia Distilling has added Penn 1681 Rye Vodka in 2008, Vieux Carre Absinthe Superieure in 2009 and now XXX SHINE White Whiskey in 2011.
The distillery has received numerous awards including the coveted "BEST GIN" & "DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL" from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition along with critical acclaim in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Oprah Magazine and GQ Magazine to name a few. The spirits can now be found from Hawaii to Italy and most places in between. Handcrafted Small Batch Premium American Spirits.