Even though Philadelphia Craft Spirits Week doesn’t start until October 26th this year, a few lucky Philly residents have gotten to experience the magic a little early.
CBS Philly reports how certain people have been given a special preview of what’s to come during Spirits Week, with a party held on Thursday at Philadelphia Distilling in Fishtown. Spirits Week chairman Jason Sheehan was in attendance, serving up some quality liquor and a good time.
“Just some incredible barrel aged whiskeys, we’ve got an Aquavit that they’re pouring, we’ve got locally made Amaros, we’ve got a gin that is as good as any national brand out there.”
According to him, Spirits Week may even surpass the initial planned week this year, too. “A week or ten days worth of events at local bars around town, one neighborhood each night, where we’re going to showcase local Philadelphia spirits.”
Despite being the first of its kind and over two months before the actual event, the Spirits Week party was a grand affair in its own right. Many representatives from major breweries and distilleries were there, including Red Brick Craft Distillery, Palmer Distilling, Philadelphia Distilling, Manatawny Still Works, Dad’s Hat, Federal Distilling, Rowhouse Spirits, Bluebird Distilling, and New Liberty Distillery. There were also bottle raffles and an onsite bar and kitchen where attendees could purchase additional food and drink to go with their samples.
When talking about the variety of liquor and spirits on display at the party, Sheehan added, “We’ve got a lot of great distillers in this town now. They’re putting out some incredible products. The people of Philadelphia know these guys and we want to get them all together in one place and showcase what we’re capable of doing.”
This is likely not the last preview party there will be in the weeks leading up, either. If you missed your chance this time and are hoping for another shot at some pre-game fun, be on the look out for other events in the near future by following the Spirits Week Facebook page.