For over three centuries, diverse people from all over the world have collaborated to see William Penn’s grand experiment come to life, a free-thinking metropolis where anything is possible because it already was.
Our city is the birthplace of most of the things we as Americans now take for granted: electricity, democracy, the spirit of America and American spirits.
If we didn’t invent it, we strove to better it.
We didn’t invent spirits and we didn’t invent Liberty, but we’re making them New.
At one time, more whiskey was produced in Pennsylvania than in Kentucky, and rye was the most popular whiskey in the United States. Rye whiskey is spicier, leaner, and more assertive than the rounder, sweeter bourbon or the lighter Canadian whisky. Rye’s taste inspired the creation of some of the most admired cocktails in mixology, such as the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned. Ten years ago, only a small handful of rye whiskeys existed, but thanks to a growing interest in unique and historical whiskeys, bartenders and curious drinkers are increasingly seeking out the lost flavor of rye.
Through our Heritage Collection, we at New Liberty Distillery are reinterpreting some of the brands that made Pennsylvania famous. We also are creating our own whiskey that will draw on local ingredients and display the skills of our master distiller, Robert Cassell. While we will distill many other great craft whiskeys, such as malt and bourbon, our passion will always be in making Pennsylvania rye whiskey once again world famous.
New Liberty Distillery is located in a vibrant north Philadelphia neighborhood, just minutes from Center City. Our building once served as a stable, and much of its architecture, including the horse stalls, have been preserved. The building now provides a home to our custom-made still, as well as the rick house where we barrel age our whiskey.
In addition to the working distillery, we also feature a beautiful bar and tasting room where you can sample our whiskey and enjoy craft cocktails. Our Heritage Collection and New Liberty whiskeys, spirits-related gifts, and other locally sourced products can be purchased in our retail space.