The state of Pennsylvania has been a blue state for the last four Presidential elections dating back to 2004. The folks at Philadelphia Distillery may or may not tell you if they are voting red or blue this year but they are happy to tell you that their Bluecoat American Dry Gin is now the official gin of the 2016 Democratic National Convention taking place in Philadelphia July 25th through 28th.
“As a proud local company with a global presence, we look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion in Philadelphia’s history as the world looks on,” says Andrew Auwerda, President and Co-Founder of Philadelphia Distilling.
Revolutionary at the Time
A craft distillery inside a big city like Philadelphia may not sound like a big deal today but when Philadelphia Distillery opened its doors in 2005, it was pretty revolutionary at the time. Philadelphia Distillery was the first legal distillery to open in Pennsylvania since before Prohibition. In 2005 it was one of only about 50 operating distilleries in the U.S. In the last 10 years, that number has skyrocketed to nearly 1,000 operating distilleries.
Drink-Cision 2016: Cast a Vote for Your Favorite Drink
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In celebration of the convention Philadelphia Distilling will be launching Drink-Cision, an interactive cocktail campaign. The official nominees for this year’s contest include the classic “Martini” made with Bluecoat American Dry Gin vs. the “Martinez” made with Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin. (Recipes for both are included below.) The two will go head-to-head via online polls, where fans can cast their vote via the Bluecoat Distillery Facebook page here. The Drink-Cision polls open July 14th and the nominee with the most votes will be announced on the evening of July 28th at The Franklin Bar in Philadelphia at 10pm. Guests at the bar that evening will enjoy the victorious nominee cocktail compliments of Philadelphia Distilling.
The Democratic National Convention will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. An expected 50,000 visitors will be coming to Philadelphia for the convention, including members of the Democratic National Committee, press, and spectators. Local businesses and committees throughout the city have been working together to provide participants with a full list of events to introduce the Philadelphian culture to its visitors.
We’ll share distillery and cocktail news about the 2016 Republican National Convention scheduled for July 18th through 21st as it becomes available. If you have news about the convention, please send it here.
The Bluecoat Signature Martini
- 3 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin
- 1 oz. Dry Vermouth
- Orange twist
- Shake over ice and serve up with an orange twist
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Martinez
- 2 oz. Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
- 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- ¼ oz. Luxardo
- 2 dashes bitters
- Add the ingredients to an ice filled mixing glass and stir until chilled. Pour into glass and garnish with an expressed orange twist.