Tour Lancaster’s oldest distillery, housed in a historical tobacco warehouse, and then sample its award-winning whiskey, gin and vodka
What You'll Get
- Age restriction: Guests under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and are welcome to participate in the tour, but not the tasting.
The tour takes place at 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00 p.m. each Saturday and at 1:00 each Sunday. Reservations are not required for tours and participants can redeem for any of the four time slots. The tour and tasting typically takes just under an hour. Cocktails are available at the bar, and guests are welcome to arrive early.
The Fine Print
About Thistle Finch Distilling
As Lancaster County's only operating distillery—and indeed its first since Prohibition—Thistle Finch Distilling has a lot expectations and assumptions to deal with. Thankfully, it seems more than up to the task, considering it's already been included in a New York Times tour of Amish Country's high-end farm-to-table renaissance.
The flagship spirit is the unaged white rye whiskey, made from rye, wheat, and malted barley grown in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. With sweet and spicy flavors, it's full of American-style character. The small-batch distillery has also introduced Market Alley gin, accented with citrus and other locally sourced flavors, and Penn Square vodka, which is filtered multiple times over.
Although it's housed in a turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the facility's star is a shining copper still built in 2013. But the rest of the distillery is certainly eye-catching, too. Wooden barrels rest against rough-hewn stone walls, a stunningly architectural staircase leads upstairs, and exposed brick surrounds the industrial bar, which plays host to tastings for guests and tour-goers.
There's no shortage of personal touches here. Employees and friends of the distillers apply labels and inscribe bottling dates by hand on each individual bottle. Meanwhile, the bartenders not only pour classic cocktails but also constantly create inventive libations, often based around housemade infusions. The rye whiskey has been infused with everything from habaneros to black coffee to plums to peppercorns.