Bellying up to our bar, and your ears, are some of the best in the business. Get to know a few of the amazing people who help make their respective industries all that they can be. Every moment with them feels like happy hour, and you’re invited.

Desiganted Drinker :: Andrew Auwerda, President & Co-Founder Philadelphia Distilling

Andrew Auwerda :: President & Co-Founder :: Philadelphia Distilling

 A quick train trip to Philly followed by short taxi ride to Philadelphia Distilling afforded us the privilege to spend our day chatting with Andrew Auwerda while sipping his delicious gins. Now that’s what we call “winning.”

 Since 2004, Andrew has been instrumental in building this award-winning line-up of American made beauties. From his commitment to producing only the highest quality spirits, to the stunning packaging in comes in, to overseeing the construction of their new (and quite impressive) distillery, Andrew’s dedication is reflected in each bottle of Bluecoat Gin they produce.

 To say we are in love with Andrew--we mean, Bluecoat Gin--is an understatement.

Designated Drinker :: Rob Cassell, Master Distiller & Founder of New Liberty Distillery

Rob Cassell :: Master Distiller & Founder :: New Liberty Distillery

trail•blaz•er /ˈtrālˌblāzər/

  • a person who blazes a trail for others to follow through unsettled country or wilderness; pathfinder.

In 2004, Rob started his distilling career in Philadelphia as the first craft distiller in the state of Pennsylvania since Prohibition. When he applied for a distillery license, PA Liquor Control Board officials had to create an application form for him, because none existed. So it seems, bearing the cross of trailblazer was Rob’s destiny.

Now as he starts a new exciting venture, New Liberty Distillery, he sits fireside and tips a few cocktails with us at The Bellevue Hotel’s exclusive bar, XIX Nineteen, the birth place of the Clover Club cocktail. We just can’t wait to get our hands on some of the new stuff he’s whipping these days.