Reading Distilling Guild came to life through conversations between friends, sharing cocktails and good times. Our mission is to produce high quality, hand crafted spirits that embody the character and culture of historic Reading, PA. Join us and raise your spirits - Good Times.
How it all began ...
Reading Distilling Guild came to life through conversations between friends, sharing cocktails and good times. It was about four years ago that we began our research into opening a distillery in Reading and in 2016, Reading Distilling Guild LLC. was formed by Reading native, Christopher Flowers. Once the physical space for the distillery was determined, the application process began. While the applications were in processing with Local, State and Federal offices, time was spent working on the logo, bottle selection, and so much more! It took about 9 months from date of application until the necessary license and permits to manufacture and distribute spirits were received in July 2017.
Go Time ...
With the licenses in place, we were able to finally begin distilling. Reading Rum is made from scratch, beginning with molasses, water and yeast; our alcohol is not sourced, it is all made 100% in Downtown Reading, start to finish. It takes about fifteen days to complete a full batch of rum - this includes the fermentation process, distillation, and bottling. The current offering includes, White Rum, Spiced Rum and Vodka, and seasonal offerings: Rumkin Pumpkin, and Christmas Rum.
In 2018 Reading Distilling Guild White Rum was awarded a bronze medal by the American Craft Spirits Association. RDG's spirits are available at local PA Fine Wine & Spirits Shops.
In the Fall of 2018 we released a limited edition, small batch Rumkin Pumpkin Spiced Rum, with all the flavors of Fall. At the end of 2018 we introduced Reading Distilling Guild Vodka. The vodka is manufactured with a sugarcane base producing a smooth taste with the slightest hint of sweetness at the end.
A tasting room, event space, and retail shop are located at 503 Penn Street in Downtown Reading! The location is within walking distance to the Doubletree Hilton, Santander Arena, Ugly Oyster, Judy's, Peanut Bar and more!