What is Art in the Age (of Mechanical Reproduction) all about? Well, they are a brick and mortar shop located in the heart of Olde City, at 116 North 3rd Street, that specializes in being a distillery for their spirit line, a clothing shop, and a small gallery. The inside of the shop is curated to resemble a museum. For First Friday events in Olde City, the shop does have rotating exhibitions and collaborations that feature their spirits.
Thier distillery produces a line of 4 spirits called ROOT, SNAP, RHUBARB, and SAGE. Each one is based on a recipe from early Pennsylvania settlements and is as close as possible to the original recipes, including using organic ingredients. These spirits are pre-prohibition and all 80 proof.
-1700s called “Root Tea”
-Made with Sassafras, Sarsaparilla, Birch Bark, Wild Roots, and Herbs
-Root Beer is a non-alcoholic descendant of this beverage
-German Ginger Snap aka “Lebkuchen”
-Invented by German monks in the 12th century
-American in the 1600s in the Pennsylvania Dutch (really German)
-A Ben Franklin favorite, originally from China
-Made with Beets, Carrots, Lemons, Petitgrain, Cardamom, Pure Cane Sugar, and Rhubarb
-80 proof! That is delicious.
-Gardin Gin based on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello gardens
-Made with Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Fennel and Sage
-The goal is to make craft cocktails inspired by a simpler time
The Art in the Age team is fantastic about sharing recipes that feature the four spirits. Their website has tons of ideas!
If you have not seen the shop, or tried any of these spirits- you must. They are rich in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia history – keeping the brotherly love of Philadelphia on the tip of our tongues.