Once again, it's time to update the Racked 38, our list of Philadelphia's most essential stores.
Steven Grasse is a bit of living legend here at DIA. We told you all about his latest venture, Art in the Age, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg with Grasse.
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Philadelphia-based Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction isn't your typical spirits company. We mean this in two ways: 1) they don't make typical spirits, and 2) they operate differently and produce more kinds of products than any other liquor company we can think of. In addition to their four signature, organic spirits -- Root, Rhubarb, Sage and Snap -- Art in the Age also makes apparel, tote bags, preserves, soaps, stationery and quilts.
Borrowing its name from and essay written in 1936, by German philosopher, literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin, "Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction", this is an aesthetically pleasing store located in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. Benjamin explored the implication, impact and effects of the modern age on works of art in particular. He wrote about the loss of the "aura"— the originality and authenticity of a work of art—through the mechanical reproduction.
Now that Thom and I are adults who no longer blow through bottles of hard liquor, we keep the booze cupboard (is it a cupboard if it has no doors?) stocked with the good stuff. Not necessarily the overpriced, top-shelf “good stuff” – but the organic, made with wholesome ingredients good stuff; the kind of stuff you could sip on all day because it’s so smooth and delicious and not completely terrible for you. The kind of stuff you hide from your friends because they’ve all got mile high tolerances and SERIOUSLY GUYS WHERE’D YOU FIND THAT VODKA?