Tequila or Whiskey? The Best Spirits in Berks County.

It seems Berks County has only two experts when it comes to the world of spirits. Today BerksLuxury.com is going to take a look at Shirley’s Tequila Bar in Temple, and The Whiskey Bar in West Reading. If your tastes skew towards refined whiskey or tequila we have you covered!


Shirley’s Tequila Bar 

1615 Duke Street, Laureldale PA 19605      www.shirleystequilabar.com

Shirley’s Tequila Bar is Berks County’s own tequila specialist. The restaurant is filled with tasty Mexican themed delights. We suggest you start with the Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms or the Tex Mex Caviar before moving onto the Shrimp Vera Cruz Cazuela or Shirley’s original Tex-Mex Filet Mignon.

As far as tequila goes you will not find a finer selection in all of Berks County.  For those of you who would like an adventure into finer tequilas I would recommend:

“Millionaire” Flight   $49  

Don Julio Real • Gran Patron Burdeos • Herrdura Selecion Suprema

“Sky’s the Limit” Flight    $20 

Casa Noble Extra Añejo 5 Year • Herradura Collecion de Casa Portwood • Clase Azul Reposado

“High Roller” Flight   $22   

Don Julio 1942 Añejo • Milagro Añejo Select Barrel • El Tesoro Paradiso Extra Añejo

The Whiskey Bar

624 Penn Ave. West Reading PA 19610     www.distilledwhiskey.com

Berks County’s other spirit specialized establishment is The Whiskey Bar on Penn Ave in West Reading. Specializing in America’s favorite and most distinguished dark spirit, The Whiskey Bar provides those adventurous enough to venture out on Friday and Saturday nights with access to a classy establishment with a great selection of whiskey!

BerksLuxury.com asked Ben Franco the visionary behind the establishment to make a few recommendations and he proposed:

WHISTLE PIG FLIGHT, $26 – Whistle Pig 10yr, Whistle Pig Farmstock, Whistle Pig Old World

“We bundle together some great flights that make sense having next to each other.  The first is offering from whistle pig out of Vermont these are all rye whiskey, the first is their signature rye and it is 100% rye at 10 years of age.. The Farmstock is there first triple where they grew some of the rye, the water used was from the farm and some of the barrels to age it were from there Forrest.  The last is aged in 3 types of spent barrels the first, its used Sauternes barrels from Bordeaux, the second is used port barrels from Portugal, and the third finish is Madeira finish again from an island off the coast of Portugal.  Very Unique and distinctive Rye whiskeys”

THROUGH THE AGES FLIGHT, $27 – Glenlivet 12 Year, Glenlivet 18 Year, Glenlivet 21 Year

“The ages flight we have is a great way to see the evolution of whiskey all with the same single malt scotch”


The Distilled Whiskey shares its kitchen with the Winedown Cafe so delicious bites are always available. Try the Shoe String Duck Fries or the Brie Cheese with Amarana Cherries for starters and try the Shrimp & Parmesan Grits or the Truffle Mushroom Arancini for something a bit more filling. 



About the Author – 

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Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com