Kings County Distillery

Distillery in Brooklyn: Fort Greene, Clinton Hill & Bed-Stuy

Set in an 1899 brick building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this distillery uses New York grain and traditional equipment to create some mighty smooth craft spirits. Come on a 45-minute guided tour (advance booking recommended) for a look at the distilling process from grain to bottle, with a bit of a history thrown in to boot (the 19th-century Whiskey Wars, which erupted in nearby Vinegar Hill, devastated Brooklyn). At the end, you'll get to taste some of the product.

You can also stop in at the gatehouse tasting room to try some of the classic or experimental KCD cocktails, as well as whiskey flights (or just grab a bottle or two to take home). Kings County Distillery produces bourbon (aged in charred, American oak barrels), moonshine (made of 80% corn, and not nearly as undrinkable as the name might imply) and limited-edition seasonal varieties like pumpkin-spice whiskey. Some imbibers also enjoy KCD's chocolate whiskey, infused with cacao-bean husks from the neighboring Mast Brothers Chocolate factory.


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