Established in 1793
Continuing a long-standing tradition of using repurposed religious buildings as booze factories, the Plymouth Gin Distillery (also known as the Black Friars Distillery) was established in a former Dominican monastery in Plymouth, England in 1793 with the goal of supplying "Navy-strength" gin and juice to sailors on the high seas in order to prevent scurvy. The Mayflower, visible on the label of all Plymouth Gin bottles, actually set sail from Plymouth's harbor in 1620, and the Pilgrim Fathers may have actually stayed at the monastery on the night prior to their departure. Unfortunately, they would later go on to really, really enjoy rum.
Founded in 1575
Claiming to be the world’s oldest family of liquor brands, Bols was founded by the eponymous family in 1575, although their distillery was originally named “'t Lootsje”, or “the little shed.” Of course, they soon grew too big for their britches (people wore those back then) after their cumin and cardamom spirits grew in popularity, and, when Luca Bols took the reins in the 17th century, he turned the distillery into a world-class institution with a larger distillery. Now, they produce Galliano, Vaccari, and their own line of products... including yogurt liqueur. Bottoms up!
Adam Lapetina is the partnerships editor at Thrillist, and hopes that Bols' yogurt liqueur doesn't date back to 1575. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.