Bonus Stop: Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn Navy Yard/DUMBO
Spirits: Whiskey, Moonshine, Season Spirits
Tour/Tasting: Open 230-530p every Saturday. No reservations needed. $8 for a tasting and tour of the distillery.
The oldest whiskey distillery in all of NYC, Kings County is located in a 113yr-old building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The tasting is like their thesis statement: you get some corn-based moonshine, their Craft Spirit Award-winning bourbon, and for the next two months, some holiday-spiced whiskey (a natural remedy for that Christmas Eve-morning hangover).
Crawl II: Red Hook
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Stop #1: Van Brunt Stillhouse in Red Hook
Spirits: Whiskey, Rum, Grappa, Moonshine
Getting There: Take the F/G to 4th Ave or Carroll St, and it’s about a 15-20-minute walk. Given that Red Hook is not super convenient on the subway, it might be worth paying for a cab ride (the other two distilleries in this crawl are within walking distance of Van Brunt).
Tour/Tasting: Free public & private tours (the second Sunday of every month, or by appointment); no tastings available. [Update: they do tours & tastings at 2p and 4p, Sat & Sun]
You won’t be getting a free tasting on the tour, but you can take home a bottle of one of Van Brunt’s quartet of liquors -- whiskey, rum, grappa, or moonshine -- so bring along a flask to keep you warm on the walks.
Next Move: This circuit is maaad easy, because the following distillery is just a three-minute walk down Dwight... and now you've also got a loaded flask.