Cocktail bars crowd many of Brooklyn’s main streets. However, in a borough known for bespoke and DIY products, it’s no shock that Brooklyn is also home to numerous distilleries. Skip ordering a bottle of mass-produced vodka at a local bar, and head to these distilleries, where you can taste everything from chocolate whiskey to moonshine. Located in some of Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods, these five distilleries offer tours, tastings, and much more. Get into the liquor scene and head to one of these hot spots.
Kings County Distillery
Since 2010, this distillery located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been making handmade bourbon and moonshine. The Kings County Distillery is open for tours and tastings on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm (the last tour leaves at 3:45 pm). Tours are eight bucks and include a tasting. They also offer weekday tours at 3 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, but unlike the Saturday tour, you must buy tickets in advance. In addition, the distillery offers numerous events including Whiskey Wars Tour, which focuses on the Navy Yard's history with illegal whiskey distilling.
Van Brunt Stillhouse
Located on Bay Street in Red Hook, the Van Brunt Stillhouse is open for tours and cocktails every Thursday and Friday from 4pm-9pm and Saturday from 2pm-9pm, and on Sunday from 2pm-6pm. They ask that you book tours in advance, but you're welcome to have a cocktail in the tasting room at any time. Sip some Due North Rum or grappa at this artisanal distillery in Red Hook.
Industry City Distillery
Industry City is home to a food hall, the winter home to the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, and is also where you’ll find Industry City Distillery. Their new tasting room is open to the public. Enjoy an Industry Martini made with their notable vodka, as you gaze at the amazing views of New York Bay from the tasting room. The tasting room is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 pm-10 pm. If you’d like a hard hat tour of the distillery, they’re given at 3 pm on Saturday. Due to limited space, you must reserve a spot on their website.
This chocolate factory and distillery on Conover Street in Red Hook offers weekend walk-in tours on Saturday and Sunday, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm. Tours are twenty bucks and run an hour. Learn about the history of cacao and also look at the distilling rums, liqueurs, and whiskey. Tasting flights are included in the price of the tour.
New York Distilling Company
Come to the New York Distilling Company's bar, The Shanty, for a free tour of the distillery on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 pm. With a gin named after the legendary Dorothy Parker and other drinks named for important figures in the city's history, this Williamsburg Distillery is a sure pleaser.