Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, the distillery produces handmade moonshine, bourbon, and other whiskeys out of the 117-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. While on his American adventure, I sent my devoted boyfriend (xoxo) to visit this rather recent distillery (and if you’re wondering why I couldn’t make it, just bare in mind you can’t always know everything 😉 ) and take sh*t loads of pictures (and finally buy me this peated bourbon!) 😀
First located in a 325 square-foot room in East Williamsburg (aka Hipster Wonderland), Kings County began as the smallest commercial distillery in the country, with five 24-liter stainless steel stills making whiskey seven days a week, 16 hours a day. “In 2012, we moved into the Paymaster Building in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, just steps from legendary site of the Brooklyn Whiskey Wars of the 1860s and the former distillery district of the waterfront.”
With traditional copper whiskey stills fabricated in Scotland, wooden fermenters were built locally by Isseks Brothers, and a corn and barley patch at a small farm onsite, the distillery is a model of sustainable and traditional whiskey production and one of the preeminent craft distilleries in the United States, having been named Distillery of the Year in 2016 from the American Distilling Institute.
Kings County offers tours and tastings Tuesday through Sunday afternoons while their tasting room is open every day. A huge thanks to Lia (as I’ve been told “a truly excellent tour guide!“) for looking after my special reporter that day who was more than happy with his experience.
And here are some pictures for you little drammers!