Discover New York City’s Distilleries

 

Brooklyn is New York’s Distillery haven. You could basically do a full week-long tour there and still not even hit them all up. However, there are still some distilleries to discover in Queens and the Bronx. Check them out if you’re looking for a fun indoor activity with friends, or some unique event space for a special occasion.

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Brooklyn:

King’s County Distillery

  • Tasting room open 7 days/week
  • Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard – super cool spot
  • Weekday tours – $14, reservations needed, includes tasting
  • Weekend tours – $8, can book online but not needed, includes tasting
  • What you’ll sip:
    • Moonshine
    • Bourbon
    • Chocolate Whiskey
  • My personal take? Click here.

Industry City Distillery

  • Tasting room open Fridays and Saturdays
  • Top floor skyline views of the city
  • Tours Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
  • What you’ll sip:
    • Industry Standard Vodka – the only vodka distilled in New York City

Van Brunt Stillhouse

  • Tours Thursday – Sunday (call to book)
  • Tasting room open Thursday – Sunday
  • What you’ll sip:
    • Whiskey, Rum, Grappa and Moonshine

Greenhook Ginsmiths

  • Tours Saturdays at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. (book online), includes tasting
  • What you’ll sip:
    • American Dry Gin
    • Beach Plum Gin Liqueur

Widow Jane Distillery

  • Visit Cacao Prieto for tour bookings – the tour is a dual chocolate factory and distillery tour
  • Open Weekly
    • 10 year straight Bourbon Whiskey
    • Bloody Butcher High Rye Bourbon
    • Cacao Rum
    • Coffee Liqueur
    • Cacao Prieto Chocolate bars

Interboro Spirits & Ales

  • Taproom/Tasting Room open Thursday – Sunday
  • Brooklyn’s only dual craft-brewery and distillery
  • What you’ll sip:
    • New Jack – unaged apple brandy
    • Negative Space – neutral spirit
    • Goodwin Hill – gin
  • What’s brewin’?
    • Interboro Dos Ojos Vienna Lager – Bier de Mesa brewed with Vienna and Pilsner malt and corn
    • Interboro the Next Episode – Double IPA, hopped with Cascade, Citra and Galaxy

The New York Distilling Company

  • The Shanty bar is the tasting room connected to the distillery
  • Tours on Saturdays, dog-friendly Sundays
  • What you’ll sip:
    • Dorothy Parker – American gin
    • Mister Katz’ Rock & Rye
    • Chief Gowanus – Netherland gin

The Noble Experiment

  • Tasting room is called Daiquiri Shack aka Daq Shaq – open Saturdays
  • Self-guided tours are free with purchase of cocktail
  • Hosted tours and tastings Saturdays at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. for $10 (book online)
  • What you’ll sip:
    • Owney’s NYC Rum

Queens:

Astoria Distilling Company

  • Proof + Gauge, the tasting room and cocktail bar, open Wednesday through Friday
  • No tours (yet)
  • What you’ll sip:
    • Queen’s Courage Old Tom Gin – Uses New York rooftop honey for subtle sweetness

Bronx:

Tirado Distillery

  • Tours and tastings Wednesday – Saturday
  • $10 Standard tour, $30 VIP tour (includes glasses and more tastings, tour is with owner)
  • Merengue dancing
  • What you’ll sip:
    • Corn Whiskey – Double Gold
    • Moonshine
    • Corn Whiskey – El Caribe

Port Morris Distillery

  • Tasting room and tours open Wednesday – Sunday
  • Originated in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico – the interior is designed to look like it!
  • What you’ll sip:
    • 92 proof Pitorro – originates from The Lush Mountains of Guayama, Puerto Rico. “Pitorro” is puertorriqueños version of “Moonshine”
    • 80 proof Anejo – aged in wood cast barrells

 

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Have you hit any of these up yet? Let me know when you do, and be sure to check out my post on NYC Breweries by Borough.

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