This Saturday, Red Hook’s Van Brunt Stillhouse had its opening shindig, featuring Six Point beers (they don’t have a tasting room license yet, so they couldn’t pour their products), a pig roast, and the music of Tift Merritt. The Stillhouse will eventually be producing a whiskey, grappa, rum, and aged rum. The first case of rum—called Due North—hit the shelves at Dry Dock this weekend, and will soon be available at Astor Wines as well. It’s also being poured at local Red Hook spots like The Good Fork, Bait and Tackle, and Fort Defiance. Apparently we are all suffering from artisanal Brooklyn fatigue these days, but this operation isn’t exactly a still in someone’s studio apartment bathtub.
You can see pictures of their beautiful copper still below. I did manage to get a little sample of the Due North rum, and it’s no joke—a good sipping rum made with fair-trade sugar can harvested on small family farms in the Himalayan foothills. I’m telling you, this shit is ARTISANAL. Though they aren’t open to the public quite yet, they’re working on getting the paperwork in order to open a tasting room in the near future. Yet another reason to scam free bus fare to Red Hook out of those IKEA buses.
All photos by Frank Smith.