The 12 Best Locally Produced Drinks in Brooklyn 

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Kelso Of Brooklyn Saison McClure’s Pickleback
At Bushwick Country Club
Brooklyn Brewery
Mary’s Maple Porter
Brooklyn Winery
“Orange” Chardonnay
Cornelius Applejack
From Harvest Spirits Distillery
Red Hook Winery's Brusco
“Fort Warwick”
At Fort Reno Provisions
Sixpoint Mad Scientists Series #9, Cacao Husk Stout Green Medina At Marlow & Sons
Martini At Hotel Delmano “Jack Carraway”
At The Farm On Adderley
“Roof Garden”
At Northeast Kingdom

 



#1 Kelso Of Brooklyn Saison

This new seasonal beer from the Clinton Hill-based brewery is laced with Andrew’s Honey. The fourth-generation beekeeper Andrew Cote produces honey from the rooftops, balconies and community gardens of New York City and teaches beekeeping workshops in addition to selling honey products at the Greenmarkets. The touch of sweetness it brings this Belgian-style ale mingles with its fruity nose and light hopping for balance. A perfect beer to sip on summer nights, at your local beer garden. Click here to find out where you can get it.




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#2 McClure’s Pickleback At Bushwick Country Club

The art of following a shot of whiskey with a surge of McClure’s Pickles brine was perfected at the Bushwick Country Club because, for a time, Bob McClure was living in an apartment above the bar. Even now that most of the McClure brothers’ products are made in Detroit (including their Bloody Mary mixer, inspired by popular habit), Bob still brings brine to the bar regularly for just this purpose.




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#3 Brooklyn Brewery Mary's Maple Porter

This limited-time beer in the Brewmaster’s Reserve series at Brooklyn Brewery is made with New York State pure maple syrup from Mary Wiles, who—in addition to managing the brewery’s quality control— runs a sugarhouse outside Syracuse, selling maple syrup and maple sugar candies. To sweeten the deal, this beer is brewed in Williamsburg and poured on draft only at select local bars.




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#4 Brooklyn Winery “Orange” Chardonnay

This 2010 Chardonnay was made with Finger Lakes-region grapes and fermented in the Williamsburg winery. In a process similar to making red wine, Winemaker Conor Mc- Cormack let the wine ferment with no added yeasts in its Brooklyn environment. The result, as you’ll see when a new batch is released in June, is a fruity-tasting wine with a rich mouthfeel, made by a totally natural process that lets you truly taste Brooklyn.





#5 Cornelius Applejack From Harvest Spirits Distillery

No need to mix it up: this delicious apple brandy is produced by the Hudson Valley distillery using 100 percent apples grown in its own orchards. Although the tasting room and farm isn’t too far to take a Metro- North trek to, it’s carried in local spots like Brooklyn Oenology, and fittingly, Cornelius Bar in Prospect Heights.




#6 Red Hook Winery’s Brusco

Tart, fruity and fizzy, part of the fun of this sparkling red is that it’s so rare to find anywhere outside of Brooklyn. Since the carbonated wine (made in the style of a lambrusco) isn’t distributed in bottles it’s only on draft in local bars. Something else to toast to: Winemaker Christopher Nicolson uses a blend of North Fork, Long Island-grown grapes to produce this effervescent elixir in the aptly named Red Hook-based winery.




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#7 “Fort Warwick” At Fort Reno Provisions

The cocktail menu at this new restaurant from the chef/ owner of Park Slope’s Latin locavore eatery Palo Santo is filled with local ingredients and spirits. The Fort Warwick combines two from the Upstate New York-based Warwick Wines and Spirits: its gin and liqueur, along with muddled fresh tarragon and honey simple syrup.




#8 Sixpoint Mad Scientists Series Cacao Husk Stout

Every other month, something strange flows from the Red Hook-based Sixpoint brewery. The latest in the bi-monthly series called Mad Scientists is a stout brewed with cacao husks from Mast Brothers chocolate. These cracked, cocoa-smelling shells are available for the taking in large sacks at the Mast Brothers’ Williamsburg factory, and can be found in the composts of local farms like Brooklyn Grange. Props for repurposing this local byproduct in a beer—and a tasty one at that.




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Inside the Williamsburg staple to taste their in-house made bitters.

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#9 Green Medina At Marlow & Sons

A crisp, refreshing summertime quaff featuring Greenpoint’s Greenhook Gin, Chartreuse, house lime bitters, and tonic—a perfect blend of Brooklyn and France... The cocktail menu at this longstanding Williamsburg hotspot is filled with local herbs when in season, as with its food. Let the summer begin!





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Inside the Williamsburg bar to get a taste of the locally sourced martini.

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#10 Martini At Hotel Delmano

The house martini here is a classic combination of vermouth and gin—in this case, Perry’s Tot “Navy Strength” Gin from their neighbors at New York Distilling Company. Opened just a year ago, the distillery produces classic rye whiskeys and gins to carry on Brooklyn’s rich distilling heritage. In a couple weeks, Hotel Delmano plans to feature newcomers Greenhook Gin in other cocktails on their new spring menu, and offer pitchers of the martini to share. A rowdy shindig with Cuban music will kick it off April 18th.




#11 “Jack Carraway” At The Farm On Adderley

This delicious concoction fuses apple brandy house-infused with caraway seed, along with fermented apple cider from Kaufmann’s Fruit Farm in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. It’s a boozy showcase for a fruit that the region produces exceptionally well.




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#12 “Roof Garden” At Northeast Kingdom

This cocktail has a crisp, evergreen freshness thanks to thyme and mint grown in the owners’ garden. It’s a fitting drink for the husbandand- wife Vermonters who opened the restaurant with a think-local theme. Foraged and rooftop-grown produce fill the menu year-round, from local sources such as Brooklyn Grange. No locaholic points, however, for this cocktail’s Tito’s Handmade Vodka, from the small-batch distillery in Texas.




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