At this point it’s hard to say whether it’s surprising that Brooklyn has established itself as a veritable hotbed of booze production. On the one hand, such pursuits are not typically associated with urban areas—it takes lots of space, which is at a premium here, of course—but on the other hand, the small-batch-everything mentality that’s so pervasive in Brooklyn is an invaluable asset for anyone looking to practice a craft as labor-intensive and detail-oriented as making beverages that people have been drinking for hundreds or, in some cases, thousands of years.
So, surprising or not, Brooklyn is indeed turning out some outstanding and maybe even world-class libations. From the ever-reliable lineup of beers from the Brooklyn Brewery to the perfectly back-pocketable little bottles from Kings County Distillery, from Jack From Brooklyn’s hibiscus liqueur Sorel to Cacao Prieto’s straight Widow Jane bourbon and beyond, there’s less reason than ever before to look outside the borough when it comes time to stock your home bar.
Photo by Austin McAllister