Kings County Distillery
In the Navy Yard, out of a building more than 100 years old, these boozemakers produce 200mL bottles of bourbon and moonshine, offered in plain glass flasks with labels that look like they could’ve been tapped out on an Underwood. Colin Spoelman and David Haskell (the former a Kentucky native, so he knows from bourbon) began production in 2010—the first whiskey distillery in Brooklyn, they say, since the 18th amendment passed, thanks to a loosening of state laws regarding microdistilleries. Their award-winning bourbon starts easy and finishes rich, with a vague sweetness that nicely complements its smoothness. A friend of ours described the moonshine, which has also won awards, as “rough”—as you’d want moonshine to be, no? Like spicy food?—but it also mixes delightfully, we discovered serendipitously, with Cherry Coke, their flavors filling in each other’s blanks.
Photo by Austin McAllister