Kings County

United States Founded in 2010
Founded in 2010, they were New York’s first distillery since Prohibition. Kings County Distillery was named Distillery of the Year by the American Distilling Institute.

Their ethos is quality and simplicity, each of their products packaged in medicinal-style flasks with typewriter-written labels.

Kings County’s Whiskeys have won numerous awards from the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association, and the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and have been praised by the New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, GQ, The New Yorker and other sources.

Kings County’s Whiskeys are mashed, fermented, distilled, and aged onsite in Brooklyn, never sourced from other producers. Known for their revolutionary Peated Bourbon, Kings County definitely shows their range, boasting an impressively diverse line up of award-winning Whiskeys, Bourbon, Moonshine, Spice Whiskey, Single Malt and flavored Whiskeys.
Kings County Straight Bourbon Kings County Straight Bourbon is made from local organic corn and malted barley from the United Kingdom. The booze magicians distill it twice using copper pot stills and age it in new charred oak barrels. The rich corn aroma, sweet oak sap, and flavors of vanilla and caramel persuaded the judges at San Francisco World Spirits Competition thrice: they got Double-Gold in 2019.
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A typewriter the two distillers found on the sidewalk in Williamsburg is used to make the labels that adorn their clear, flask-like bottles, while a hairdryer (made by Revlon) is used to afix each bottle seal. Handwritten scrawls on a chalkboard keep track of different batches, and mesh laundry bags are used as strainers.
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Kings County handcrafts all of their product out of the 119-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard just steps from legendary site of the Brooklyn Whiskey Wars of the 1860s.

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Situated along the banks of the East River, Kings County Distillery is New York City's oldest operating Whiskey distillery and the first distillery in New York City since Prohibition, founded in 2010. Colin Spoelman and David Haskell are the master distillers behind Kings County.

Their Whiskeys have won endless awards from the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association, and the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and have been praised by the New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, GQ, The New Yorker and other sources.

Kings County’s Whiskeys are mashed, fermented, distilled, and aged onsite in Brooklyn and never sourced from other producers.

Originally based out of a 325 square-foot room in East Williamsburg, Kings County got its humble start as the smallest commercial distillery in the country, possessing only five 24-liter stainless steel stills that produced Whiskey seven days a week, 16 hours a day.

In 2012, the facility was moved into the Paymaster Building in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. The distillery boasts traditional copper Whiskey stills created in Scotland, wooden fermenters built locally by Isseks Brothers, and even has a corn and barley patch at a small farm onsite.

The impressive distillery is a beacon of sustainable and traditional whiskey production and one of the pioneers of the craft distillery movement in the US, named Distillery of the Year in 2016 from the American Distilling Institute.

They currently offer tours of their award-winning facility, with tastings that are offered Tuesday through Sunday afternoons, and the Gatehouse tasting room in the historical entrance to the Navy Yard is open every day.
Distillery info:
  • Country United States
  • Established 2010
  • Status Active
  • Address 299 Sands Street, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn NY 11205
  • Phone 347-689-4211
  • Websitehttp://kingscountydistillery.com
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A transcript for non-audio situations The Brooklyn Navy Yard is home to New York City's oldest operating Whiskey distillery, Kings County Distillery. It was only founded in 2010.

In 2009, New York State loosened laws that had restricted local production of alcohol since the time of prohibition. Founders Colin Spoelman and David Haskell immediately saw a business opportunity, and Brooklyn's first micro-distillery was born.

The distillery occupies a 100-year-old building in the Navy Yard where sailors used to go to collect their paychecks. It's just feet from the site of the Whiskey Wars of the 1860s, when Marines deployed from the Navy Yard to crack down on illegal distilleries in Brooklyn.

As a farm distillery, they are required by law to produce primarily using crops from New York State. As a result, their mash mainly consists of cracked organic corn from upstate New York, which is then combined with boiling water, British barley and Yeast.

The mash ferments in wooden vats built by Isseks Brothers, a century-old name in local water tank production, and then distilled twice using traditional Scottish copper stills. In charred new oak barrels, the Bourbon ages for at least 2 years and up to 12 years.

The humble operation continues to grow rapidly, attracting major awards and now distributes internationally. Despite its expanding reach, its spirit remains local.