Category: Artisan Profile, Beer, News

Last week, we mentioned the debut of Brad Estabrooke’s Breuckelen Distilling Company, one of the first distilled spirits made in Brooklyn since Prohibition.

This week, we wanted to mention that David Haskell and Colin Spoelman of Kings County Distillery in Williamsburg have just released their first batch of moonshine. You can find it now at UVA in Williamsburg and at Thirst in Fort Greene. Keep an eye out for more hand-crafted whiskeys and bourbons from them in the coming months.

Brooklyn Brewery founder Tom Potter is trying his hand at distilling too. He’s working with a distinguished team to get his own Brooklyn-based craft distillery up and running by the end of the year. We’ll keep you posted.

Prefer your spirits mixologized? Tasting Table recently tipped us off that Louis Smeby of A.B. Smeby Bittering is here to help. Louis hand-crafts small batches of all-natural seasonal bitters right here in Brooklyn using local produce that’s “layered with spices of more exotic origin” to create unique flavors like ‘Mole Rojo,’ made with chilies, cocoa nibs, piloncillo and smoked agave; ‘Galangal,’ with spiced ginger, pumpkin pie and coriander … and lots more. You can browse all the varieties and order his bitters on his website.

Did you know that there were Whiskey Wars, swill milk scandals and all kinds of other mayhem surrounding the distilling craft in Brooklyn in it’s 19th century heyday? Let’s all play nice this time around, people!

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