Kings County Distillery

Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York
(41 Reviews)

Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine and bourbon out of the 115-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We use New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make distinctive whiskey. Our whiskeys have won numerous awards from the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association, and our bourbon was recently named #2 craft bourbon by Eric Asimov of the New York Times.  We only distill whiskey for our label and we never buy bulk whiskey from any other source.

First located in a 325 square-foot room in East Williamsburg, Kings County began as the smallest commercial distillery in the country, with five 24-liter stainless steel stills making whiskey seven days a week, 16 hours a day. In 2012, we moved into the Paymaster Building in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, just steps from legendary site of the Brooklyn Whiskey Wars of the 1860s and the former distillery district of the waterfront. With traditional copper whiskey stills fabricated in Scotland, wooden fermenters were built locally by Isseks Brothers, and a corn and barley patch at a small farm onsite, the distillery is a model of sustainable and traditional whiskey production and one of the preeminent craft distilleries in the United States. We offer tours and tastings every Saturday.

Reviews of Kings County Distillery

(41 Reviews)

Kelli D.

Attended: Distillery Tours

Fun tour, great tour guide on his 2nd tour ever! Plan to go back again!

Renee P.

Attended: Distillery Tours

Had a great time - very informative & enjoyable Such a fantastic tour guide, feel terrible as I missed her name but wanted to say how legendary and engaging she was!!


Attended: Distillery Tours

The tour was very interesting and comprehensive.

Katie L.

Attended: Distillery Tours

Very informative! Lots of cool history about the distillery and bourbon making.


Attended: Whiskey Wars!

The first half an hour was not needed at all. We met in building 92 in the shipping yard which took a while to find and then didn't talk about anything relevant to whiskey. However, when we got to the distillery, the tour picked up significantly with a US history of whiskey, great tour, and even better tastings.

Nadia K.

Attended: Distillery Tours

Very informative, fun, and the whiskeys were very interesting

Robert C.

Attended: Distillery Tours

It was very fun and informative. The tour guide was great and we learned a lot about the history of distilling in America.

Rachel S.

Attended: Whiskey Wars!

This is a great tour, although be sure to make note that of where Building 92 is at the Brooklyn Navy Yard - we made the mistake of going to the distillery first (which are not exactly next door). If you can, go to Building 92 early to check out the interesting museum before the tour starts, as you don't get any free time to explore there on your own. Both the Building 92 tour guide and the distillery tour guide were passionate, informative, and entertaining, and answered everyone's questions. Learned a lot about the history of the area and how to make whiskey and bourbon. At the end of the distillery tour you get to taste 4 spirits (everyone tasted the same 3, and then you got your choice between 2 options for the 4th). Highly recommended for history buffs, local Brooklyn manufacturing, and/or avid spirit drinkers.

Ilona B.

Attended: Distillery Tours

My boyfriend and I had a private tour of the distillery and learned about the history of whiskey. We had a lot of fun and tasted some of whiskey and moonshine. In general its just a great activity, I also bought me a dark chocolate flavored whiskey which is really delicious.

sabrina p.

Attended: Distillery Tours


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299 Sands St, Bldg 121, Brooklyn, New York 11205
Kings County Distillery
Navy Yard, Brooklyn
299 Sands St, Bldg 121
Btwn Perry & Chauncey Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11205

Location instruction: Enter at the Sands Street Gate to the Brooklyn Navy Yard (299 Sands Street). Check in with the guard, and we are the first building past the entrance (#121)