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.
I would have rated this class around a three if not for the other tour guide who showed up at the end to assist with the purchasing. She was extremely rude and condescending. One example was when my wife asked to look at a water color painting - instead of offering to show it to us or walk us through the details, she simply said "Well it's 250 dollars." It was clear she thought we could not afford the piece and, therefore, put zero effort into showing or selling us the piece. We also asked about the expiration dates for the mixing syrups and this lady simply said "just put it in the refrigerator." Clearly, she did not know the answer. Very disappointing. My wife and I are huge scotch drinkers and are art collectors. It is a shame, but we will not be recommending any of our friends and family to your distillery in the future.
Fun tour, great tour guide on his 2nd tour ever! Plan to go back again!
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!!
The tour was very interesting and comprehensive.
Very informative! Lots of cool history about the distillery and bourbon making.
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.
Very informative, fun, and the whiskeys were very interesting
It was very fun and informative. The tour guide was great and we learned a lot about the history of distilling in America.
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.
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.