Kings County Distillery

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Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York
(62 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

(62 Reviews)

4/25/2018
Kathryn F.

Attended: Distillery Tours


The history was pretty interesting, but a little slow at parts. The tasting was fun.

4/25/2018
Hayley M.

Attended: Distillery Tours


It was pretty interesting. I really enjoyed discovering this part of town, the history, and the building. Parts of it were a little slow and boring. If they tried to spice it up a little, it would be more fun.

4/16/2018
Alison S.

Attended: Distillery Tours


A couple friends and I did this tour for one of our birthdays and it was great! The tour guide was really funny and informative. We would definitely go back and we’re hoping they start hosting new and different classes soon!!

2/26/2018
Berta V.

Attended: Distillery Tours


Love the class Took my husband who loves whiskey for a late valentine date and he loved every detail and information the was given and shown Recommend this to anyone that loves whiskey

1/21/2018
Rohan J.

Attended: Distillery Tours


This was honestly such a fantastic experience. As a New York native, I love seeing parts of home I’ve never explored too much. Evan, my tour guide, was a delight. He was friendly, knowledgeable and invested in what he does. The bar is a great place to grab a drink after the tour is over. I had such a nice time, I couldn’t turn down buying a bottle of the empire rye.

1/21/2018
Onalee S.

Attended: Distillery Tours


Fun little tour, very informative, loved our tour guide. Great community feeling!

1/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Distillery Tours


The class was good an informative. The tour guide gave us a good historical overview of the place and how they make their spirits and was funny at moments. Downsides- there was no heat in the entire building and it was a very cold day. The cold was unbearable.

11/30/2017
Joseph A.

Attended: Distillery Tours


Very fun class, The Instructor was amazing. It is always better when they're passionate about the subject matter. I plan on taking this tour again with friends. I Highly Recommend!

11/20/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Distillery Tours


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.

8/14/2017
Kelli D.

Attended: Distillery Tours


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

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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

Directions:
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)