It was only a matter of time before Brooklyn’s DIY spirit and cocktail revivalism spawned the urban distillery—a throwback to NYC’s industrial past, when the town ran deep with locally made hooch. While the trend has been percolating for the past few years, it’s finally found its poster child in the New York Distilling Co., a collaboration between Brooklyn Brewery cofounder Tom Potter and booze guru Allen Katz. The partners brought the link between spirits and mixology full circle, launching a serious cocktail bar under the same roof as their working distillery. Ogle the shimmering copper still where they craft their intriguing portfolio of spirits—two complex and unusual gins, plus an in-the-works rye whiskey made entirely with New York State grains—then sample the proprietary hooch (as well as booze from other producers) in a range of signature concoctions. 79 Richardson St between Leonard and Lorimer Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-878-3579, nydistilling.com)
Take a free tour and tasting at New York Distilling Co.
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