Kings County Distillery
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 113-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The distillery uses New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make distinctive whiskey. Our moonshine won “Best in Category” for corn whiskey at the 2011 American Distilling Institute’s Craft Spirits Conference and Kings County won silver medals for both whiskies at the 2013 Conference. We only distill whiskey for our label and we never buy bulk whiskey from any other source.
Distillery tours are offered every Saturday afternoon (more information below).
Guide to Urban Moonshining
We wrote a book about whiskey, published by Abrams and now available wherever books are sold. Here’s some information from the publisher:
“This book is a guide to America's indigenous spirit—from the whiskey made by the earliest colonists to the sprawling distilleries of Kentucky to the adventurous craft distillers working today in almost every state. It answers many questions that have mystified amateurs and enthusiasts alike, including what, precisely, makes whiskey whiskey. And it is also a manual for how to make homemade whiskey, otherwise known as moonshine, safely and deliciously (if not quite legally). Offering clear instruction and advice, along with recipes for whiskey drinks and dishes, and recommendations for outfitting the perfect home bar, this is an indispensable companion for both the distiller and the drinker, written by the founders of the first whiskey distillery in New York City since prohibition.”
Where to Purchase
Flasks of our bourbon and moonshine are currently on sale at the following locations. Please call ahead, as stores may be sold out at some locations.
The following bars
and restaurants carry Kings County:
If your favorite bar or restaurant is not listed, please have them get in touch with us.
The distillery is open for tours and tastings from 2:30pm to 5:30pm every Saturday. We don’t have a phone and tours are very informal. No reservations are needed. Tours, which include a tasting, are $8. Tours last about 45 minutes and run every 20-30 minutes.
We are open every Saturday through fall 2014 except on June 7th.
Please enter the Navy Yard through the Sands Street Gate. Our “address” on Flushing is misleading—and Google may direct you to an empty lot on Flushing; Kings County Distillery is the first building past the gate at Sands St. and Navy St. Closest subways are AC at High St. and the F at York.
We are prohibited from
delivering or shipping our products, and we aren’t able to open the
distillery for sales, tours, or tastings except for the dates listed on this
The Wall Street Journal – Navy Yard
We get many more requests than we can respond to personally, especially for sponsorship or partnership. If you have a request for donation, please understand that our supply is incredibly limited and we can’t support open-bar sponsorships, even for small events and good causes.
For space rental inquiries only:
All other inquiries:
Kings County Distillery
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Bldg 121
63 Flushing Avenue, Box 379
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