Location: Brooklyn - New York, U.S.A
Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010 by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell, they make handmade moonshine and bourbon out of the 115-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Their copper gooseneck whiskey stills were fabricated in Scotland; the wooden fermenters built locally by Isseks Brothers, a firm responsible for many of the rooftop water tanks around New York, and the distillery grows corn and barley at a small farm onsite while spent grain is recycled as compost and pig feed.
Both their moonshine and bourbon have both won “Best in Category” from the American Distilling Institute’s Craft Spirits Awards and the bourbon won two silver medals from the inaugural American Craft Distillers Association Awards in 2014.
At the International Whisky Competition, the Bottled-In-Bond took the Best American Whiskey, Best Bourbon, Best Small Batch Bourbon and Best Bourbon 4+ Years awards. At 94.4, Kings County was the highest rated American Whiskey in competition.