Growing up in Kentucky is a surefire way to gain an appreciation of whiskey. But distilling whiskey in an urban apartment is considerably more difficult, as co-owners Colin Spoelman and David Haskell discovered when they started making illegal moonshine at home. Five years after the distillery opened in 2010, the business is growing fast, located in the historic Paymaster building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Three types of whiskey now flow from the stills and the distillery borrows processes and pot stills from Scotch production while using locally-grown corn.
DON'T MISS THESE SPIRITS: You'll want to try all three of King County's regular offerings: double-distilled moonshine, bourbon and chocolate whiskey, made with ground cacao bean husks from local Mast Brothers Chocolate.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The distillery is open for tours and tastings every Saturday from 1p.m.-4p.m. without reservations. Tours include a tasting and admission to the Boozeum, where you can learn about the Navy Yard and its history of craft distilling. Weekday tours are available every Friday at 3p.m. but require a pre-purchased ticket.