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. Since the distillery opened in 2010, the business has grown 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 nine of King County’s regular offerings, including 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 Tuesday through Sunday and recommends advance reservations (though they’re not required). The tasting room is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.