Recent Press

  • 03-03-2017

    Anniversary Release of Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon

    Today marks the 120th anniversary of the Bottled-in-Bond Act, a consumer protection and a mark of transparency that is as relevant today as it was in the 1890s. With a bottled-in-bond bourbon, you know it was made by the distillery listed on the bottle, is at least 4 years old, and exactly 100 proof. In honor of the occasion, we are releasing 6 bottles of our bonded bourbon each to participating New York State accounts (and small allocations to NJ, MD, DC, DE, TN, KY). We’re proud to be among the first of craft distillers to make this highest class of American whiskey. Ask your favorite store for a bottle, quickly, because these will go fast and we won’t have more for 6 months. Full press release here.


  • 12-02-2016

    Single Malt

    We are thrilled to announce our first all malt whiskey. Kings County Single Malt Whiskey is made almost entirely like a single malt scotch—except that instead of being made in Scotland, it is made here in Brooklyn. Kings County’s version is open-fermented off the grain from lightly peated malted barley sourced from England and Scotland. The whiskey is twice distilled in traditional Scottish pot stills, then aged in our own used bourbon barrels anywhere from 1.5 to 4 years. With a higher post-cask strength than our American-style offerings, this whiskey warranted a higher bottling strength—47%—and so it is more potent than its palate would suggest. Dry and more sophisticated than many American single malts which can be sweet and oak-forward, it is an elegant whiskey with notes of honey, hay, burnt orange peal, and peat.


  • 10-03-2016

    Spirited Pen Tours

    Come to one of our Spirited Pen tours in October and get an author led walk through history. first, join us October 23rd with New York Times journalist and whiskey writer Clay Risen. The following Sunday, on October 30th, we’ll be hosting William Hogeland who wrote the definitive history of the Whiskey Rebellion (site shown here). A 5-whiskey tasting will be included with these tours. Get tickets here or see our Events Page for other upcoming offerings.


  • 10-03-2016

    Winter Spice Whiskey

    For this year’s fall seasonal release, we created an infusion of baking spices traditionally associated with mulled cider, hot toddies, and winter holidays. Using cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, black peppercorns, clove, and star anise, this whiskey is a bold but balanced answer to some of the cinnamon-flavored offerings from bigger distilleries that aim for a broader audience. Perfect for cocktails that like a spicy cinnamon kick, this whiskey is designed for crisp, cool weather.


  • 07-07-2016

    Four Year Bottled-in-Bond Release

    We are happy to announce our first ever release of Bottled-in-Bond whiskey. This bourbon is from a single barrel #300, filled May 26, 2012 and bottled on June 29th, 2016. We got only 112 bottles from this barrel, which is richer, earthier, and darker than our flagship bourbon. Once the gold standard in American whiskey, Bottled-in-Bond ensures the provenance of a bourbon that must be 4 years old and 100 proof. We think as craft distilling matures, this is what the future of American whiskey will taste like. Bottles of this early release (375ml only) will be sold for $65 and will go on sale on July 9th from the distillery directly at 1pm.


  • 07-01-2016

    Jalapeño Grapefruit Moonshine

    Last summer, we tried infusing our moonshine with a variety of different fruits and herbs. The winning combination, of grapefruit and jalapeño, was an instant hit in the garden and so successful we decided to bring it back as an official offering in stores. This whiskey starts as Kings County’s signature moonshine, but then is infused with cut grapefruits and whole jalapeño peppers, designed to strike just the right balance of citrus, bitterness, and heat. This is a great substitute for tequila in margaritas or over ice as a perfect summer refresher.


  • 05-06-2016

    Gatehouses Open

    We are thrilled to announce the opening of The Gatehouses, our new public-facing tasting room and visitors center. The historic, castle-like entrance to the Brooklyn Navy Yard will now become the distillery’s public face and an essential destination for whiskey lovers. The Gatehouses will serve as a retail shop, selling Kings County whiskey; a morning coffee shop, for locals and Brooklyn Navy Yard employees; and a tasting room, offering cocktails and flights of Kings County whiskeys in a beautifully restored building and private outdoor garden.

    Last summer, Kings County offered flights and cocktails in its grain garden, a weekend “garden party” series that attracted enormous positive attention. The Gatehouses will continue that program, but as a year-round destination conveniently located in Dumbo near the Brooklyn Bridge and other tourist attractions. Tours will now be offered 5 days a week.

    The Gatehouses, at Sands Street and Navy Street, first opened in 1896 as the primary entrance to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. For decades, the Medieval Revival structure also functioned as a place for Yard employees to convert paychecks into cash, much of which was spent at the bars and brothels that populated Sands Street. When the Navy decommissioned the Yard, the New York Police Department converted the Gatehouses into a single two-story structure. During the Bloomberg administration, the Gatehouses’ exteriors were painstakingly restored and interiors were left much as they were found, with original details wherever they remained.  The South Gatehouse now houses the tasting room; the North Gatehouse will open later as an office and laboratory for small-batch distilling and whiskey-making classes.

    Get the full story at Grub Street.


  • 04-18-2016

    Dead Distillers First Copy

    We just got our first copy of our new book, Dead Distillers, which our editor very eloquently describes as, “a spirited portrait of the unusual and storied origins of forgotten drunkenness.”  The book includes biographies of famous and infamous distillers, including Jack Daniel, Jim Beam, Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, three American Presidents, an industrialist or two, and more than a few outlaws.  The book also includes images, cemetery maps, a distillery ownership timeline, and newspaper clippings describing distillery accidents from the colonial era to the present.  For anyone who enjoyed our Guide to Urban Moonshining, we hope this book is another deep look at distilling in America, with a focus on some of the famous and infamous practitioners of our trade. Pre-Order your copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or IndieBound or find in bookstores everywhere on May 17th.


  • 04-10-2016

    Distillery of the Year

    Kings County was awarded the prestigious Bubblecap Award for Distillery of the Year at this year’s American Distilling Institute Conference and Awards Gala, held on April 5 in San Diego.  With 2000 attendees representing hundreds of craft distilleries, this was the largest ADI awards presentation ever. Kings County also took home bronze medals for its moonshine and single malt whiskey, a silver medal for its peated bourbon, and a best-in-category for “alt whiskey” for its oatmeal whiskey. With previous bubblecap award winners like Corsair and Leopold Brothers, Kings County joins a small group of nationally recognized craft distillers that are contributing to the excellence of American craft spirits.


  • 03-21-2016

    New Releases: Honey Moonshine and Peated Bourbon

    We’re very excited here at Kings County Distillery to announce a big release of our Honey Moonshine and Peated Bourbon!

    Our Honey Moonshine, or Honeymoon Shine, if you prefer, is Kings County moonshine infused for about six months with full honeycomb frames from Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm, and our neighbors here in the Navy Yard.  The honey infusion is made entirely with NYC-residing bees, whose honey, wax, and propolis all contribute to the authentic flavor of this whiskey. This whiskey has residue from the honeycomb just like real honey, and is bottled unfiltered at 40% abv. This is our answer to the syrupy honey-flavored whiskeys on the market and aims for a more sophisticated palate, with complex floral notes. While honey may not actually help with your allergies, this whiskey will certainly help you forget them. This is the first release of our new line of seasonal moonshine infusions.

    Our Peated Bourbon has been a huge favorite in our tasting room, and now we’re back with more supply.  Bon Appetit included this in their March issue in a roundup of the best craft spirits,and it took home a silver medal at ACSA. What is Peated Bourbon? It’s bourbon whiskey that conforms to the American requirements, but is made with malted barley that has been exposed to peat smoke, a more common practice in some Scotch whiskies.  So it’s a scotch-like bourbon, flavorful and robust from having aged in a new barrel, with an added light smoky finish, reminiscent of a single malt.  As far as we know, this is the world’s only peated bourbon and will appeal to the adventurous whiskey traveller who has tried everything–except this.

    Come by the distillery to pick up a few bottles, or let your local store know that they can order from us to keep your neighborhood well-stocked!