Recent Press

  • 07-07-2017

    Grapefruit Jalapeño Returns

    Warm weather means that the Grapefruit Jalapeño Moonshine is back and better than ever! Like last year’s infusion, we took Kings County’s signature moonshine and steeped it with quartered grapefruits, but this year we let the jalapeño peppers marinade a touch longer to add the kick you’ve been asking for. Our summer infusion still strikes just the right balance of citrus, bitterness, and heat. This is a great substitute for tequila in margaritas, vodka in bloody marys, or poured over ice with soda as a perfect summer refresher.

  • 05-24-2017

    IWS Medal Sweep

    On the heels of our big San Francisco announcement, another huge win for Kings County’s Bottled-in-Bond, taking Best American Whiskey, Best Bourbon, Best Small Batch Bourbon, and Best Bourbon Over 4 Years at the International Whisky Competition, just judged in Las Vegas. Kings County’s upset win beat out more commercial competitors such as Wild Turkey Master’s Keep, Old Forester 1920, and 1792 Bourbon. At 94.4, Kings County was the highest rated American Whiskey in competition. Anytime Kings County is blind tasted in a room of spirits professionals and comes out with top honors, it’s an enormous achievement for us, and reinforces our belief that 1) blind tasting is crucial to appreciating whiskey, and 2) that our Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon is a world class whiskey.

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  • 05-16-2017

    Best Small Batch Bourbon

    The full results have been announced from San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and we are pleased to announce a DOUBLE-GOLD, BEST-IN-CATEGORY win for our Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon for Small Batch Bourbon less than five years old. Kings County also snagged gold medals for Peated and Straight Bourbon, and medals for its Barrel Strength (silver) and Single Malt (bronze). As co-founder Colin Spoelman said, “It’s even more exciting to win when we are up against the best distilleries in the country.” The full list of other best-of-category award winners can be found here and includes notable brands like Four Roses, Elijah Craig, and Blanton’s.  The San Francisco World Spirits Competition or #SFWSC, is generally regarded as the world’s premier spirits competition, and the whole team at Kings County is thrilled with such a strong showing.


  • 04-18-2017

    Strawberry Ginger Moonshine

    Just in time for warmer weather, we are pleased to announce the release of our spring 2017 seasonal infusion, a Strawberry Ginger Moonshine, made with quartered whole strawberries and shaved ginger. The strawberries lend this whiskey a delicate pink hue, and it is a perfect spring whiskey for refreshing highball cocktails made with plenty of ice and seltzer. Available at the distillery and in New York bars and liquor stores until summer 2017.

  • 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.