|Founded||New York City, New York, 2009|
New York City, New York,
|New York City|
Number of employees
Kings County Distillery is a distillery located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York City. It produces corn whiskey, bourbon whiskey, and rye whiskey, as well as other American craft whiskeys.
Kings County Distillery was founded by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell in 2009, spurred by changes in New York State law regarding the licensing of microdistilleries. It officially began production out of its 330 square feet (31 m2) warehouse in April 2010.
In 2012, the distillery moved into the Brooklyn Navy Yard and installed copper whiskey stills imported from Scotland. The distillery focuses on a variety of unusual American whiskeys, being named part of America's New Whiskey Rebellion by Whiskey Advocate, with unusual whiskeys like a Peated Bourbon, American Single Malt, and a craft Bottled in bond bourbon. The distillery is also making Empire Rye, a project to establish a new standard of identity for New York made rye with other craft distillers.
Kings County began by releasing an unaged corn whiskey, but as the distillery has grown it now has a wider portfolio of whiskeys aged 2-5 years.
In 2016, Kings County Distillery was named "Distillery of the Year" by the American Distilling Institute.