Finding a bourbon at a Manhattan farmers’ market made in Brooklyn is a bit of a nonsequitur among the baby greens and beets. But that’s just how I discovered this Red Hook, Brooklyn distillery Van Brunt Stillhouse, far far away from the bourbon green fields of Kentucky (where 95% of bourbon is produced).
Keeping it close to home, Stillhouse sources rye, wheat and corn from New York farmers for their American and malt whiskey, bourbon and rye along with a Due North Rum (which has been well reviewed by Bon Appetit). The distillery is also working in conjunction with Brooklyn Winery and Red Hook Winery to create a grappa in an industrial section of Brooklyn zoned for distilling alcohol. Unlike many other businesses in the area, Van Brunt Stillhouse emerged intact after the deluge of Hurricane Sandy and has been voted one of the 10 best distilleries in NYC by the Village Voice.