Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Red Hook

by Michael Hsu, 05/07/2014

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  • Dry Dock Wines + Spirits
    424 Van Brunt St., 718-852-3625
    Van Brunt Stillhouse
    6 Bay St., 718-852-6405
    Cacao Prieto
    218 Conover St., 347-225-0130
    Brooklyn is known for its devotion to the handcrafted. In Red Hook, this applies to libations as well. Dry Dock Wine + Spirits happily offers expert advice on how best to navigate its stock of more than 400 wines. (For the budget conscious, it has a wide selection under $12.) It's also a great source for locally made spirits, like Brooklyn-made moonshine, bourbon and bitters. The store carries more than 75 types of whiskey alone, including flasks from Kings County Distillery, New York City's oldest operating whiskey distillery. The Van Brunt Stillhouse, meanwhile, retails its whiskeys, grappa, rum and moonshine and offers weekend tours, during which you can taste a bourbon, a rye and an "American" whiskey. Cacao Prieto, makers of chocolate and liqueurs, sources cacao from a family farm in the Dominican Republic—one run by owner Daniel Prieto Preston's family for more than 100 years. Tours (of the production facility, not the farm) are offered on Saturdays at 2 and 4pm; they cost $20 and include plenty of samples. Also distilled on the premises: Widow Jane whiskeys.

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