Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Red Hook

by Michael Hsu, 07/16/2013

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  • Dry Dock Wines + Spirits
    424 Van Brunt St., 718-852-3625
    Van Brunt Stillhouse
    6 Bay St., 718-852-6405
    Sixpoint Brewery
    40 Van Dyke St., 917-696-0438
    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 (of course). The store carries more than 75 types of whiskey alone, including flasks from Kings County Distillery, New York City's oldest operating whiskey distillery. While you’ll have to purchase the small-batch whiskey, rum, grappa and moonshine made by the Van Brunt Stillhouse elsewhere, the distillery offers open houses the second Sunday of each month. Though awaiting its tasting license, you can book a 90-minute private tour with tasting privileges through Urban Daddy. Tours of Sixpoint Brewery, a local maker of limited-run and seasonal beers, are currently on hiatus because of renovations, but they are expected to resume next year. 

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