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Black Dirt Distillery Brandy and Bourbon, Pine Island, N.Y.
Black Dirt Distillery co-founders and managing partners, Jason Grizzanti (right) and Jeremy Kidde (left), are not new to the distilling business. Both Grizzanti and Kidde have been making and selling distilled spirits since 2002 with the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. Over the last decade they have produced and distributed a number of award winning brandies and liqueurs under the American Fruits brand in addition to their critically acclaimed Warwick gin, They recently introduced the Black Dirt line of bourbon and apple jack.
Black Dirt Distilling, LLC was formed in March, 2012. In order to meet the demand of the newly crafted and already renowned Black Dirt Bourbon and Black Dirt Apple Jack, born at the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, the construction of a 4,000 square foot distillery along with a 60 foot distillation column was completed in Pine Island, NY in 2013. The new distillery will be able to produce twenty times the amount of past production.
The new Black Dirt Distillery expands upon the years of experience in both distillation and marketing that co-founders and managing partners Jason Grizzanti and Jeremy Kidde have accumulated. As the first micro-distillery in New York State, over the last decade, they have produced and distributed a number of award winning brandies and liqueurs under the American Fruits brand in addition to their critically acclaimed Warwick gin. Now, using ingredients sourced directly from the Black Dirt region, these entrepreneurs are creating some of the most vibrant spirits to emerge on the market in generations.
Kings County Distillery Moonshine and Bourbon
Brooklyn, New York
This Distillery goes local almost all the way. Kings County Distillery’s Moonshine is a corn whiskey made from 80% New York State organic corn and 20% Scottish malted barley. Their Bourbon is made from New York State organic corn and malted barley from the U.K
They make whiskey just for their own label: they never buy bulk whiskey from any other source.
First located in a 325 square-foot room in East Williamsburg, Kings County began as the smallest commercial distillery in the country, with five 24-liter stainless steel stills making whiskey seven days a week, 16 hours a day.
In 2012, the Distillery moved into the Paymaster Building in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, just steps from legendary site of the Brooklyn Whiskey Wars of the 1860s and the former distillery district of the waterfront.
The distillery also grows corn and barley at a small farm onsite, and spent grain is recycled as compost and pig feed. They offer tours and tastings every Saturday and private whiskey tastings and events.