Cover image: Bridget Firtle of The Noble Experiment © Lise for WhereNYC
Spending the end of the week with Urban Adventures on their Brooklyn Brewery-Winery-Distillery Tour was the perfect way to kick off what felt like the first taste of summer in NYC. Tour-goers got a crash course on the history of boozing and booze-making in the New York City area, dating back to Prohibition, all the while enjoying some hidden gems of Brooklyn’s own craft beverages.
The first stop of the tour was the distillery the Noble Experiment in East Williamsburg / Bushwick. Guests escaped the sweltering temperatures outside and enjoyed a glass of crisp Chardonnay from Brooklyn’s very own rooftop winery, Rooftop Reds. A white blend was poured next, as founder Devin Shomaker spoke about his project and the rooftop’s production. Rooftop Reds is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and will welcome its first harvest this October. In the meantime, the rooftop winery hosts a variety of events during which wine aficionados can sample their production of wines created with grapes grown in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.
The Noble Experiment is home to the one-woman distillery of Owney’s Rum. With a spacious tasting room in the front and the rum distillery behind a large window in the back, the space is open to tours and tastings of the small-batch rum. Stepping into the distillery, the smell of molasses was strong, as founder Bridget Firtle explained the distilling process. The tour ended back at the tasting room, where visitors imbibed on the white rum (served on the rocks, as suggested by Bridget).
Interboro Spirits & Ales was the last stop on the tour. With IPA in hand, guests were welcomed into the distillery side of Interboro for a rundown of the various boozes produced there. At Interboro’s taproom, visitors can experience nine beers on tap from the brewery, whiskey from the distillery, or their canned gin and tonic made from their own distilled gin.
Urban Adventures’ carefully curated tour left attendees wanting for more as the last drops were indulged. With the list of craft beverage producers on their list of organized Brooklyn tours, there are many more left to experience!
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