Get Your Hands on Kings County's Rare Peated Bourbon

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Liz Barclay
Upon opening in East Williamsburg in 2010, Kings County Distillery (63 Flushing Avenue) became the city's first post-Prohibition distillery. Although co-founder and master distiller Colin Spoelman could trace his roots back to the land of bourbon, he was clearly influenced by the single-malt tradition. Copper stills were imported from Scotland, and malted barley played heavily in the mash bill of his whiskey. After four years of steady growth -- and a relocation to a larger facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard -- Kings County readies itself for an added infusion of scotch-like flavors to its lineup. Spoelman discussed details with the Village Voice.

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This Is Why New York's Craft Spirits Scene Is Booming

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Van Brunt via Facebook
It's not often that we see creatives and the government come together to make positive change, but the farm beverage laws are beautiful examples of such a phenomenon. Farm brewery, distillery, winery, and cidery regulations all went through significant revisions in 2012, thanks to Governor Cuomo. In 2013 and 2014, those changes began to take effect, and now, new drinking holes and stellar drams are the enjoyable result of the loosened statutes.

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El Buho: How Three New Yorkers Started a Mezcal Company

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Photo courtesy El Buho Facebook page
Eight years ago, TJ Steele wanted to bring farm-to-table Mexican cuisine to New York City. He traveled around the country, researching, eating, studying, while working on putting together the concept. His stop in Oaxaca would put him on a completely different path. After visiting numerous mezcaleros, Steele would go on to start El Buho Mezcal with two other New Yorkers.

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Descendant Cider, New York City's First Cidery, Launches Just in Time for Cider Week

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Courtesy Descendant Cider
Jahil Maplestone has been a homebrewer for years, but he started making cider for his wife, who put up with his hobby but didn't drink beer. The more cider he made, the more interested the couple became in the beverage, but when they went to shops to try to buy cider, they found the selection lacking. So they decided to launch a cidery, dubbed Descendant Cider.

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A Guide to Visitable Brooklyn Distilleries

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Photo courtesy Van Brunt Stillhouse facebook page
Brooklyn is known as DIY paradise -- to the point in which the artisanal ethos has become a hipster caricature. From handmade chocolate and cheese ageing caves to Etsy-style boutiques selling reclaimed coffee tables, the borough is known for creating small batches of just about everything. It may be a cliche, but the edible and drinkable products that have come out of this movement also taste pretty damn good (even if most of them are costly).

With changes in New York state law over the course the past decade, this movement has also paved the way for a slew of small batch liquor companies. And many are willing to let you in on their tips and tricks. Whether you want to learn how to make your own booze or just want to drink around town, here's a guide to Brooklyn's visitable distilleries.

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Your Best Bets for Astoria Restaurant Week

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New York Dog House
Astoria Restaurant Week launched with a party at Astoria Bank, where several of the nearly 50 participating restaurants offered guests a preview of what will be on offer from September 19 through 28. If you're curious about exploring this international neighborhood's culinary landscape, pick up a pass, which nets you special deals as well as prix fixe lunches and dinners. Astoria's a haven for enthusiastic eaters, thanks to micro-neighborhoods like Little Egypt, rustic Greek spots that have been around for ages, and dozens of newcomers each season; here are your best bets for dining well this week.

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Here's How to Make an Award-Winning Bloody Mary

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When we hit the weird and wonderful NYC Hot Sauce Expo a few weeks back, we witnessed the crowning of the best bloody mary in the city via the final round of a contest that had started with preliminary mix-offs throughout the boroughs. At the end of it all, the judges bestowed the honors upon Staten Island's Sean McAuliffe, who slings drinks at Daddy O's BBQ & Sports Bar (35 Androvette Street, Staten Island, 718-948-3333).

McAuliffe has generously shared his recipe with us -- mixing it up seems like the right way to ring in the weekend. Or you could trek out there and have one at the bar.

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"No Sissy Drinks:" Catskill Provisions Marries Honey and Rye Whiskey

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Catskill Provisions
Before Catskill Provisions founder Claire Marin started working with bees, she wanted to work like them. "I was very much taken by their work ethic and how it's a one-for-all type of society," she explains. "When I managed sales teams, it was my goal to make us more like a beehive so that we could be more efficient and supportive of each other."

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Hack the Bar: What to Order When the Boozy Pickings Are Slim

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Pink gin: A good low-faith order in a bad bar.
If you're not already hunkered down in your hometown for a lot of festive family time, you're likely steeling yourself for the massive transit clusterfuck that awaits. Our advice if you're in the latter boat: Drink, but no so much that you can't navigate the eighth circle of hell that is Penn Station during the holidays or figure out a gate change when your flight is, inevitably, delayed. You'll likely find yourself in a mediocre airport (or train station) bar to accomplish that nerve-soothing pre-gaming, and once you're home, your bar choices might be limited to the types of joints that pour mass-produced beer, crappy sour apple martinis, or highballs with plastic jug whiskey (but hey, you still need a cocktail, because families are stressful). So here is our early Christmas present to you: A guide to hacking the bar -- any bar -- and drinking well, even when your boozy pickings are slim.

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Five Spots to Celebrate Repeal Day and Repeal Day Eve

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Celebrate the fact that alcohol dumping like this no longer happens.
The time has come again to celebrate your imbibing ancestors who fought for your right to party. We're talking about Repeal Day, of course, which is tomorrow, December 5 -- and this year is extra special, because it's the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are five spots where you can raise a glass to the rectifying of that great mistake.

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