Boon for NY state micro-distillers to sell at farmers’ markets & fairs

on 05/10/12 at 11:59 am

Booze News

Dozens of small booze-makers, such as Kings County Distillery at Brooklyn Navy Yard, now get access to ‘a whole set of consumers that you may not reach in the liquor store or bars’.

Governor Cuomo signed legislation allowing so-called micro-distilleries to sell their wares at farmers’ markets and fairs across the state.

The tiny distilleries have been proliferating thanks to a change in state law two years ago. At least 28 have gotten state licenses since then, including at about a half dozen within the five boroughs.

One of them, Kings County Distillery, operates out of the old Brooklyn Navy Yard, producing about 16 gallons of what it calls “handcrafted moonshine and bourbon” every day.

The company even grows corn on a lot next door, using the grain to make its alcohol.

Colin Spoelman, the company’s founder and master distiller, said the new law will give his burgeoning industry a major boost.