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Bushwick Distilleries: A Guide

Compared to beer and wine-making, distillation is a violent process. Where the former substances gently bubble away under fermentation’s yeasty ministrations, distillates like whiskey, gin, rum, and tequila, result from the hellish boiling of already-fermented liquids and the subsequent condensation of highly concentrated vapors. According to Colin Spoelman, founding owner of Kings County Distillery, Staten Island was the home to America’s first distillery, a nameless entity the nature of whose output is similarly lost in time. Prohibition decimated Brooklyn’s already crippled distilling industry, which here for the full article.

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