On Wednesday, December 10th, ArtLab joined Kings County Distillery to revel in the art + science behind the warmest of winter drinks: whiskey.
The evening kicked off with a special tour of Kings County Distillery, giving us the inside scoop on how they distill their much-celebrated moonshine + bourbon. Following this behind-the-scenes look, ArtLab founder, Maryam Zaringhalam, sat down with Master Blender and chemical engineer Nicole Austin for a conversation about the chemistry, biology, and artistry behind crafting the perfect whiskey drink.
Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine and bourbon out of the 115-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They use New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make distinctive whiskey. Their whiskeys have won numerous awards from the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association, and their bourbon was recently named #2 craft bourbon by Eric Asimov of the New York Times. They only distill whiskey for the Kings County Distillery label and never buy bulk whiskey from any other source.