New York Distilling Company was co-founded in 2011 by Tom Potter (also the co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery), his son Bill Potter, and the mixologist, sommelier, spirits business consultant, and all-around booze-guru Allen Katz . The trio, committed to distilling flavorful spirits with sustainably-grown local ingredients, produce three varieties of gin and are currently aging an American rye whiskey. The Williamsburg distillery shares a glass wall with The Shanty,a lively bar where customers can sip creatively crafted cocktails within view of the Distilling Company’s steaming stills and towering barrel racks. On weekend afternoons, live music warms the space even more.



Free Saturdays & Sundays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Informal and do not require reservations

  • Tours include an explanation of the gin and whiskey distilling/production processes, a history of the distillery, and a sample of their current offerings.

  • Products are not for sale onsite

The Bar

  • The Shanty offers unique cocktails crafted with New York Distilling Co.’s products (as well as other spirits and brews).

  • Open Mon 6-12, Tue-Fri 6-2 a.m., Sat 3-2 a.m., Sun 3-12.

  • Live music at the Shanty begins Saturdays & Sundays at 4 p.m. 


Upcoming Events



  • Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin 
  • Dorothy Parker Gin 
  • Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin (unaged rye run through the still again with juniper berries and Cluster hops, then aged for three months in oak barrels)



  • Rye Currently aging a Rye whiskey in large barrels (hoping for a 2014 release)


Around the Distillery



Address 79 Richardson Street Brooklyn, NY 11211     Website      E-mail      Phone (718) 412-0874

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