Bridget Firtle, a Rockaway Beach native and former financial analyst, founded The Noble Experiment in 2011. The rum distillery is an homage to two different memories of Prohibition-era New York: the name was a term used by temperance proponents to describe the 18th Amendment and the distillery’s only spirit is named after Owney “The Killer” Madden, a notorious rum-runner and gangster of the era.
Firtle designed the East Williamsburg warehouse to facilitate her one-person distilling method. Before hiring her first employee earlier this year, Firtle ran tours, distilled, distributed and promoted her rum single-handedly. A small volume of rum is currently aging for future consumption.
$10 Saturdays at 4pm
Tours must be pre-booked online here
Every tour is run by Firtle and they detail her transition into the distilling world, a brief history of rum in NYC and her specific distilling process
No products are sold onsite, but the tour includes a tasting of Owney's and other seasonal offerings
Owney's Rum Seasonal Rum infusions