The Best Distilleries in New York State

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When people think of American born-and-bred distilled spirits, they usually think of the bourbons, whiskeys, and moonshine of Kentucky and Tennessee. But thanks to a series of government grants promoting “agritourism” and the craft beverage industry, the state of New York is now proudly holding its own in this boozy battle. From hip tasting rooms in industrial Brooklyn to sprawling estates in the rural Adirondacks, New York is learning to embrace its roots—the first commercial distillery in North America in 1640 was in good ole Staten Island, with the number of distilleries in the state reaching the hundreds until Prohibition hit and basically ruined everything. But luckily for visitors to the region, New York is now on the forefront of the American distillery industry, with plenty of bourbons, ryes, gins, and vodkas getting produced here. Take a pit stop at these great local distilleries to learn about the distilling process and sample some fantastic spirits.—Amanda Sadlowski

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