Explore BK Drink Local Week Launch Party

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Explore Brooklyn and Taste NY hosted the borough’s first-ever Drink Local Week, which featured exclusive deals at a variety of Brooklyn bars, restaurants, retailers and manufacturers. The program aimed to spread awareness of the thriving New York State-made craft beverage scene, and in turn to promote economic development throughout the borough. Drink Local Week introduced Brooklynites, New Yorkers and visitors alike to the great craft beverages produced here in New York State.

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Kings County Distillery

October 19th marked the beginning of Drink Local. The launch event spotlighted two Brooklyn craft beverage makers, Rooftop Reds and Kings County Distillery. Both businesses serve local spirits and wine out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Growing and producing in repurposed industrial spaces, Rooftop Reds and Kings County Distillery are prime examples of the expansion of the New York State-made craft beverage industry.

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Above, Rooftop Reds. Below, Kings County Distillery

For the second year in a row, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Taste NY partnered to spread awareness of the New York State beverage industry. Drink Local Week highlighted some the Borough’s finest manufacturers and gave New Yorkers a great excuse to drink locally at 40 participating venues featuring various promotions.

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Rooftop Reds

Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura addressed the crowd on the partnership. “It’s about economic development, and about supporting an industry that’s providing good-paying jobs for Brooklynites and for all New Yorkers,” he said. “And we’d like to help all of them and have some fun along the way.”

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Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura, center

Lindsey Boylan is Empire State Development’s Chief of Staff. ESD is the state’s umbrella organization for New York’s two principal economic development public-benefit corporations, the New York State Urban Development Corporation and the Job Development Authority. “One could argue that Brooklyn has the highest concentration of urban distilleries in the whole U.S.,” she said.

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Left to right, Carlo A. Scissura and Empire State Development Chief of Staff Lindsey Boylan

Devin Shomaker, Founder of Rooftop Reds and former SUNY student of Viticulture kindly donated a portion of the night’s proceeds to a scholarship fund. “We have seen success here; we want to give back to the community,” Shomaker said.

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Left to right, Stefan Fleming, Assistant Director of Industrial Development, Samuel Filler, Director of Industry Development, Empire State Development

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Left to right, Lindsey Boylan, Stefan Fleming, Samuel Filler, Carlo A. Scissura, Devin Shomaker, Mariela Estrella, George Quan, Mike Countryman, and Andrew Hoan

Brooklyn serves as both a hub of creation for craft beverage makers, as well as a prime market for sellers. The borough has a rich history of producing craft beverages, with some breweries and distilleries existing for over 100 years before being shut down by Prohibition. Today, there are over 20 craft beverage makers in Brooklyn. Explore BK, powered by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, introduced the new craft beverage trail maps for 2017, which feature breweries, wineries and distilleries from across the borough.

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Walter Murillejo, Explore Brooklyn Project Manager

The night winded down as guests savored flavorful wine, handmade moonshine and bourbon while enjoying the beautiful Brooklyn skyline. The makers were thrilled, and people had fun. Initiatives like Drink Local show Brooklynites and New Yorkers the vibrancy of the craft beverage scene here, and help to promote both economic development and the borough as a whole.

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Rooftop Reds

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Photo by Thomas Shomaker

Kings County Distillery

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Kings County Distillery

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Photo by Thomas Shomaker

Rooftop Reds

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