Manhattan’s first whiskey distillery in over 100 years has opened
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Wisps of smoke cover a glass filled with bourbon whiskey and ice inside a 28,000 square foot whiskey distillery in NoHo.
Great Jones Distilling Co. is the borough’s first and only whiskey distillery since Prohibition, which ended just over 100 years ago.
The four-story distillery, which opened last month, spanned six years and faced many hurdles to get started.
âIn order to understand what distillation is in New York City, you have to understand the zoning it takes to be a distillery,â said Andrew Merinoff, 31, project manager of Great Jones Distilling Co. âAfter a year and a half. of research, we finally landed at 686 Broadway.
In the distillery is a 500 gallon jar made by VendÃ´me.
âThe room that this still is locked in is completely explosion-proof,â Merinoff said. “Air can be drawn in in 90 seconds, making it one of the safest stills in the world.”
Although the distillation takes place on site, the aging of the whiskey began at Black Dirt in upstate New York five to six years ago and will continue to be sent to Black Dirt for the aging process.
âWhiskey is definitely one of the most difficult spirits to make,â said Merinoff. “It’s a labor of love.”
Great Jones Distilling Co. is the brainchild of Juan Domingo Beckmann, Managing Director of Jose Cuervo. The distillery includes a cocktail bar, restaurant, event space and sweatshop.