Making Rye Whiskey at New York Distilling Co.
In a 5,000-square foot barn by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the New York Distilling Company is working on some whiskey. One thousand of the barn’s square feet belong to a bar, The Shanty, and the remaining 4,000 is a cavernous distillery. Most days, it’s a one-man show, with Bill Potter overseeing tanks, thermometers, bags of grain, empty bottles, labels, and barrels and barrels of aging whiskey. At the centerpiece of the action, there’s Carl, a big, beautiful custom-built copper and stainless steel still.
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Making Pruno (Prison Wine That Can Kill You)
Brian and Jason fully expect Modern Rogue to land them some jail time, so they’re preparing themselves by learning how to make prison wine with the barest of essentials. Seriously though, don’t make or drink Pruno. Best case scenario you’ll probably feel miserable and have diarrhea, worst case you’ll be paralyzed and die and also not be drunk.