Brooklyn Distilled Walking Tour – In Person Tour

Explore history & whiskey on a unique Brooklyn outing

Reservations Required.

This outing explores the deep impact of distilling and brewing on the history of Brooklyn, the historic liquor-making capital of New York City and 18th century America.

Our walk through Vinegar Hill is part of a collaboration with the Kings County Distillery — Brooklyn’s oldest operating distillery. The first half is a walking tour through historic Vinegar Hill exploring three centuries of the urban alcohol industry. The second half of our outing explores the history of Kings County Distillery and, for all participants 21 years of age and older, a guided whiskey tasting.   The guided tasting takes place in the Gatehouse Garden and is led by a Distillery expert and includes four or five award winning Brooklyn bourbons (Straight Bourbon, Peated Bourbon and Bottled-in-Bond).  Additional whiskeys available for tasting and the Kings County Distillery shop is open!

History stops could include: the Howard & Fuller Brewing Company, the birthplace of Al Capone, and sites associated with the 1869-71 Whiskey Wars and distillers Havermeyer & Pierrepont.

Tour Info

Cost: $48
$38 Seniors, Active Military and Full-Time Students
Price INCLUDES walking & whiskey tasting.

Health & Safety Guidelines
For our in-person walking tours, see our FAQs below for information regarding our Stay Well NYC Pledge.

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Reservations and prepayment are required for Brooklyn Distilled. Price include a four or five (4-5) whiskey guided tasting.

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Whether you are looking to integrate a tour into your academic curriculm or entertaining out-of-towners, a Big Onion walking tour is a great way to experience the city.

For more information, or to arrange, please call (718) 499-3001 or email

Meeting Location

SE corner of Jay St & York St, next to the York St F train station.

Subway Trains
F train to York Street.

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Health & Safety Guidelines
Due to Covid-19, Big Onion has proudly signed the Stay Well NYC Pledge and we ask that all of our customers follow these guidelines as well.

Masks Are Required
Big Onion Walking Tours adheres to all New York City and State mask and social distancing requirements.

Social Distancing
On in-person tours, Big Onion will follow the recommended outdoor social distancing protocols and will be using audio technology to aid with hearing. Details will be provided in your booking confirmation.

Contact Tracing
Big Onion will securely retain client contact information for one month, for contact tracing purposes, if necessary.

The finest group of tour guides anywhere. Most of us are full-time graduate students researching and writing doctoral dissertations in history passionate about the history, architecture and people of New York.
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Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.

Time & Distance
All tours last approximately two hours. We start on time and walk between one and two miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.

Rain/Inclement Weather
Big Onion generally presents tours rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather please check our home page for notifications or call our hotline [(888) 606-WALK (9255) ext. 1], to confirm our schedule.

Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

Reschedule Policy
With 24+ hours prior to a walking tour, Big Onion offers a full credit for the value of the booking. Credits will be given as Gift Cards in dollar amounts. Gift Cards are good for two years and can be used on any Big Onion outing. Cancellations with less than 24 hours prior to the tour or no shows cannot be credited.

Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.

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