Free The Hooch

Over at American Drink, Kim Lisagor looks at America’s craft distilleries and The Breuckelen Distilling Company in Brooklyn, which opened in July 2011.  It’s the borough’s first gin distillery since Prohibition ended.

Imagine if America’s bars had nothing but Bud on tap, and restaurants only poured Gallo. Or if you had to ignore your hankering for carne asada and onions on a fresh tortilla because the only taco allowed this side of the border was Taco Bell.

Scary and un-American, right? But that’s pretty much been this country’s liquor situation for decades.

The U.S. booze industry is dominated almost entirely by corporate behemoths—Diageo, Brown-Forman and a handful of others account for 99% of domestic liquor sales. When the American Distilling Institutestarted counting craft distilleries in 2003, there were only 65 in the entire nation.

One thing that was great about living in Portland was there were craft distilleries in abundance. I reckon there’s like ten right in the city and they are all really great.

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