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A Crafty Afternoon Around Red Hook

Bourbon! Bean-to-bar chocolate! Barbecue! Brooklyn’s Red Hook proves that you *can* have it all.

Landing in the seaside neighborhood is much easier nowadays, so slip on your boat shoes for a day trip devoted to exploring the area’s bountiful selection of distilleries and spirit factories.

TOUR: Raaka’s Bean-to-Bar Factory

Cocoa-laced aromas lead chocolate lovers inside the warehouse factory, where modern-day Willy Wonkas are hard at work grinding, milling, tempering, and molding the single-origin bars. Tours and classes are held Friday through Sunday, but unofficial tastings are offered every day. 64 Seabring Street

DRINK: Artisanal Bourbon at Van Brunt Stillhouse

When you visit this spirits house, located in a former paint factory, you never know what you’re going to get from its barrels. Van Brunt is notorious for experimenting with flavor profiles, but expect to sample some award-winning single-malt whiskeys, rum made with unprocessed sugars, and America’s first handcrafted soju6 Bay Street

TASTE: Some More Spirits at Widow Jane Distillery

This distillery produces some of the smoothest bourbons and whiskeys outside of Kentucky. The rustic spot is open enough that you can give yourself an informal tour before trying out the goods during an $8 tasting of five of Widow Jane’s most distinct spirits. 218 Conover Street

EAT: Gut-Busting Ribs at Hometown Bar-B-Que

Soak up all of the liquor you just drank at Billy Durden’s global-inspired barbecue mecca. Get in line for lamb belly by the pound, Vietnamese hot wings, and beef ribs that would make Fred Flintstone cry in adoration. 454 Van Brunt Street

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