America's Coolest Distilleries

See how your favorite spirits are made at these craft distilleries—tastings most definitely included.

The Noble Experiment, Brooklyn, NY

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Bridget Firtle already stands out as a woman in the male-dominated world of distillation. But it’s her character that really impresses. Determined to follow her dream, Firtle quit her job at a New York hedge fund and moved in with her parents to build her distillery from scratch. After enduring city inspections, fixing an exploding boiler, and working like mad to build up inventory, she personally visited every bar, restaurant, and liquor store that she hoped would carry her first product: Owney’s NYC Rum. The payoff? One sip of the smooth spirit, and buyers were scrambling to fill out order forms.

Tours: Saturday at 4 p.m.; $10; tnenyc.com.

America's Coolest Distilleries

The Noble Experiment, Brooklyn, NY

Bridget Firtle already stands out as a woman in the male-dominated world of distillation. But it’s her character that really impresses. Determined to follow her dream, Firtle quit her job at a New York hedge fund and moved in with her parents to build her distillery from scratch. After enduring city inspections, fixing an exploding boiler, and working like mad to build up inventory, she personally visited every bar, restaurant, and liquor store that she hoped would carry her first product: Owney’s NYC Rum. The payoff? One sip of the smooth spirit, and buyers were scrambling to fill out order forms.

Tours: Saturday at 4 p.m.; $10; tnenyc.com.

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