About Chief Gowanus Traditional New Netherland Gin
Allen Katz, co-founder of New York Distilling Co., together with Tom Potter, founder of Brooklyn Brewery, Katz opened the doors to the 5,000 square-foot New York Distilling Co. facility in Brooklyn (the distillery straddles the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint — one door to the distillery opens up to the Williamsburg zip code and the other to the Greenpoint zip code) in 2011. Since its launch, the distillery has produced a number of highly innovative and original spirits.
Chief Gowanus Gin is named after the legendary Gowanus, the great chief of the Canarsees in the days of Dutch Brooklyn. It is inspired by Dutch-Americana recipe discovered in the early 19th century by drinks historian Dr. David Wondrich. Essentially made from American rye whiskey, this "Holland gin" is distilled in the old Dutch colony of Brooklyn from grains grown in New York State.
The gin is produced from NY Distilling Co.’s unaged, double-distilled rye whiskey. This whiskey is distilled a third time through a traditional pot still, along with juniper berries and a handful of Cluster hops. These hops were most likely the variety used in the early 19th century. The resultant spirit is aged for three months in an oak barrel imparting smoothness to the gin.
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According to Winston Churchill, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire," referring to the British officers using it to treat malaria in India.
Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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