Brooklyn is inhabited by makers galore. An outsized proportion of artists, designers, filmmakers, photographers, and writers thrives alongside individuals specializing in the production of fhandcrafted food and beverages. To understand how the Brooklyn artisanal movement came to flourish, read about these trailblazers below.
Rick and Michael Mast are two of Brooklyn’s best known dessert artisans. After dabbling in beer and coffee, the brotherly duo fixated on chocolate. They never really looked back. Their brand has expanded, and been scandalized, but the hand-crafted chocolates, chocolate cold-brew, and chocolate soda you can enjoy at MAST in Williamsburg remains popular to this day.
111 N. 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Nothing says artisanal delight like a meal made from artisanal foodstuffs and served in handcrafted dishware. Clair Catillaz’s interest in ceramics dates back to her childhood years, and her talent has only flourished since. Today, she creates bowls, mugs, teapots, kitchen tools, ovenware, and more using stoneware and porcelain clays and a manual kick wheel. Every piece is finished using a food-safe glaze. You can order Clam Lab products online and ship them anywhere.
Between 1929 and 2010, not a single bottle of whiskey was legally distilled in Brooklyn. Colin Spoelman and David Haskell are responsible for ending this spell. It took some serious research and accreditation, but the fruit of their efforts can be purchased at the same place where the spirits are distilled. Kings County Distillery, located in Brooklyn Navy Yard, distills and sells moonshine, several types of bourbon, chocolate whiskey, and grapefruit jalapeno moonshine.
299 Sands St.
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Kings County Distillery provides the liquor, and Morris Kitchen sells the cocktail mixers and syrups you need to make a mean Brooklyn cocktail. Originally from California, Kari and Tyler moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and 2006, respectively. At a monthly supper club gathering, the brother-sister duo conceived of the idea for a line of handcrafted syrups for use in food and drink. They use primarily local ingredients in their small-batch creations, which include ginger and spiced apple syrups. An agave lime cocktail mixer is the team’s newest creation. Morris Kitchen creations can be purchased online and in stores across the country.
A food-focused book club set the stage for the founding of Ovenly, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin’s brand of handcrafted desserts. Salty, sweet, and spicy flavors are represented in their cookies and cakes. Ovenly delivers locally, ships nationwide, offers catering services, and operates a bakery in Greenpoint.
31 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Raised in Rhode Island and Japan, Anne McClain’s childhood inspired her to appreciate quality and to create. Once settling on fragrances as her artisanal focus, McClain studied the history, techniques, and practices of perfumery in Grasse, France’s perfume capital. Anne and her sister Katie carefully craft every product in their line of inventory. MCMC’s products can be purchased online or through various vendors in Brooklyn and elsewhere.
From home-brew pickles to locally distilled whiskey to handspun ceramics, Brooklyn commerce is saturated with high-quality artisanal products. If you’re intrigued, explore the scene, sample its foodstuffs, and ship goods during your stay at NU Hotel Brooklyn.