The Red Hook Ride with 61 Local

61 Local

Free guided tour open to the public, with a $5 tasting and tour at Cacao Prieto and a $10 tasting at Red Hook Winery ($15 total).  Purchase tickets at brownpapertickets

61 Local is proud to announce the kick off of their summer bike riding series. Join us the first Saturday of every month as we traverse through Red Hook for an inside look into the process and production of some of Brooklyn’s finest crafts people, including Red Hook Winery, Sixpoint Brewery, Saxelby Cheese and many more. Each tour will include two stops, with ample time to sample the goods at each location and buy some tasty treats to take take home. Bring your own bike, or rent one from nearby establishments, like Bike Smith or Ride Brooklyn.

Our inaugural ride of the season will take place on June 2. Meet up at 61 Local at 11am with extra cash to grab a quick cup ‘o joe and some breakfast before we head over to our first stop, Cacao Prieto. With $5 you get a tour and tasting of their chocolate wonders, then we’ll pedal over to Red Hook Winery for their barrel tasting and tour of local wines ($10). We’ll even be sprinkling in some pauses by the water front so you can take in the waterfront views and history that make this area of Brooklyn so special. We’ll round out our day of two wheel transit back at 61 Local for lunch, beers, and good conversation sparked by a day of exploration.

What to bring: A bike, helmet (NO EXCEPTIONS), backpack to transport home any goodies you purchase along the way, water, sunglasses, and some cold hard cash for breakfast, products from our visits, lunch at 61 Local, and tips for your hard working cycling guides.
Saturday Jun 02, 2012 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

61 Local
61 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY

Kris De la Torre    347-763-6624
Web: http://www.61local.com

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The Brooklyn Brewsers Tour Cacao Prieto

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The Brooklyn Brewsers Tour Cacao Prieto

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The Brooklyn Brewsers had the privilege to tour Cacao Prieto in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Cacao Prieto is a combination; single origin, bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer and a small-batch rum distiller.

The Aesthetic

First off, the street was very lively with a large overflow crowd of patrons enjoying a beautiful day in the bar next door. Cacao Prieto is in a charming, re-purposed warehouse space that is replete with many focal points of eye candy. Brick walls and wide plank hardwood floors blend nicely with more modern, segmented glass walls that divide the retail space from the production space. Just beyond the retail space, the copper distiller looms like a shimmering sculpture…but more on that later. At the rear of the production space there is a inner courtyard with a tree juxtaposed against industrial facades. If you are into aesthetics, this is a great space to see in person.

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Red Hook Distillery

“Raised Spirits” at Cacao Prieto

The weekend has passed, but what a fun weekend!  After a fantastic evening at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic opening gala on Friday, I headed on over to my first MCC event on Saturday afternoon, the  Hands-On Distilling Workshop:  The Art and Science of Distilling.  The seminar was held at Cacao Prieto  in the Red Hook part of Brooklyn…

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heirloom scarlet barley

Heirloom Scarlet Barley

Our heirloom scarlet barley in process of malting. It is done germinating and is now being transferred to our dehydrator.

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Manhattan Cocktail Classic

The Art & Science of Distilling Workshop

As part of The Manhattan Cocktail Classic we are offering a Hands-On Distilling Workshop – The Art & Science of Distilling on Saturday May 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm, only a few tickets are still available. Hurry up!

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Gastronomics: Building a Megabusiness From the Ground Up (Literally)

By: Felix Salmon, from newyork.grubstreet.com

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The food business has even more startups than the tech business: Every new restaurant, coffee cart, farm, dairy, and butcher shop is a story of micro-entrepreneurship. (In the case of restaurateurs who think very small, the advantages are clear.) The model is pretty straightforward: Come up with the idea, find the space, get the money, find your ingredients (preferably local and/or organic), sell your value-added product. But a new breed of owners are flipping the equation.

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Ultimate Spirits Challenge rated our Don Esteban liqueur 90 points - 'Excellent, Highly Recommended'

Don Estaban Chocolate Liqueur Receives 90 points from Ultimate Beverage Challenge – “Excellent, Highly Recommended”

The Ultimate Beverage Challenge rated our Don Estaban Chocolate Liqueur 90 points in the 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. This high mark reflects the passion for Rum Liqueur we put into each bottle of organic Don Esteban sweetened rum, and we are delighted to report that the Don Esteban is rated as “Excellent, Highly Recommended.” See the full results on ultimate-beverage.com.

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Red Hook distillery in Brooklyn produces chocolate liqueur - cacao flavored rum & whiskey

Still Life: New York’s distillery boom revives a spirited tradition.

Story by Paul ClarkePhotos, from ImbibeMagazine.com

One thousand to one. As ratios go, this one’s pretty fierce. It’s also roughly the ratio of the number of small-scale distilleries scattered across New York at the state’s 19th-century peak to the number that existed in New York less than 10 years ago.

One thousand to one would also have been the likely odds of New York’s distilling industry ever bouncing back, had you wished to place a bet on such a thing in 1920, after the Volstead Act shuttered the state’s last legal distilleries. But some people are attracted to long odds, and when that happens, something that seemed less than possible can suddenly appear inevitable. As the old slogan for the New York State Lottery put it, “All You Need is a Dollar and a Dream”—a dollar doesn’t go quite so far nowadays, but a dream? That still counts for something.

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Our custom designed Copper Still

Red Hook Distillery Features Custom Designed Still

Our distillery’s custom designed copper still is the heart of our Brooklyn distilling operation. It was designed by Cacao Prieto founder Daniel Prieto and manufactured by Christian Carl, one of Europe’s oldest still makers. Our custom still is quite possibly the only fully automated, computer controlled still in the artisan distilling world.

Distillery Photos

Rectification Column

Rectification Column


Still Columns

Still Columns


Automatic distillation set up

Our automatic distilling set up in our Brooklyn location.

Cacao Prieto is located at 218 Conover Street, in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Click here to send us a message, or call us at (347) 225-0130.

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