Craft Spirits and Craft Chocolate

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Photos © Dan Goldberger for Caskers.

Walk past the glass front of the red brick building on Conover Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and the first thing you notice is the cute little chocolate shop.  If you look a bit closer, you can see the vats of molten chocolate, and you know that Cacao Prieto is not just a chocolate store but is in fact a chocolate maker.  Once you step inside, you can smell that there’s something else going on here.  As you look around, you notice that some of the machines you assumed were part of the chocolate making process look quite a bit more like copper stills. And who barrels chocolate, anyway?

Cacao Prieto is simultaneously one of the most unusual artisanal chocolate makers and unusual distilleries.  Of course, this is a great thing.  In addition to the fine dark chocolate bars and candies (most of it 72% cocoa), Cacao Prieto uses its chocolate in both a chocolate rum (Don Rafael Cacao Rum) and a chocolate liqueur (Don Estaban Cacao Liqueur).  Both are excellent.  A coffee liqueur made specially for Brooklyn Roasters is coming soon, and we can’t wait to try it.

Then, of course, there is the Widow Jane Bourbon.  We can’t say enough good things about, so we had to offer it to our members on Caskers, starting Friday.  This limited edition (only 1,500 bottles) bourbon begins life in Kentucky.  After the folks at Cacao Prieto select the best barrels they can find, they bring them over to Brooklyn, where the whiskey meets with water from the Widow Jane Mine in upstate New York, the very same mine whose limestone is found in the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  This mineral-rich water infuses the whiskey with incredibly interesting, uncommon and uncommonly delicious flavors.  Widow Jane is an experience to be savored.

There are some interesting things happening in Red Hook these days, and a whole lot of them are happening at Cacao Prieto.


Blue Moon® and Chocolate

Blue Moon® and Chocolate, a Perfect Pairing:

Our head brewmaster, Keith, will tell you that selecting the right ingredients for a beer goes a long way in making it a great beer. The same goes for Daniel Preston and the crew at Cacao Prieto when they’re crafting their chocolate. It’s definitely some of the best chocolate we’ve had.

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If you are after main-stream, cookie-cutter, white bread, built for the masses destinations then PRECINKT is not for you.  Our mission is to avoid those places and instead challenge you to uncover local gems and make them your own.

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Wicked and Inspiring Cacao Prieto


WICKED & INSPIRING CACAO PRIETO - Monday, May 21, 2012 – by SweetFreak - A ridiculously delicious guide to the best sweets in New York and Paris.

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

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Brooklyn chocolatier has sweet spot for Dominican Republic.

“There’s an expression in chocolate: Every step is the most important step”


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Daniel Prieto Preston, an aerospace engineer and inventor, started and sold a company that specialized in neon sign electrodes, then developed satellite guided parachutes used by the U.S. military.

When he was done with that, in 2009, he turned his attention to something decidedly different and very challenging: making organic “beans to bar” chocolate.

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Los Prieto, una familia unida por el cacao


Written By: Silvina Sterin Pensel para EDLP  |  El Diario

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Muchos en el vecindario lo tildan de héroe; una suerte de redentor que le cambió la cara a esta zona de Brooklyn donde una enorme construcción en la esquina de las calles Conover y Coffey permaneció abandonada durante 22 años. Es él quien con una mezcla de agallas, confianza en el área y sobre todo en sí mismo, logró que este complejo de edificios de 1846 diera un giro de 180 grados convirtiéndolo en la fábrica de chocolate Cacao Prieto; una de las joyitas de Red Hook. “Siempre me encantó este barrio y no solamente trabajo aquí, vivo en el último piso”, dice Daniel Prieto, el hombre detrás de la idea y de casi todo en esta dulce iniciativa que, –a partir de este fin de semana– abre sus puertas al público en la que será la primera tienda de Cacao Prieto.

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

By: Felix Salmon, from

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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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Liquor barrels on display in our Red Hook, Brooklyn distillery.

From Rocket Science to the Language of Love: Chocolate at Cacao Prieto

By from the Huffington Post

Photographer and educator in New York.

The large brick building near Coffey Street in Red Hook had always caught my eye—-especially when it was renovated to create double-height 30+ foot ceilings and a correspondingly gigantic set of doors. There was always a bustle of people in and out, and it seemed that some sort of wonderful and top-secret operation was going on at all times.
It turns out that I was right in my suspicions. Behind those huge doors were bags and bags of cacao beans, and some magnificent machinery specially invented to create artisanal chocolates and correspondingly sweet rum. And seeing as Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, what better time to turn my lens to such a subject?

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Gourmet chocolate bars & bonbons on sale at our Valentine's day pop-up shop.

Valentine’s Chocolates Pop-up Store in SoHo

When: February 10-14, 11am-7pm

Where: E.R. Butler & Co, 55 Prince Street, New York NY

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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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