Brooklyn Vodka from a Homemade Distillery
By Zach Campbell
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
SUNSET PARK– Max Hames showed up to his first day of work at Industry City Distillery expecting to find large copper stills, towering fermentation tanks, a bottling line and all the other tools of the vodka maker’s trade. Upon entering his new workplace, a completely empty Sunset Park warehouse space, Hames quickly learned that this distillery ran a little differently.
Industry City Distillery’s top-floor Sunset Park warehouse space now feels a bit more like the loft of a Bushwick chemist than a commercial vodka plant. Bicycles hang from the ceiling, cookware is strewn about the communal kitchen in varying states of cleanliness, and numbered beakers, bottles and jugs full of clear liquid dot every visible surface. Next to the leftovers from lunch, a contraption clamped to a vertical beam on the table brews coffee into an oversized beaker, slightly cracked and marked by the milliliter.