Experience is the best teacher.


We are a unique and select group of industry professionals dedicated to the creation and promotion of the highest quality distilled spirits.


Tom Potter

Tom co-founded the Brooklyn Brewery in 1987, serving as CEO and Chairman of the Board. He is the co-author of
“Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery” and a past Executive Director of the American Institute of Wine & Food, currently serving as chairman of the AIWF Foundation.  Tom is also the director
of The Michael Jackson Education Fund, an internship named for the eponymous writer and lecturer
on beer and distilled spirits. 

Allen Katz

Allen is one of the nation’s leading experts on distilled spirits and cocktails. He is the Director of the Spirits Education & Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and is at the forefront of industry training in New York and around the country. He is renowned for his public and professional seminars on topics of America’s food and cocktail heritage and was previously the host of The
Cocktail Hour for Martha Stewart on SiriusXM. 

Bill Potter

Bill worked in the fine dining service industry for ten years before taking over the helm as Head Distiller for NYDC. He is a member of the American Sommelier Association, and gained his Spirits Specialist certification (CSS) from the Society of Wine Educators. Bill has also been a AASI level II certified snowboard instructor at Vail, Colorado.


Community Outreach

We are delighted to entertain opportunities to contribute to civic and other charitable endeavors. Our facility is available on Monday and Tuesday nights to host fundraisers and other related functions. For further information contact Samantha Katz at samantha@nydistilling.com

Public Relations

For media or other public relations queries please contact Rachel Harrison of Lion & Lamb Communications at rachel.harrison@lalcomm.com.