RED HOOK — Red Hook is turning into a maker’s paradise with several purveyors of artisanal food and drink adopting the waterfront neighborhood as their home.
Here are a few ways you can explore Red Hook’s food and drink manufacturing scene:
► Bean-to-Bar Chocolate and Small-Batch Whiskey at Cacao Prieto
Location: 218 Conover St. at Coffey Street
Cacao Prieto’s chocolate factory doubles as a distillery for its artisanal spirits and liqueurs, including Widow Jane, its signature “urban bourbon.” Chocolate factory and distillery tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays.
► Whiskey and Rum Tours of Van Brunt Stillhouse
Location: 6 Bay St. at Otsego Street
► Meat-Centric Classes at Fleisher’s Meats
Location: 260 Conover St. on Pier 41
The “traditional, old-fashioned butcher shop” hosts grilling workshops and pork butchery classes through the summer.
Fleisher’s Meats also offers a butcher training program at its Red Hook facility.
► Chocolate-Making Classes and Tours at Raaka Chocolate
Location: 64 Seabring St. near Van Brunt Street
Price: $10 for the tour; $50 for each class
► Tours and Tastings at The Red Hook Winery
Location: 175 - 204 Van Dyke St. on Pier 41
Tastings are poured Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are also available for private tours and tastings.
► Coffee Roasting Sessions at Pulley Collective
Location: 175 Van Dyke St.
Pulley Collective offers an "Intro to Coffee Roasting" that includes a roastery tour and a class in roasting your own coffee. It's priced at $250 per person and requires a minimum of four people. The coffee roasting facility also offers an advanced class in roasting that caters to business owners. That is priced at $2,500.