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Brooklyn Brackets: Raaka vs. Kings County Distillery in Best Artisanal Spot

By Camille Bautista | March 24, 2015 7:29am | Updated on March 24, 2015 4:09pm
 Raaka Chocolate and Kings County Distillery go head to head for the title of Brooklyn's best artisanal spot.
Raaka Chocolate and Kings County Distillery go head to head for the title of Brooklyn's best artisanal spot.
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BROOKLYN — Pick your poison: chocolate or booze?

More than 1,000 voters sent bean-to-bar chocolatiers Raaka Chocolate and moonshine makers Kings County Distillery to the final round of DNAinfo’s Brooklyn Brackets of best artisanal spots.

The Red Hook craft chocolate factory reeled in nearly twice the number of votes as competitor Twig Terrariums, which received 360.

And fans of Ample Hills Creamery’s fun flavors were no match for whiskey lovers, as Kings County Distillery secured a spot in the top two with 669 votes.

Only one can claim the title as the borough’s artisanal champion. Who will it be?

Vote now for Brooklyn’s best homemade fare and don’t forget to check back for our other March Madness brackets, including the borough’s top burgers, bars, and desserts.  

Artisanal Spot Championship Round

RAAKA CHOCOLATE — 64 Seabring St. Less than six months have passed since Raaka Chocolate moved its artisanal bean-to-bar factory to Red Hook, but the chocolatiers have already made an impression on the neighborhood with classes, tours and tastings. Raaka's "virgin" chocolate bars are made with unroasted beans and organic ingredients that are soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan. Its signature bars include Dark with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Vanilla Roobois and Coconut Milk.

KINGS COUNTY DISTILLERY — 63 Flushing Ave. This distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard pumps out gin, moonshine and whiskey. Booze — created in traditional copper whiskey stills, fermented in locally built wooden barrels and made with corn and barley grown on a small farm onsite — doesn't get more artisanal than this.

— Reporting by Serena Dai, Janet Upadhye, Camille Bautista, Nikhita Venugopal, Rachel Holliday Smith, Leslie Albrecht. Graphic by Nigel Chiwaya.