The Noble Experiment NYC

23 Meadow Street Brooklyn NY 11206


The Noble Experiment NYC

At the turn of the 20th Century, and prior to “The Noble Experiment”, New York City was home to thousands of thriving distilleries.  When the National Prohibition Act was implemented in 1920, tens of thousands of illegal, and often homemade, stills used by both small and large bootleggers were believed to produce moonshine throughout the city.  Since the abolishment of the infamous act and failed experiment, the domestic small batch distilling industry of the US has been largely dormant due to prohibitive legislation.  The exorbitant legislation has provided the big, multinational corporations the opportunity to supply the market with product from overseas or continuously-distilled, large scale alternatives.

In 2012, Bridget C Firtle, established The Noble Experiment NYC to bring the timeless tradition of rum distilling back to New York City. The company aims to produce all natural, premium quality distilled spirits distinctive to New York City through the use of 100% domestic ingredients.  Small batch, hand-crafted spirits were once a thing of the past – our dream is to reinvent this industry once again alongside the continued growth and rebirth of the cocktail.

The Noble Experiment NYC welcomes visitors for tours.  Please check “Tours, Tastings & Events” tab on our website for available dates and times.  For additional information :

Help us bring back distilling to New York City — Drink Local.

Our Unique Rum Distillation

Rum was America’s first spirit and we strive to bring rum back to NY by creating a really unique style.  Our one-of-a-kind ingredients combined with a long, cold fermentation philosophy and low-rectification distillation leads to a rum we think is awesome!

The Noble Experiment NYC employs hand crafted – cane-to-glass – production techniques all implemented by Bridget herself!  Our philosophy resides in that the finest, freshest ingredients lead to the finest distillates.  That means at The Noble Experiment NYC we source only the highest quality, organic molasses.  Additionally, The Noble Experiment NYC doesn’t use any coloring, flavoring, or other preservatives in its production.

The Noble Experiment NYC Products

Owney’s NYC Rum
The first spirit Americans drank was Rum.  The rum was distilled domestically from molasses (the by-product of sugar production) shipped from the British colonies in the tropics.  These early Americans used rum for imbibing as well as currency.  The first distillery on record in this country (c 1664), was located on present day Staten Island – it produced rum.  Unfortunately, the domestic rum industry dried up when the British imposed the Molasses Tax.  Farmers then began moving west, growing grains and distilling whiskey.  The Noble Experiment NYC seeks to bring native rum back to the US.

We are super excited about our first baby – Owney’s NYC Rum — a distinctive, complex, dry white rum made from high quality/sugar content, all-natural, non-GMO molasses.  Check out for more info — And stay tuned for infusions and various barrel aged expressions!

The Noble Experiment NYC Tours

Distillery tours take place on Saturdays @ 4pm.  The fee for the tour & taste is $10.


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