From the NYT’s Diner’s Journal:
“Whiskey nerds” is how George Ruotolo and his brother, Justin, describe themselves. With another partner, Rob Magill, they own bars, including The Whiskey Brooklyn, next to which they have carved out a wee dram of a shop with more than 100 different whiskeys. (They like to say 99 at any given time.) Most are bourbons, ryes and blended whiskeys made in America, often by craft distillers from Brooklyn to Berkeley, Calif.
They also stock their own smooth, fairly light-bodied blended Kentucky whiskey, called Tom Lawless after a Ruotolo maternal grandfather. Whiskies from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Japan also line the towering shelves, along with a couple of gins, a vodka and a rum. Down the road, some brandies will be crammed into the compact space. Jonathan Wingo, who runs the store, can tell you everything you need to know. He will pour tastes of the ones he has opened, but the bar next door, the Whiskey Brooklyn, has more of them, and will serve tasting flights.
The Whiskey Shop, 44 Berry Street (entrance on North 11th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 384 7467, is open 3 to 11 p.m. weekdays, except Tuesday, when it is closed; and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Tom Lawless is $38 for a liter. A tasting flight of three whiskeys is $18 at The Whiskey Brooklyn.