The Best Maker Tours of the Year

The Kitchn's Best of 2012

This year we visited a few incredibly talented food artisans around the country. There was Brooklyn Soda Works, carbonated fruit soda makers from New York, and Salt & Straw, the ice cream innovators in Portland. There was a trip to Middle West Spirits, vodka makers in Columbus, Ohio, and a tour of Jester King, beer brewers extraordinaire from Austin. We even toured a traditional challah bakery in Bnei Brak, Israel. Scroll through a few of the most memorable tours here:TOP ROW
• 1 A Visit to Salt and Straw: Artisan Ice Cream in Portland, Oregon
• 2 A Visit To Brooklyn Soda Works: Weird & Wonderful Carbonated Fruit Sodas
• 3 A Visit to Jester King: Craft Beer in Austin
• 4 A Visit with Woodblock Chocolate in Portland, Oregon
• 5 A Visit with Agatha and Erin of Ovenly: Sweet, Salty Pastries & Bar Snacks

SECOND ROW
• 6 A Visit To Kumquat Cupcakery: Deliciously Sweet & Salty Mini Cupcakes in Brooklyn
• 7 A Visit to NW Elixirs: Artisan Hot Sauce in Portland, Oregon
• 8 A Visit To Easy Tiger in Austin: Handmade Heritage Breads & Sausages
• 9 Preparing for Shabbat: A Visit to a Challah Bakery in Bnei Brak, Israel
• 10 A Visit with Colin Howard of House Spirits Distillery in Portland, Oregon

THIRD ROW
• 11 Hand-Harvesting Salt from the Sea with Ben Jacobsen of Jacobsen Salt in Portland
• 12 A Visit with Suzanne Fuoco of Pink Slip Jams
• 13 A Visit to BakeShop: Kim Boyce's Whole Grain Bakery in Portland, Oregon
• 14 A Visit to Portland's Pacific Pie Co
• 15 Professional Kitchen Tour: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

BOTTOM ROW
• 16 Young and Kenneth's Winey Neighbor: A Boutique Wine Shop in Brooklyn
• 17 How Vodka Goes from Grain to Bottle: Middle West Spirits in Columbus, Ohio
• 18 A Tour of America's Test Kitchen

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2012 roundup!
From December 17 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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