* Why “America’s first (legal) Black-owned distillery“? Du Nord didn’t set out for this title and wish it wasn’t possible to claim. The fact is many incredible spirits were expertly distilled by Black folks all the way back. They were erased. In 2013 when Du Nord opened their distillery, they saw no other Black or Brown faces in the industry. Du Nord decided to help change that in the hopes that someday those they’ve helped will exceed them.