New Jersey Issues Its First Distillation License Since Prohibition

Craft distilling? What exit?

Dirty Jerz has 45 licensed wineries, 11 craft breweries, and 14 brewpubs. And now for the first time since Prohibition, it has a licensed, commercial distillery, too. This week the Garden State’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control gave the state’s nascent craft liquor industry a huge boost when it issued Jersey Artisan Distilling a license to produce sweet, precious booze. According toe New Jersey Newsroom, co-owners Brant Braue and Krista Haley plan to begin production immediately, and that they hope to have a traditional, colonial-era rum — apparently Jersey was a hotbed for the stuff — on the market by April. Fruit-infused spirits made with fresh, locally-sourced produce (naturally), Jersey sweet-corn bourbon, and whiskey will begin hitting liquor store shelves sometime in 2015. [NJNR]