Jersey Spirits Opens Distillery in Fairfield

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Business partners John Granata, Susan Lord and Elizabeth MacDonald have opened Jersey Spirits Distilling Co, a craft distillery in Fairfield, New Jersey. Jersey Spirits has developed their own custom still system and the entire process of mashing, fermenting and distilling is done in-house – they offer tours and tastings Wednesday-Sundays and can accommodate 35 plus people in their tasting room where their hand-crafted spirits are available as specialty cocktails, shots and in bottles. Their product can also be found in local New Jersey bars, restaurants and liquor stores sometime in October.

One of only a handful of craft distilleries in New Jersey, Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. has launched their first distilled spirits products Main Street Vodka and Barnegat White Whiskey. The essence of New Jersey is in all they do – from ingredients used in the distilling process to the reclaimed items from 1800’s NJ farm barns used to craft their bar and tables to the names of all their products – Brett Strother, a local NJ artist, was hired to illustrate their product labels.

All the Jersey Spirits products are created using the base grain of corn except for the rum which uses Grade A fancy table molasses (not black strap). The Bourbon/Whiskeys incorporate rye, barley malt, and wheat accordingly. Jersey Spirits spent grain goes to a local farm to feed 70 (very happy) head of cattle. Everything is created small batch by hand with very little machinery outside of the still and transfer pumps. The American Whiskey and Bourbon are aged in new, charred American oak barrels. Rum and single malt whiskies will be aged in those same barrels on their second and third generations. Jersey Spirits is using an assortment of 5, 10 and 30 gallon barrels that are carefully monitored and blended where necessary to get their specific taste profiles.

Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. 1275 Bloomfield Avenue, Building 7, Unit 40B, Fairfield, NJ Website

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