Last week, I stopped by the coolest little tasting room I’d visited in a while. The space in question is the brand new storefront by Jersey Spirits Distilling Co., owned and operated by business partners John Granata, Susan Lord and Elizabeth MacDonald.
The craft distillery is located in Fairfield, New Jersey and features a stylish area in the front that can accommodate up to 35 imbibers with tables and a bar where liquor is poured and cocktails are mixed. There’s also a back room where Jersey Spirits’ custom still system is located and where tours are given from Wednesday through Sunday.
During my visit, I had the pleasure of sampling two of the featured cocktails: Jersey Mule and Moscow Mule. The Jersey version is made using the company’s Barnegat White Whiskey and it was just great. Since I’m a traditional Mule fan, I also tasted that version made using Main Street Vodka. While both were really enjoyable, and served in the appropriate cooper cups, the traditional version was my favorite.
Unlike other distilleries in the area, the entire process of mashing, fermenting and distilling is done in-house at Jersey Spirits’ Fairfield location. Everything is created in small batch, by hand with very little machinery outside of the still and transfer pumps.
In addition to the Main Street Vodka and Barnegat White Whiskey, Jersey Spirits plans to launch several other spirits before end of 2015 including DSP.7 Gin (infused with 13 different botanicals); Jersey Apple Hooch; Jersey Pumpkin Hooch;and Boardwalk White Rum. Limoncello and Orangecello are planned for release in time for this holiday season.
Jersey Spirits will be offering hands-on classes in Infusion in October 2015, Mixology in November, 2015 and a barrel sharing program will also be available to customers starting in October. Connect with these fine folks on Facebook to keep abreast of all the happenings.
The distillery is open Wednesday & Thursday 4-7pm, Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 1-9pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Private tours are available by appointment.
Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. – 1275 Bloomfield Avenue, Building 7, Unit 40B, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973-441-0947).