Jersey Artisan Distilling tours give guests a tasting of various spirits and a behind-the-scenes view of the first distillery to open in New Jersey since Prohibition. For a short time guests can purchase discounted tours on Groupon.
“If you could wake up tomorrow and do anything, what would it be?” Brant Braue’s life completely changed when his brother asked him this question in the autumn of 2010. Brant’s answer? He’d open a distillery—he just needed a partner. Luckily, he found Krista Haley, a local attorney looking for a similar change in her life, at a local craft brewery.
The two went on to create Jersey Artisan Distilling, a distillery focused on classic techniques. Their flagship spirit was Busted Barrel Rum, which comes in two varieties: Busted Barrel Dark Rum matures in white oak barrels and carries hints of vanilla and caramel; Busted Barrel Silver Rum is made with custom copper stills and Louisiana molasses. These and their other spirits have been profiled by the New York Times, New Jersey Monthly, and the Star Ledger—and Jersey Artisan Distilling was ranked among the top distillers in country by Thrillist_.
Jersey Artisan Distilling now supplies both variants to restaurants throughout New Jersey, but you don’t have to stray from the source to sip its signature rum. The distillery hosts tours and tastings—where tour participants get to be the first to try experimental spirits for future release before they hit store shelves—and the team invites guests to join them for special events such as bottling nights, one of the few events where people fill their bottles with liquid instead of tiny ships.
Choose Between Two Options
$19 for a tour and tasting for two ($40 value)
$35 for a tour and tasting for four ($80 value)
Each tasting includes three samples and a souvenir glass. Cocktails are also available to purchase for an additional fee. Tours are:
- Saturday: Open 2 p.m.–7 p.m. with tours starting at 2 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:45 p.m. Last call is at 7 p.m.
- Sunday: Open 12 p.m.–5 p.m. with tours starting at 12 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. Last call is at 5 p.m.
32 Pier Lane West
Fairfield, NJ 07004