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Top 5: Distilleries in New Jersey

by Katie Skrzek

Feb 10, 2021

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New Jersey offers visitors a variety of craft brewery and winery options throughout the state, but distilleries are becoming more and more popular within the Garden State. Add these to your list for your next New Jersey visit.


Cape May Distillery
Founded in 2015 at the New Jersey shore, Cape May Distillery specializes in rum, particularly its flavored options including blueberry, toasted coconut and strawberry banana. If rum isn’t your thing, there are gin, whiskey and vodka options, too. The tasting room is open to the public Thursday–Sunday.


Claremont Distillery
The award-winning distillery is known for its vodka, named a top 100 spirit by Wine Enthusiast in 2016. Claremont also offers bourbon and moonshine from its Fairfield, New Jersey, location. The tasting room is open Friday and Saturday.


Jersey Spirits
Located a short drive from Claremont Distillery, Jersey Spirits is another must-see distillery in the state. Its offering of small-batch spirits includes vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, bourbon and hooch. Curbside pickup is available, or sample a signature cocktail in the tasting room Friday–Sunday.


Little Water Distillery
Little Water Distillery is located a few blocks from the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Drinkers can choose from rum, whiskey, vodka and gin. Little Water spirits are for sale at local liquor stores and bars and restaurants. Check the website for a full listing.


Striped Lion Distilling
The couple-owned distillery in Woodbury, New Jersey, specializes in different varieties of rum. Opened in November 2020, Striped Lion is the newest distillery on this list. It is open Friday–Sunday for retail sales, and the tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday.


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