First liquor distillery since Prohibition opens in Fairfield; bottles rum

The first liquor distiller licensed in New Jersey since the Prohibition has reopened, producing its first batch of New Jersey-made rum for bars and stores

The first liquor distiller licensed in New Jersey since the Prohibition has reopened, producing their first batch of New Jersey-made rum for bars and stores across the state.

The first liquor distiller licensed in New Jersey since the Prohibition has reopened, producing their first batch of New Jersey-made rum for bars and stores across the state. (8/2/13)

FAIRFIELD - The first liquor distiller licensed in New Jersey since the Prohibition has reopened, producing its first batch of New Jersey-made rum for bars and stores across the state.

Jersey Artisan Distilling is housed in a warehouse in Fairfield. Krista Haley is thrilled with the results. "It's kind of crazy. It took 80 years, but somebody had to do it, and we were brave and crazy enough to try," she says.

Volunteers are filling each bottle by hand, and 6,000 bottles of a silver version of Busted Barrel rum will be on store shelves and in bars beginning Aug. 12.

Owners say they paid $12,000 for their license, but a bill awaiting Gov. Chris Christie's signature could lower that to less than $1,000.

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