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Laird & Company in Scobeyville receives License No. 1 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, becoming the country’s first licensed distillery.
NJ is home to upwards of 388 different distilleries.
The 18th Amendment triggers Prohibition, killing the Garden State’s distilling industry.
Prohibition is repealed with the 21st Amendment.
Laird’s stops distilling in NJ.
Craft-distillery license bill is introduced to the state Senate.
March: Jersey Artisan Distilling receives plenary license, becoming NJ’s first new distillery in 94 years.
August: Governor Chris Christie signs legislation that changes NJ’s distilling laws, allowing artisanal distillers to open. Annual cost is lowered from $12,500 to $938.
December: Craft-distillery license law goes into effect.
Cooper River Distillers receives first craft distilling license.
Cooper River, Camden County’s first craft distillery, closes.
NJ distilleries quickly begin producing hand sanitizer in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.Click here to leave a comment