N.J. grants its first distillery license

via www.jerseyartisandistilling.com

Folks have been getting brewery licenses for some time, but now a distillery license has been issued by New Jersey - the first such move since Prohibition.

The recipient is Jersey Artisan Distilling in Essex County, which hopes to debut handcrafted rum as its first product by Memorial Day, according to an article in the Star-Ledger.

A license is costly. Breweries and wineries pay $938 a year for a license, while distilleries must pay $12,500, the article quotes an official with the ABC.

Other distilleries will surely follow. For at least two years, Cooper River Distillers has been trying to start a distillery in Camden.

On the Pennsylvania side, there's Philadelphia Distilling (which was the first legal distillery in Pennsy since Prohibition when it opened in 2006) and more recently, Pollyodd (the charming maker of limoncello and other 'cellos).