Late last month, the American Distilling Institute awarded the Farm Distillery of The Year award to Hopewell, New Jersey-based Sourland Mountain Spirits distillery. The ADI is a national association and guild with over 800 craft distillery members nationwide, founded 15 years ago and still run by Bill Owens. The award was presented to Souland Mountain Spirits’ founder, Ray Disch, together with three other medals for their New Jersey small batch spirits: Silver for their silver rum, and a Bronze each for their vodka and barrel-aged gin.
Sourland Mountain Spirits, established in 2015, is New Jersey’s First Farm Distillery Since Prohibition. It resides on Double Brook Farm, behind the authentic farm-to-table restaurant, Brick Farm Tavern. Sourland Mountain Spirits’ dedication to the farm-to-flask movement is evident in their sourcing and sustainability efforts for all of their spirits. They use local grains, such as corn and rye, from Zeng Family Farm in Ringoes, NJ, a few miles up the road from the distillery.
Last year at the ADI awards, Sourland Mountain Spirits took home a silver medal for their botanical gin and a bronze medal for their vodka. The spirits are available for purchase statewide at liquor stores and are often featured in craft cocktails at bars and restaurants throughout New Jersey. A full list of restaurants, bars, and liquor stores carrying and serving Sourland Mountain Spirits can be found on their website.
You can visit Sourland Mountain Spirits and experience a day in the Hopewell farmlands with a tour and tasting before or after a delicious and sustainable meal at the Brick Farm Tavern. Sourland Mountain Spirits is located at 130 Hopewell Rocky Hill Rd, Hopewell, NJ 08525. Visit SourlandSpirits.com to learn more about the distillery and schedule your tour. For questions, call 609-333-8575.