In December of 2014, Sourland Mountain Spirits founder Ray Disch created a local distillery in his hometown of Hopewell, located in the Sourland Mountains.
The Sourland Mountains with their rich history of farmers, bootleggers, rebels, patriots, fine craftsmen, and artisans, is the perfect setting for the distillery. Drawing from an aquifer at the base of the Sourland range, our spirits are made using pure water filtered through micro-fractures in the geologic formations of the mountains, protected by the largest contiguous forest in central New Jersey.
At each stage of the distilling process we strive for the highest standards of flavor, aroma, quality, and consistency. Our commitment is not just to make Sourland Mountain Spirits a success, but also to bring a locally made, handcrafted, and sustainable product to the great state of New Jersey (and beyond) that we can all be proud of.
Within the first few months of distilling, our gin and vodka were already winning awards for quality and distinctive taste. The American Distilling Institute and San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded our gin silver medals, noting its exciting fragrant, bold, and aromatic flavors.
Our bronze medal-winning vodka was cited for its crystal clear, well-balanced properties. From the Wine Enthusiast in 2019 our Barrel Aged Gin received a 92 rating and in 2018 our gin garnered 92 points. Our Silver Rum also scored a 92 rating from the Wine Enthusiast.
From the American Distilling Institute in 2018 we also medaled with our Silver Rum winning silver, our Barrel Aged Gin winning a bronze, and our Vodka also a bronze medal. In the New York International Spirits competition in 2017 we were New Jersey’s Gin Distillery of the Year and our gin took silver with our vodka taking bronze.
We make a variety of spirits and currently have at the distillery our gin, vodka, silver and spiced rum, and apple brandy (which is made with local Terhune’s apples). All of our products are gluten-free. To find out where to buy our spirits go to our web site: www.sourlandspirits.com and enter your zip code.
We also have a wonderful tasting room bar that is open at the distillery from 5 to 8 p.m Thursday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Come and imbibe delicious, hand-crafted cocktails made with our fresh spirits and sit out back behind the distillery to enjoy the beautiful Double Brook Farm scenery.
Tours and Tastings are offered on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Sign up is on our website.