The picturesque — and environmentally sustainable — Double Brook Farm in Hopewell is now becoming a tourist attraction, as well as a dining destination.
The newest entity to open at the farm is Sourland Mountain Spirits, New Jersey’s first new farm distillery since Prohibition, which will offer its inaugural batches of vodka and botanical gin starting Saturday, March 11.
Leading the new distillery is Ray Disch, pictured at right, the co-founder of Triumph Brewing Company on Nassau Street and more recently proprietor of Disch Real Estate and Total Home Manager, a Hopewell-based home maintenance company. Several Hopewell area businesspeople are also investors, including Jamie Griswold, managing partner of Community News Service, parent company of U.S. 1.
“I loved the thought of building a craft distillery in my adopted home and community, Hopewell. This area has so much to offer and we’re excited to be a part of it,” said Disch.
Visitors to the Sourland Mountain region will be able to visit the distillery for tours and tastings, take home bottles and souvenirs, and visit the Brick Farm Tavern for farm-to-table cuisine and a Sourland Mountain Spirits cocktail. There is also a craft brewery, Troon Brewing, on the property offering tours as well as growlers for sale.
Guided tours of up to 10 people can be scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays online at SourlandSpirits.com. The 30-minute tours begin at noon and the last one starts at 4 p.m. The tours start with a detailed description of the high tech distilling equipment, imported from Hungary, and distilling process, followed by a tasting at the Brick Farm Tavern. The cost is $15.
The distillery plans to add rum and applejack over the next year — sweet additions to the Sourland product list.
Sourland Mountain Spirits, 130 Hopewell-Rocky Hill Road, Hopewell. 609-333-8575 or www.sourlandspirits.com.