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NJ issues first distiller's license since 1933

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

New Jersey has issued its first distillery license since Prohibition ended in 1933.

The action clears the way for Jersey Artisan Distilling to begin producing rum at its plant in Fairfield.

Alcoholic Beverage Control director Michael Halfacre said the rum will be made using traditional techniques going back to the production of dark rum during the colonial period in New Jersey.

The distillery expects to produce seasonal rum flavored with New Jersey-grown fruit, such as strawberries, cherries and blueberries in the summer.

The company plans to offer bourbon and whiskey in 2015, using New Jersey sweet corn.

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