In the autumn of 2010, Brant Braue was asked by his brother, "If you could wake up tomorrow and do anything, what would it be?" After a few days of thought, the answer came to him: I would open and run a distillery. Over the next few months, he thought about this & realized that this dream could be a reality. And so Jersey Artisan Distilling was born.
After many months of hard work, Jersey Artisan Distilling is now the first distillery to open in New Jersey since Prohibition ended. We are going to focus on making our spirits in the classic style, using modernized versions of the techniques that have made spirits great since colonial times. Our primary focus will be on making rum, bringing back the flavors and tastes that made rum the most popular spirit in colonial times and beyond.
Brant was born and raised in New Jersey and has lived here all his life. As a boy, he was always fascinated by how things worked and how things were made. This curiosity translated naturally into his career path: first as an electrician then as an electrical engineer and now as a distiller. He has two beautiful daughters, Ashleigh and Lexie, who are the true loves of his life. Brant has always had a passion for high adrenaline activities, such as racing trucks, motorcycles, flying airplanes and now, navigating the uncharted territory of operating a distillery in New Jersey.