OUR DISTILLERY NEWS

RISING TO THE CALL - NEW YORK TIMES
Ed Kashi

May 18, 2020

Brad Ransom, with head lamp, is head of production, and Kevin Bascom, distiller for Nauti Spirits in Cape May, New Jersey. Normally they produce gin, vodka and rum but since March they’ve been producing hand sanitizer to donate first responders and local facilities, plus selling it to local NJ companies and individuals at a rate well below market costs. We closed our doors to the public on March 15, 2020. March 19, 2020 - started the process to produce hand sanitizer in partnership with Partners Pharmacy.  March 25, 2020 started the donations to 1st responders and local healthcare facilities.  March 29, 2020 started selling hand sanitizer to the public via online orders and drive up pick up.  Quote:  "It takes a village, not just to raise a baby, but surviving a pandemic too. By each of us doing our part, [Staying home, posting memes, stocking shelves, selling goods, driving trucks, 1st responders, healthcare workers, making masks, or making hand sanitizer!] we will get through this together and come out stronger and better than ever." How did Nauti Spirits Distillery come up with the idea to make hand sanitizer? Why? A few weeks ago we saw that stores were running out of sanitizer and isopropyl alcohol.  Then, we heard about how people were buying and hoarding things, including sanitizer, which people needed given the growing crisis.  Among others, first responders and those in nursing homes were having real problems getting this basic item.  Knowing that ethyl alcohol is just as effective at killing bacteria, we started looking at whether we could meet a need by legally producing sanitizer with high-proof ethanol that we distill.  We couldn't under our current federal and state permits, so we started making calls to the TTB, our federal regulator, and to the ABC to ask how we could help meet this need.  A week ago, on Wednesday morning, a friend who is a professional pharmacist and an executive VP at Partners Pharmacy, which provides pharmacy services for assisted living facilities, called and asked if we had any ethanol that he could buy to make sanitizer for his patients.  That afternoon is when the TTB granted distilleries with our type of license the temporary authorization to make hand sanitizer with ethanol.  So, we started immediately teaming together to make sanitizer in order to meet the need, which by that time had become chronic. How is the hand sanitizer made, like tell me about the process you use and what role Nauti Spirits plays in making the hand sanitizer since Partners Pharmacy is compounding it.   Partners Pharmacy compounded the first batch, and then has overseen/directed our distillers in compounding the sanitizer at the distillery.  It is made by taking very high (190) proof (95%) ethanol that we had distilled over the last several months from corn and sweet potatoes that we had grown on our land and which we normally would use to make our vodka, and adding to it distilled water, hydrogen peroxide, propylene glycol, tea tree oil, and vitamin E oil, with the resulting solution being 80% ethanol, the highest leval allowed, which also provides the best antiseptic defense.  We then label and bottle this by hand in 8 oz., 32 oz. and 5 gal. containers.  In addition to the professional pharmacist guidance, Partners Pharmacy has provided additives and 8,000 very hard to come by (and now nearly gone due to outrageous demand) 2 oz. spray bottles in which we put much of the initial batches. Is your hand sanitizer FDA approved? How does it get FDA approved? Who is responsible for ensuring that the hand sanitizer is FDA approved? The FDA does not "approve" the sanitizer; it approves the guidelines for its manufacture.  We and Partners Pharmacy compound the hand sanitizer pursuant to the FDA's published recommendations and guidelines.  Both Partners Pharmacy and Nauti Spirits are responsible for ensuring that the sanitizer meets these FDA recommendations/guidelines. Who is Nauti Spirits distributing and selling the hand sanitizer to?   We and Partners Pharmacy have donated several hundreds of gallons of the product to first responders in Cape May County, and to elder care and professional nursing facilities around the country.  We also are selling the sanitizer to end users (no resellers) in order to recover some of our costs.  Our prices are near pre-COVID-19 levels, and we aim to keep them that low for as long as there is a need for the product. Who is Nauti Spirits making the hand sanitizer for? Who needs hand sanitizer the most right now?   Initially, we wanted to get the hand sanitizer to some of those who needed it the most -- first responders and people in assisted living facilities.  These foks still desparately need the sanitizer, but others need it too, like postal workers, home delivery personnel, restaurant workers who facilitate curbside and takeout orders, people in essential businesses, shoppers; literally everyone who doesn't have ready access to soap and water every time their hands may come into contact with infected surfaces. How long will Nauti Spirits be manufacturing hand sanitizer for?   Until there is no longer a need for it, or until we have to shut our doors permanently because we can no longer afford to keep the lights on.  We would like nothing better than to go back to making--and selling--artisan farm spirits, rather than hand sanitizer. But, hand sanitizer is the need; great spirits are a desire.  Desire takes a back seat these days. Where is the hand sanitizer being sold and/or given out to people? How much does it cost to buy? How is it sold, like how big are the bottles? Are the bottles sold individually or in groups?   We have been selling the hand sanitizer from the distillery, as we do not have the personnel or funds to deliver it.  That said, for larger orders (5 gal or more), we will arrange delivery through authorized shippers. The 2 oz. spray bottle is sold by itself for $2.00 (due to the high price of the bottle, and limit 2 per customer), the 8 oz. bottles sell for $7, the 32 oz bottles sell for $17, and a 5 gal sealed bucket can be filled for $320 (or we'll provide the bucket and lid for $12).  The larger bottles can be used to fill smaller bottles that folks have around the house or office/business.  We will not allow anyone to buy in bulk in order to resell (to avoid hoarding and price gouging). How many employees are allowed in the distillery at a time while the hand sanitizer is being made?   We haven't had much of a problem with this, as we only have four employees remaining on payroll.  With volunteers, however, we like to keep the number at no more than six at any one time.  The distillery space is actually quite large.

NAUTI SPIRITS IS MAKING HAND SANITIZER

Nauti Spirits is making hand sanitizer from high-proof alcohol that we distilled earlier in the year. We are working with Partners Pharmacy of Springfield, NJ, to provide the remaining ingredients and professional oversight to compound this 80% ethanol sanitizer. We offer the product in 5 gal. covered containers for larger businesses and organizations. We also offer it in 32 oz. bottles. PLEASE NOTE: Smaller bottles are nearly impossible to find commercially, and we are using our remaining supply to continue donating to our frontline responders. We will update this page if and when smaller bottles become available for sale. The larger options will enable you to fill existing smaller containers for household and employee needs. We are not able to ship this product and it is only available for pickup at the distillery. Out of necessity, we respectfully request that businesses and government entities designate a single point of contact for ordering and managing the distribution of hand sanitizer to your employees. Please email us at info@nautispirits.com for pricing, availability and pick up times and we will get back to you ASAP. Thank you so much, and please, take care of yourselves and your families through this difficult time.

Plundered 3 Release

April 18, 2019

PLUNDERED III IS ALMOST HERE! The newest – yet oldest – member of our popular Plundered micro-blend whiskeys is, in a word, “astounding.” A glorious union of a stately whiskey and dignified bourbon; the “younger” rested nearly 14 years in second-use bourbon barrels, while its elder mate reposed a full year longer in original charred oak glory. Deeply balanced with an exquisitely smooth finish, rich caramel, vanilla and tobacco notes exude from this grand pair. Release date is April 19. Join us all Easter weekend to celebrate! Limited 1 liter bottles available on site for retail purchase. When this stellar old friend is gone – it’s gone forever!

Exit Zero Jazz Festival

April 4, 2019

Nauti Spirits is proud to be the Official Spirits Sponsor of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, April 12-14, 2019. Check out www.exitzerorjazzfestival.com for more information about the fantastic line up and venues, including the Nauti Spirits Stage in Carney’s Main Room!

Nauti Production Team

March 12, 2019
Veronica Townsend, Head Distiller
The Production Team: Vicki, Brad and Kevin

Behind every great bottle of Nauti Spirits Vodka, Gin, Rum and Whiskey is a great team making it all happen. Leading that team is our Head Distiller, Veronica Townsend, one of the few female Head Distillers in the entire country! She has been with Nauti Spirits since the beginning and after a detailed apprenticeship, she took over the reigns in July 2018. Veronica graduated from Northeastern University, where she was a Division I athlete for the Huskies rowing team. She went on to train in culinary arts and is now using those skills in producing our award winning spirits. Assisting Veronica in the crafting of our spirits are two hardworking guys: Brad Ransom and Kevin Bascom. Brad is a Cape May native, and after moving to Florida for many years, he came back to New Jersey and joined the Nauti team in August 2017. If you ask him what he loves most about working at Nauti Spirits, he will say its all about being a part of the Farm to Bottle experience. He, along with the rest of the team, is out there planting the seeds, harvesting the crops, making the spirits, and of course, the bottling. His favorite time of year at Nauti? Summer – of course! That’s when it all comes alive and thrives. Kevin, on the other hand is a fan of the fall…it’s harvest time! Kevin, is our hands-on jack of all trades. He is ready to build anything you can think of! His favorite part of the job is the fact that every day is different. One day he is bottling, the next he is building a portable bar, and another he is harvesting crops. Kevin, also a born and raised Jersey boy, has been with Nauti Spirits since March 2017, and loves the creative freedom he experiences here. This great trio even covers the spectrum on their preferred drinks. “Anything Whiskey, the Shunpike Punch and ‘Beet ya to the Punch’!” Can you guess who likes what?

Nauti Goes Regional!

February 28, 2019
Team Nauti Production!

Hey, all you Mid-Atlantic Nauti Fans! We are absolutely thrilled to announce that–as of February–Nauti Spirits will be distributed throughout New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, and Virginia, exclusively by our friends at Opici Family Distributing. Opici, a fourth-generation family-owned wine and spirits wholesaler, was recently named one of the country’s top 10 wine and spirits distributors. They’ve earned that distinction in no small part through living by the following statement found on their website: “Our client relationships are the lifeblood of our business. Building their brands is our mission.” We are honored to be included among Opici’s excellent brands, and we look forward to a long relationship with them!
So, please ask for Nauti Spirits at your favorite Mid-Atlantic liquor retailers and fine dining/drinking establishments!
Now, go out there and GET NAUTI!

Second Annual Ugly Sweater Party

December 7, 2018

Christmas Cocktail

Don we now our worst apparel!

We always make spirits bright, but on Saturday, December 15th, we’ll be getting extra festive with our Second Annual Ugly Sweater Party.
So grab your ugliest sweater, some jingle bells, and maybe even your reindeer ears because we’re giving out gift cards for the top 3 best (worst 😉) sweater we see in the Tasting Room that evening.

Get Out + Vote: Edible Jersey Local Hero Awards

November 20, 2018

Nauti Spirits Farm Fields

They say no news is good news, but we think this news is pretty great…

Nauti Spirits has been nominated as a finalist in Edible Jersey’s 2019 Local Hero Awards, an annual program that recognizes NJ businesses & organizations that energize & sustain our local food community.

Cast your vote for Nauti in the Beverage Artisan category before December 31, 2018, and be sure to share this link with family & friends!

Learn more about the awards and cast your vote for Nauti in the Beverage Artisan category by clicking here!

🎶🍸The Official Spirits of Exit Zero Jazz Festival 🍸🎶

November 6, 2018
Nauti Spirits Bottles
This weekend in Cape May, a legion of Jazz Legends from around the country will take over the island for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. In addition to being the Jazz Festival’s official spirits, we’ll be sponsoring the stage in Carney’s Main Room, so be sure to join us to experience the musical talents of:
Need tickets? Purchase them by clicking here and don’t forget to tell your bartender to “make mine Nauti” when ordering your cocktails at each show!

NOVEMBER MUSIC LINE UP

October 28, 2018

Bring your own food, or check out one of the Food at the Farm trucks on the preserved farm adjacent to the Distillery premises!

Fall Hours: OPEN every Thursday from 3-9pm, Friday & Saturday noon-10pm, and Sunday noon-7pm ; CLOSED every Monday-Wednesday.

NOV 01           DJ Joe McLaughlin – playing all the best tunes 5-8pm

NOV 02          Karl Werne –award-winning and touring singer/songwriter (learn more: karlwerne.com) 6:30-8:30pm

NOV 03         The Honeyhawks – eclectic romantic, vintage folk & pop 6:30-9:30pm

NOV 04         Donald Lee Shough – guitar blues 3-6pm

NOV 08         DJ Joe McLaughlin – playing all the best tunes 5-8pm

NOV 09         Gregg Carpenter – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

NOV 10          Ken Shiles & Ci Bon – sultry covers of old favorites 6:30-9:30pm

NOV 11           Langston & Ternosky – Half of local favorite “The Snake Brothers” 6:30-9:30pm

NOV 16          Melanie Rice & Patty Blee 6:30-9:30pm

NOV 17          Dan Barry – local singer/songwriter 6:30-9:30pm

NOV 18          Camille Peruto –  pop hits, old favorites & original tunes 3-6pm

NOV 22          BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) – share & spin old-school style 6-9pm

NOV 23          Adelante – “a jazz force to be reckoned with” 6:30-9:30pm

NOV 24          The Sundogs – Americana duo 6:30-9:30pm

NOV 25          Les DeRose – blend of pop, folk, and blues 3-6pm

NOV 30           The Squares – local trio performing sophisticated, tuneful songs 6:30-9:30pm

 

SPIRITED FALL FEST & HALLOWEEN PARTY

October 16, 2018

By now, you surely know where to find Cape May’s True Spirits, and this Halloween we’re planning a party that’s sure to delight. Plus, the very limited release of Plundered Batch #2!

Join us on Saturday, October 27th for tours, games, and live music, plus cocktail specials and Pirate & Mermaid costume prizes. Kids are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over 21 years old, and four-legged friends can bask in the October sun on one of our open-air patios.

DUE TO THE IMPENDING NOR’EASTER, ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & KIDS EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED.

Pumpkin Painting noon-2pm
Matt’s Family Grill on the farm adjacent to the Distillery, weather dependent 1-7pm
Adult Costume Contest 6:30pm
DJ  2-5pm
The Capers playing live in the Tasting Room 6:30-9:30pm

OCTOBER MUSIC LINE UP

September 23, 2018

Les DeRose: Live in the Tasting Room

Bring your own food, or check out one of the Food at the Farm trucks on the preserved farm adjacent to the Distillery premises!

Please note, our hours change for the fall beginning October 1, 2018.
Fall Hours: OPEN every Thursday from 3-9pm, Friday & Saturday noon-10pm, and Sunday noon-7pm
                      CLOSED every Monday-Wednesday.

OCT 04           DJ Joe McLaughlin – playing the best tunes 5-8pm

OCT 05           Cosmic Charlie– acoustic classics by rock legends 6:30-9:30pm

OCT 06           Langston & Ternosky – half of local favorite ‘The Snake Brothers’ 6:30-9:30pm

OCT 07           The SunDogs – Americana duo 3-6pm

OCT 11            Blondage – high energy party band 6:30-9:30pm

OCT 12            C Lynne Smith – country to folk-rock and beyond 6:30-9:30pm

OCT 13            Les DeRose– blend of pop, folk, and blues 6:30-9:30pm

OCT 14            East Lynn Theater Fundraiser

OCT 18            DJ Joe McLaughlin – playing the best tunes 5-8pm

OCT 19            Langston & Ternosky  – half of local favorite ‘The Snake Brothers’ 6:30-9:30pm

OCT 20           Donald Lee Shough– guitar blues 6:30-9:30pm

OCT 21            Blondage  – high energy party band 3-6pm

OCT 25            DJ Joe McLaughlin – playing the best tunes 5-8pm

OCT 27            The Capers  – soulful covers of classic tunes 6:30-9:30pm

OCT 28           The Honeyhawks – eclectic romantic, vintage folk & pop 3-6pm