Have you ever wondered what’s growing in the beautiful planter boxes that surround Nauti Spirits? At our Cape May distillery, we believe that the best flavors come from farm-fresh ingredients, that’s why we grow a wide variety of herbs, flowers, and chilies to infuse in our draft drinks and create syrups & macerations for our specialty cocktails.
What’s sprouting now? Applewood Mint adds a bright pop of color and flavor to our (non-alcoholic) herbal tea blend, in addition to the various mints and lemon thyme that work together to develop its unique profiles. Rosemary is the star in our limited edition draft cocktail, “August and Everything After,” along with watermelon, lemon and, of course, Nauti Spirits’ signature sweet potato vodka. Stevia sweetens our Lemon Verbena Tea for The Bee Sting, our twist on the classic “Bee’s Knees.” Our Bloody Mary gets a hit of heat from our chili peppers. And just popping up? Our very own Chamomile. We can’t wait for you to see what we mix up utilizing this crisp, apple scented herb.
Thank you to John Cooke and the Star & Wave for this excellent article.
A new local craft distillery is offering spirits made from nature’s bounty, and for those wishing to taste the “sweet life,” Nauti Spirits is just the spot.
Steve Miller, a retired lieutenant commander and JAG Corps officer from the U.S. Navy, had a vision to open a craft distillery in Cape May County. What Miller, an energy industry attorney, lacked was a location or land. “I had a business plan and a vision that my wife didn’t try to talk me out of,” said Miller a Cape May Point and Annapolis, Maryland resident.
Twenty years ago, Corey and Dorey Bryan purchased 60 acres of farmland off Shunpike Road in Lower Township. They dreamed of a horse farm, a place to raise their children while being good stewards of the land. While Les Rea a local farmer, grew soy beans on their land, Corey operated The Lemon Tree, the family restaurant on the Washington Street Mall. Dorey similarly, worked at West Cape May elementary school.
Join us for a spirited night of beats and BBQ. Matt & his famous BBQ will be serving grill fare for both carnivores and vegetarians at 5pm Wednesday, August 23rd and Friday, August, 25th and around 3pm on Saturday, August 26th. Matt will be set up adjacent to our licensed premises on the preserved farm.
Singer-songwriter Jon Thompson plays the Tasting Room at Nauti Spirits Distillery from 5:30 – 8:30 pm on Wednesday the 23rd.
C. Lynne Smith plays in the Tasting Room from 5:30 – 8:30 on Friday the 25th. Her style ranges from traditional country with a modern feel to folk-rock and beyond.
Dan Barry takes the stage Saturday the 26th from 5:30-8:30 pm in the Tasting Room. Dan considers himself a “jam” musician adopting an improvisational style composed of Americana, folk rock, and reggae among other styles.
Come on over, take a tour, try a cocktail from our updated menu and listen to some music!
At Nauti Spirits, we’re passionate about crafting unique, farm-fresh flavor every step of the way at our Cape May distillery.
In the Rickhouse, we start with thousands of pounds of locally sourced sweet potatoes, corn and grains, and American molasses.
In the Distillery, our distillers decide what makes the cut, not machines.
We smell and taste and refine our recipes to unveil the rave-worthy flavor profiles you’re sure to love. We barrel and age, we bottle by hand. We take great care in producing spirits that we’re proud to put the Nauti Spirits label on.
And finally, in the tasting room, the dedication to detail continues. Head bartender Matt Reeves concocts syrups and seltzers, macerations and mixtures, and draft cocktails using ingredients we grow right here on our Cape May farm. We crush our ice by hand. We measure while we mix to ensure you get the same flavors in your favorite drink, every time.
At Nauti Spirits, we value craft over the clock. Come experience the farm-fresh difference, you just might find your new favorite cocktail. It’s worth the wait.
Thanks to Drew Lazor and Philly.com for this excellent article. Photo: Elizabeth Robertson.
Growing up in Newtown Square, Dorey Bryan dreamed of one day owning a horse farm that backed up right to the beach. She ended up instead with a distillery that makes small-batch vodka out of New Jersey sweet potatoes, and she couldn’t be happier.
Bryan, along with her husband, Corey, and partner Steve Miller, are the founders of Nauti Spirits, a nascent operation that honors Cape May County’s booze-soaked history and terroir in more ways than one. On a 60-acre preserved farm that sits right on the Cape May Canal, the not-yet-two-month-old Nauti proudly touts itself as a “farm-to-bottle” operation — the stuff coming off their stunning 750-gallon, 23-foot-tall copper still is largely derived from raw material plucked from local fields, providing cocktail-loving beachcombers with a literal taste of the shore, sans the sand and salt water.
Taking this hyperlocal tack is not just preferred from a craftsman’s standpoint — it’s actually dictated by law. Since Nauti is designated as preserved farmland by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, it is required that a minimum of 51 percent of its annual gross sales come directly from the output of the farm itself. In other words, they’ve got to make their money off what they grow — which is where those sweet potatoes come in.
We completely sold out last week at our Cape May distillery, (Krystina helped a lot!) so this week, our friends at the popup farm stand are bringing in even more sweet, sweet oysters. Be like Krystina and get them while you can!
This Sunday and every Sunday, join us for ice-cold oysters on the half shell from Dias Creek Oysters, LLC from noon to until they’re gone. Orville, the State Champion Oyster shucker will be set up in a popup farm stand on the preserved farm adjacent to the Nauti Spirits Distillery premises. Orville tells us that these Delaware Bay Oysters will be just $2 a shuck.
Do the Nauti thing and enjoy with a Nauti Spirits Bloody Mary.
Tour Guide Wanted
Nauti Spirits Distillery is looking for outgoing, responsible tour guides to host our guests on 30-40 minute behind the scenes tours of our Cape May farm and production facility. If you have an interest in craft spirits and desire to educate and entertain, we want to talk to you!
Job responsibilities & requirements include (but are not limited to):
• Lead a 30-40 walking tour of Nauti Spirits Farm and Distillery
• Ability to mix and pour a pitcher cocktail created specifically for our Tour
• Simple data entry
• At least 21 years old
• Available to work weekends and holidays
• A desire to learn about craft spirits and the distillation process
Please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
Cape May, NJ 08204-4321
You’ve heard of BYOB? Well, at Nauti Spirits, our Cape May distillery is BYOF. That’s Bring Your Own Feast. You heard us right. Nauti Spirits Distillery has all the B you’ll need to enjoy some hand crafted cocktails. The B is distilled right here on our Cape May farm. We also have amazing house-made sodas and fresh juices for our designated drivers.
We invite you to join us for a picnic or some tasty snacks– order in from Nauti’s book of local menus or bring your own feast. Like we said, we’ll provide the B and you provide the F.