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.

Nauti Spirits Distillery Review from Cork & Plate

June 25, 2017

Thank you Cork & Plate for this honest review.  We’re always striving to give our guests a better experience each time they visit, and we are glad to see that you think so too.

Distillery Review #2:  Nauti Sprits

Nestled among fields in North Cape May, NJ, the new Nauti Spirits Distillery may have a few wrinkles to iron out, but is off to a pretty great start. We have visited 3 times so far, and found our experience improved with each stop. The experience really begins in the parking lot, as you find yourself looking at nicely painted, modern, warehouse-like buildings, located in the middle of some farmland. Horses sometimes peak over the fence of a neighboring property, tall grasses blow in the wind, and herbs and spices that are used in the cocktails are grown in boxes right in the lot. Entering takes you along a short, self-guided tour, providing insight into the processes required to make their vodka. Upon reaching the bar area one is immediately impressed by the design mixing modern, rustic and industrial flourishes. It feels like a cool place to be and one you would want to visit again.

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Things to do in Cape May: Oysters on the Half Shell this Sunday

June 22, 2017

Join us for ice-cold oysters on the half shell from the Cape May Oyster Cooperative this Sunday from noon to 5pm.  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.  We hear that these Delaware Bay Oysters will be just $2 a shuck.  Enjoy with a Nauti Spirits Bloody Mary- the perfect marriage of sea to table, and farm to bottle.

Nauti Spirits Distillery is currently hiring distillers for the season

June 12, 2017

Do you have a passion for distilling? Enjoy working with your hands and thinking critically? We are looking to fill a full-time seasonal position in our production facility which could lead to longer employment. This is physical entry level job in the distilling industry comprised mostly of cleaning, climbing ladders, lifting heavy things, and more cleaning.

Must be 21 years or older
Positive attitude a must
Prior experience in one of the following distilling, cooking, brewing preferred.
Must have strong computer skills
Must have a flexible work schedule to accommodate production schedule. This may include nights and weekends.
Must have the ability to safely lift 50 lb
Know how to work safely within the facility to prevent risk to you and others
Must be able to work as part of a team; communication is critical
Must be able to function autonomously, i.e. self-direction
Passion for fermentation and distilling.
Brewing or distilling course accreditation or degree in science is preferred, but not required
Training will be on the job for the specifics
If you’re interested please send the following:
Cover letter
Resume
A list of references including both personal and professional

Please send responses to hiring@nautispirits.com.

Things to do in Cape May: NAUTI SPIRITS’ GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION AT CAPE MAY’S NEWEST DISTILLERY

May 19, 2017


Please join us Saturday, June 3 for the Grand Opening of New Jersey’s Largest Farm-to-Bottle Distillery, where sweet potatoes grown right here on our Cape May coastal farm are distilled into the purest craft vodka. Festivities will start at 11am with a VIP Toast at 3:30pm.  Come see us and celebrate our first harvest!  

For your convenience, we’ll have a complimentary trolley that will run continuously from Cape May to the distillery from 4pm with the last trolley leaving from the distillery at 10pm.

 

 

 

MAKE IT THE BEST DERBY DAY EVER WITH NAUTI SPIRITS GEAR

May 6, 2017

It’s not a proper julep without the crushed ice. A Lewis Bag & Mallet will get the job done! Pick one up at the Nauti Spirits gift shop today. Open 11 am – 8 pm.

Things to do in Cape May : Calling all Birders!

May 5, 2017

It’s time for the World Series of Birding!  Starting at 12:01 midnight on Saturday, May 6th, from midnight to midnight and all kinds of hours in between, birders will be swarming the state of New Jersey looking and listening for as many bird species as possible. Here’s David LaPuma, Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory doing some pre-series scouting.