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Laird & Company

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A "Jack Rose" cocktail is made from Applejack and Grenadine.
A "Jack Rose" cocktail is made from Applejack and Grenadine.

Laird & Company is a distillery located in the Scobeyville section of Colts Neck Township, New Jersey. Founded by Robert Laird, it is the oldest licensed distillery in the United States and received License No. 1 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 1780. Laird has a rectifier and blender license from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.[1]

Robert Laird, descended from one of Monmouth County's oldest families, served in the Continental Army under George Washington.[2] Washington asked Laird for his recipe for "cyder spirits" before the Revolution.[2] Today, none of the company's production is located in New Jersey. It obtains all its apples from central Virginia and distills its products in North Garden, Virginia.[2] Distilling at its New Jersey facilities ceased in 1972 and Laird's only blends, ages and bottles its products in Scobeyville.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Wholesale/State Issued Licensee Listing (.xlsx)". New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. July 18, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Harrison, Karen Tina. "Jersey Lightning" New Jersey Monthly July 13, 2009. (accessed July 19, 2012).
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