New Jersey’s latest craft distillery is also its largest. It’s named for an estate in Bernardsville, because that’s “classic” and “classy,” and like any classic, classy establishment, it makes flavored vodka. It almost goes without saying that it’s run by a former hedge fund manager.
Koether worked on Wall Street for 25 years, and was a hedge fund manager for another seven until 2012, when he decided to get into the craft spirits industry, entirely self-funded.
"I got tired of waking up at 4:30 a.m. and decided I wanted to make something tangible instead of making money out of air," Koether said. "I wanted to make a business of my own, saw the tax laws change in New Jersey, and started looking into a distillery. Now I'm waking up at 3:30 a.m. but I love it."
State’s largest craft distillery opening in Fairfield [Daily Record]