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Cooper River Distillers Open House

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Cooper River Distillers Open House

rum bottle

An open house was held in Camden, New Jersey on Thursday night, June 19th, to celebrate the first legal distillery within city limits since the days of Prohibition. James Yoakum, the head honcho at Cooper River Distillers, was proud to show off his new operation to streams of event goers partaking in Camden’s monthly event called the 3rd Thursday Art Crawl.

rum outside

James and his partners have set up shop in an old auto garage (Cooperson’s, for those who know the area).  It gives the operation a throwback feeling to the days when private distilleries and speakeasies were functioning regularly.  The initial product offering, Petty’s Island Rum, which was delicious was offered for sampling during a tour of the facility, as well as for purchase mixed with a cocktail of your choice.

rum maker

It is an innovative way for them to show off their craft and expand their brand.  Petty’s concoction will soon hit bars and liquor stores, for you to pick up at leisure. It is refreshing to see a new approach to an old profession be embraced by both manufacturer and consumer, and judging by the turnout looks like they may have a hit on their hands. Give this and all future Cooper River products a try,and I’ll see you around town!

rum crowd


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