Next month, the corner of Lake Avenue and Emory Street in Asbury Park (right next to the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten) will become the home of the shore's first distillery and the fifth in the state since Prohibition ended.

Andy Karas of Ridgewood is the managing partner of Asbury Park Distilling.

My grandfather was a bootlegger during prohibition. I never in my life could have imagined I’d be running a distillery, never. But you never know where life is going to take you."

Asbury Park Distilling will focus production on gin and whiskey. State law allows for up to 20,000 gallons of distilled alcoholic beverages, provided that at least 51 percent of the raw materials used in production is grown in New Jersey. Customers can purchase up to 5 liters of alcohol to take offsite.

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