Tucked away on it's own private drive in Bergen-Lafayette, Corgi Spirits, a warehouse-turned-distillery, is a welcomed oasis. Owner Bob Hagemann was inspired by his love of England (specifically London), corgis, and being gluten-free, so he set out on a mission to open his own distillery here in Jersey City. The new spot opened up this past weekend, and we had to check it out!
Upon arriving, the sheer size of Corgi is awe-striking; it is so rare to come across a business in such a big space in a cramped city. Walking in, there is a long hallway decorated with a menagerie of cool art. To the right, there are big windows with a direct view into the production and warehouse area. Tours are held all day if you want to learn more about "The Copper Lady," "iStill," and the distilling process.
To the left, you'll find cozy leather chairs, a beautiful wooden bar and tasting room, and a library-inspired lounge. There are plenty of comfortable couches and armchairs in the entrance and lounge, stools at the bar, and enough standing room to accommodate many more. There is also a little shop to the side of the bar where you can purchase branded items for yourself, home, or your furry friends.
Three cocktails were offered on opening day, and we tried two. The Corgi Cuppa was a mix of earl grey gin, lemon, honey syrup, and angostura bitters. The Rose Gimlet was a concoction of rose spray, Pembroke gin, pink grapefruit, and lime. Both drinks were excellent. The Corgi Cuppa could easily go with breakfast, as an afternoon libation, or after dinner. The earl grey and honey flavors were dominant, so it was an extremely soothing cocktail. The Rose Gimlet was light and floral and the alcohol taste was much more present, although still very smooth.
Not only are the spirits and cocktails high quality and delicious, but Bob is giving back in the process. Both animals and Jersey City are near and dear to his heart, so a portion of profits from every bottle sold is donated to supporting local animal rescue organizations as well as local businesses and initiatives. This, paired with how amazing the vodka and gin are, is reason enough to head on over a purchase a bottle or two. They even make great gifts!
Written by Sasha Kleinman
Born and raised in NJ, Sasha is a recent transplant to Jersey City and has become obsessed with everything the city has to offer. Sasha is a fashion copywriter by day, and die-hard Jane Do enthusiast and (vegetarian) foodie by night. When she's not stuffing her face at one of Chilltown's amazing restaurants, having a couple brewskis at the local brewery Departed Soles, or snuggling with your dog, Sasha is busy traveling the globe with camera (and fork) in hand. Follow her wide array of adventures @sksashafierce and @the_hungry_growlers!