N.J. bars busted for fake booze

“Operation Swill” uncovers water-tainted liquor, rubbing alcohol disguised as scotch

More than two dozen bars in New Jersey have been deceiving patrons in a nasty way.

Yesterday, state officials announced that they had raided 63 bars in the state and collected liquor samples for testing as part of a yearlong investigation, “Operation Swill.” They launched the investigation in January after the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control had received more complaints than usual about potentially mislabeled liquor. With the help of an informant with knowledge of the industry, undercover investigators collected the samples by ordering “neat” drinks—or drinks without ice or mixers—from the establishments and then covertly taking samples for testing.

Ashley Post

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