Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chicago's Giant Rum Party

I have to say I am being a bit dishonest in that title, but it got you to read this far! I wanted to get your attention to get a chance to tell you about the 4th Annual Chicago Independent Spirits Expo. We are planning to be there.





 We are hoping to meet, great and interview some of the Distillers there, in particular Rum Distillers there. 




From Local Wine Events.com here are some details:


THE 4TH ANNUAL CHICAGO INDEPENDENT SPIRITS EXPO
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Main Ballroom
The Chicago Hilton & Tower
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL. 
The largest gathering of small, independent, family owned, handcrafted spirits and the distillers, importers, bottlers, distributors and representative under one roof! Sample some of the best of the boutique vodkas, gins, rums, tequilas, mezcals, whiskies and liqueurs from all around the world.

Both VIP and General Admission Tickets are now available for purchase ~ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-indie-spirits-expo-tickets-11923358085

The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is proud to announce that our charitable partner for this year's event is UN86'd, a charity created to aid in monetary relief for restaurant professionals in need. A portion of all CISE ticket sales will be donated to this cause. For more information and to see what UN86'd has done in their first year please visit www.un86d.org. (Also, don't forget to make a donation using the "Donate Now" button!)




We are excited to be there and we plan to have photo opportunities as well as video, so please stay tuned as we try to get this all together for you over the next few days...


In going over the confirmed Distillers that will be present we see, Distillers we are familiar with and some new names (new to us) will be there. We are hoping to chat perhaps get a few opinions, lots of tastes and just a good time.


If you are going -- watch for us. I will be wearing my hat -- So look for it.






We will report back -- Hope to have you read it - and watch it here!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Future Of Craft Rum


For those of us who follow the Craft Rum business (and really the entire Craft Distilled Spirits Industry as they are all intertwined) an article in Lehrman Beverage Law came out discussing some problems that Tito's Handmade Vodka may be experiencing via a class action Suit. Also other articles are bringing up questions of what is a Craft Sprit and one specifically about Rum and its growth potential and futere.  

The First article can be found here: The Tito's Lawsuit: When Approval is not Approval

I can't publish it in part or its entirety but follow the link (it opens in another window in your browser) and we can sort of leap through it. In a nutshell a class action lawsuit has been filed against Tito's because their advertising and label proclaims the product to be "Handmade". Since Tito's has grown over teh years and now produces some 1.3 million cases a year, the suit contends just haw many hands are actually making the vodka.

Similarly, Templeton Rye is getting hit with a suit claiming: "The class-action lawsuit filed in late August in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois on behalf of "all individuals in the United States who've purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye," comes after revelations in August that the whiskey is made using the stock recipe of an Indiana distillery.
Since the company released its first bottles of whiskey in 2006, its marketing materials have said the founders were inspired by the Prohibition-era recipe of Alphonse Kerkhoff handed down through his family on a scrap of paper. But in an interview last month, company chairman Vern Underwood said federal regulations prevent the company from making the whiskey using the Kerkhoff recipe, said to have been loved and bootlegged by Chicago gangster Al Capone."

This in a USA TODAY article: Here

The article goes on to mention: "The company also announced plans to begin printing on its labels that the whiskey is distilled in Indiana. The issue gained national media attention after The Daily Beast published an article in July detailing how numerous "craft" whiskey brands buy their product from MGP Ingredients, a Lawrenceburg, Ind., distillery.
Prior to the company's recent admissions, Templeton Rye worked to deceive drinkers into believing "the good stuff" was a craft whiskey made in Iowa, violating the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act, according to the lawsuit. The complaint includes pictures of the company's marketing tools, including a T-shirt reading, "Templeton Rye: Made in Iowa" and a flyer from a tasting at a Chicago bar that advertises the "small-batch rye whiskey made in the tiny town of Templeton."
"Consumers, seeking an alternative to mainstream, mass-produced alcoholic beverages have purchased hundreds of thousands of bottles of Defendant's Templeton Rye and have paid a premium price over other whiskeys to obtain those qualities," the lawsuit said. "Unfortunately, thousands of consumers across the country have been injured by Defendant's deceptive marketing practices."

So, consumers are beginning to find that some Distillers of Craft Spirits sometime don't craft anything and don't even, sometimes, distill... Bummer





Lets add to this an article in The Drinks Report, dated June 2, 2014... Here is the Link

The content of the article is below

The future for rum lies with clubbers

Over 150 rum industry experts gathered in the City of London last month to debate whether the future of rum lies with connoisseurs or clubbers.
On arrival, ‘connoisseurship’ was considered the way ahead. After presentations on global rum sales by Melissa Earlam of UBS, and passionate opinions from Ed Pilkington, marketing and innovation director at Diageo, and Chris Searle, recently retired international affairs supremo from Bacardi, the vote was cast again. The room had turned.
The volume and scale of opportunity provided by clubbers in a truly global world had convinced the hall connoisseurship was too narrow an opportunity on which to focus – especially when up to 10% of a cask of rum may evaporate each year.
With global rum sales at 145m cases in 2013, or 4.7% of global spirits sales, and 940 launches in the US alone in the past five years, this is clearly a vibrant sector. However, how does the category gain growth at the top end when premium rum is considered just $100 – and premium whisky may be US$10,000?
The nature of the questions and answers exposed the underbelly of the issue being that both sides of the coin are critical to the future of rum. Without the volume and scale the “clubbers” offer, the sector would not be facing an exciting future; without connoisseurship, rum will not claim the high ground that its true value and labour should engender. A category filled with passion, warmth and fun was truly brought to life.
David Grant, past Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, said “Melissa Earlam set the scene with succinct statistics; Ed’s passionate delivery was a really hard act to follow; but Chris just blew him away!”
The Distillers’ 2014 City Debate
First held in 2012, the debate’s aims are to raise the profile of the spirits industry and to place the Worshipful Company of Distillers at the very heart of the sector.
2 June 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor 


This article tosses in another segment of growing your craft business without growing out of your craft. While the first articles are arguing against distillers that may not really fall into the "Craft" designation any more, how does a growing concern handle growth? And, more importantly how to inspire growth without losing the drink?

In the Drinks Report article the growth potential for rum is discussed via "Clubbers" and Connoisseurs. What is meant here? Clubbers are people who frequent places where spirits are offered for sale... This could encompass - Dance Clubs, Rum Bars, Liquor Bars etc -- Clubs. While a top notch Premium Rum may cost $100 a bottle, some of the Premium Whiskeys can demand $10000.00!
Why? Well they have been around longer, have a huge following even outside the Craft market and have been accepted by pretty much everyone - particularly both sides of this comparison.

With Rum being the subject, most Rum Industry Experts felt that the Connoisseurs drove the acceptance and success of Craft rum. But after discussion and sale facts - it seems the Clubbers share an equal share of the force needed to propel the Rum Distillers into a wide acceptance and growing market.

Now comes the question... How? Toby Beall of Tailwinds Distillery says on the subject, "I think a lot
of the problems facing rum are the same as those causing lawsuits in the US right now; lack of transparency."  .... "This and the lack of education. You have four brands that have dominated the category for many many years and unfortunately dumbed down the palettes of the consumers as to what rum can taste like. There many great non sugar-bomb brands out there. Rick I think you are correct: clubbers are those that identify with fads or trendy marketing and usually grow out of the trends as they grow older. That is where they presume connoisseurs will pick up and grow old with the spirits that they love . Though I won't hold my breath at seeing Craft rum in clubs anytime soon. Even Chicago's self proclaimed rum and tiki bars do little at focusing on the stories behind the brands and instead are more cocktail focused."
Mr. Beall is very interested in growing the Rum market and I think his description of Clubbers is spot on. The problem in my mind is the reputation of Rum. When I have gone into a restaurant or bar and ask to see their selection of rums, I get the regulars. Occasionally I have seen one that I can accept as, if not a small batch craft Rum, at least a more crafted rum, one with a bold taste and genuine flavor. What Toby says even places that specialize in Rums avoid the Smaller Craft rums and stick to a narrow menu. Those of us who have discovered rum under a new light need to press on. But the battle is tough; "You have four brands that have dominated the category for many many years and unfortunately dumbed down the palettes of the consumers as to what rum can taste like. There many great non sugar-bomb brands out there." This is a legitimate point. 

Later;

Feel free to comment away here and we can continue this talk a things move forward. In the meantime - enjoy Craft Rum - Rum that you know the story and drink the Distiller's passion.





We will be going to The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo!!! I hope to meet and sample all you great Rum Distillers that will be there!
As a reader of Rick The Rum Runner -- we are also offering a discount code thanks to the kind efforts of the Expo Promoters. If you go to their site to buy a ticket - HERE - You will get $20 off either a VIP or GA ticket which are $85 and $65 (now $65 and $45 respectively) Just use the code: rumrunner
If you want to know more or need updates, Just go here!


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Tito’s vodka was doing great for the past 15 years, then hit a gigantic speedbump this week in the form of a class action lawsuit.
Tito’s therefore provides a good example of when an approval is not really an approval. Tito Beveridge has more than 30 TTB label approvals for his vodka from 1997 to 2013 (as in the above image, from LabelVision). They may not do him much good in this lawsuit, even though, in years past, most would assume the federal approval would be dispositive. It’s a good thing most TTB approvals are not paper anymore because these would “not be worth the paper they are printed on.”
Summary:  in Hoffman v. Fifth Dimension, Inc., Gary
Hoffman (a consumer)
sued Tito’s vodka on behalf
of all Tito’s customers in California, claiming that

the company misleads people about whether the
product is “handmade.”
The lawsuit was filed
September 15, 2014 in San Diego county court. The
federal government reviewed and approved the
Tito’s labels, but has no definition for the term at issue.
The classic case of an approval that is not really an approval would be your garden variety Napa Valley Chardonnay, Vintage 2010. TTB will take almost every one of those italicized words at face value. To the extent any one of those words is not true, your approval is not going to help you too much, in the event of an inquiry. Like an IRS tax return, the COLA (and any formula approval) is, to a surprisingly large degree, something of an honor system, stapled together with the penalty of perjury on every such document.
- See more at: http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/vodka/the-titos-lawsuit-when-approval-is-not-approval#sthash.ZnkeVSIj.dpuf

The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

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Tito’s vodka was doing great for the past 15 years, then hit a gigantic speedbump this week in the form of a class action lawsuit.
Tito’s therefore provides a good example of when an approval is not really an approval. Tito Beveridge has more than 30 TTB label approvals for his vodka from 1997 to 2013 (as in the above image, from LabelVision). They may not do him much good in this lawsuit, even though, in years past, most would assume the federal approval would be dispositive. It’s a good thing most TTB approvals are not paper anymore because these would “not be worth the paper they are printed on.”
Summary:  in Hoffman v. Fifth Dimension, Inc., Gary
Hoffman (a consumer)
sued Tito’s vodka on behalf
of all Tito’s customers in California, claiming that

the company misleads people about whether the
product is “handmade.”
The lawsuit was filed
September 15, 2014 in San Diego county court. The
federal government reviewed and approved the
Tito’s labels, but has no definition for the term at issue.
The classic case of an approval that is not really an approval would be your garden variety Napa Valley Chardonnay, Vintage 2010. TTB will take almost every one of those italicized words at face value. To the extent any one of those words is not true, your approval is not going to help you too much, in the event of an inquiry. Like an IRS tax return, the COLA (and any formula approval) is, to a surprisingly large degree, something of an honor system, stapled together with the penalty of perjury on every such document.
Updates:
9/23/2014: Tito’s apparently put out a press release, sketching out a defense. I sure hope they have more. They took a jab at the plaintiff for botching the defendant’s proper name, Fifth Generation, Inc. Shanken points out that the brand is at 1.3 million cases per year (that’s a lot of hands!). Tito says “he will vigorously contest the lawsuit.” Tito largely hangs his hat on the fact that TTB approved the labels.
- See more at: http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/vodka/the-titos-lawsuit-when-approval-is-not-approval#sthash.ZnkeVSIj.dpuf

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Let's Taste - Devil's Message Rum

I have been promising this for some time so I wanted to give this a good, private tasting and I have finally gotten the chance. I like to do this with a clear head and when I have the extra time. I was sick for a bit and sworn off trying to taste with a bad cold or flu. Now, at last we can pour, smell and taste!

Devil's Message Rum (DMR) is a crystal clear rum. It comes in a nice crystal clear bottle as well, telling one of the name and the distillery: Beir Barrel Distillery.

DMR's aroma is intriguing to say the least. I find it earthy and with a definite sugar note. It is not subtle, it has a bold nose for sure! Because of it's tenacity, some may give a nose wrinkle to it at first. I find great and it get's better once you experience the taste.

Straight up, no splashes, no ice no mix - Sweet is the first note and well hit. There is a certain roughness that in its name - I expected: Bold, sharp. With additional tastes, the slight burn of the first sip is gone and you get the alcohol effect and a bit of a burnt tongue. However, the aftertaste still has a pleasant sugar finish that lasts between sips. 


Let's try another sip with water. First the nose is lighter. That taste is sweeter, immediately. With ice the change takes place over time. Take your time sipping. The ice cools the DMR and the coolness improves the mouth feel. The slight dilution actually makes the rum very nice in on the tongue. This rum would make a top tier mixer as its flavor will stay - enhancing your ingredients no matter the drink. 

All in all I rate Devil's Message Rum a very good rum. The recipe cries out for an aged one and Joel Bierling let me sample one that has been in the cask just a short time. I was NOT disappointed! If you are in the Sparta Michigan, Stop at the Celler Brewing and try Joels whole selection of spirits - you will thank me... Oh and Him too! I promised a re-cap of how we lost almost a half bottle of DMR. Here is my recollection of the tale.

After leaving Sparta we drove to Traverse City and checked in to our hotel. We did not take the bottle of rum from the storage area. The next day as we drove and shopped, tasted and visited we noticed a definite odor in the car. From our stop at Bier Barrel Distillery, I recognized the smell of DMR. Sure enough the interior of the car had gotten so warn the rum must have expanded and popped the cork (Including the wax dip seal) and with the initial release as well as a few hours of stop start driving we had dumped just under 1/2 of the bottle. I admit the interior of the car smelled WONDERFUL, for about a day. Then the delightful head went away. Still the bottle was fine - the rum still tastes great so beyond a loss - no harm done.




We will be going to The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo!!! I hope to meet and sample all you great Rum Distillers that will be there!
As a reader of Rick The Rum Runner -- we are also offering a discount code thanks to the kind efforts of the Expo Promoters. If you go to their site to buy a ticket - HERE - You will get $20 off either a VIP or GA ticket which are $85 and $65 (now $65 and $45 respectively) Just use the code: rumrunner
If you want to know more or need updates, Just go here!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Rum Sunrise - What's Hapening??

Sorry been under the weather a bit this last week, and I apologize. Let's talk Rum on this Monday (morning?? - it is as this is written) and about the title - conceived as a greeting I think it would make a great drink... Anyone ever do a Rum Sunrise??? I think I'd stick to a clear spirit - Orange juice and Run -- Oh YEAH! a drizzle of Grenadine -- Sounds Summery!

All right back to business. First -- RTRR will be at The Chicago Hilton where the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo (CISE) will be hosted. Sept 30 -- Looks like 5-9pm. Should be fun, hope to bring stories - sample some Rums that have been on my wish list. Maybe get some chat in and a picture or two.
Still -- If YOU are planning to go, read the offer below and get a BIG $20 discount on tickets!! Facebook page:


Here is some information from their
"Last year's event was a huge success with over 80 suppliers & distributors sampling out over 400 artisanal and independent spirits from all over the USA, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Japan, India, New Zealand & Australia to key bartenders, F&B managers, bar owners, retailers and spirit aficionados from all over the Midwest.

This year's event is shaping up to be even BIGGER and Better!

TICKETS ~ http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=6298

This year the event will be held on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Venue: THE CHICAGO HILTON HOTEL & TOWERS
Address: 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Room: Main Ballroom, 1st floor
Neighborhood: Th... See More "

Rum Powered Bird w/Contrails

I have been putting off (for no good reason) a more one-on-one mano y mano taste test of Devil's Message Rum -- so check in later this week and I'll reminisce on how I lost nearly 1/2 bottle of this great Rum....

On the new Rums To Me list -- got a Tweet from Kahakai Tiki Rum that it is made in Temperance Michigan.... gotta track that one down!! Perhaps they will be at CISE?? If not most of Michigan is within striking distance for me....

See you Later This week!!

We will be going to The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo!!! I hope to meet and sample all you great Rum Distillers that will be there!
As a reader of Rick The Rum Runner -- we are also offering a discount code thanks to the kind efforts of the Expo Promoters. If you go to their site to buy a ticket - HERE - You will get $20 off either a VIP or GA ticket which are $85 and $65 (now $65 and $45 respectively) Just use the code: rumrunner
If you want to know more or need updates, Just go here!


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Want to become a distiller....?

Soon going into our second full year, #RTRR has become noticed by Distillers world wide. I am eternally grateful, and love to hear from new rums, new distillers from all over, however, we decided soon after starting that we would concentrate on Rum - Made in the United States. I am not just doing flag waving and "My country over all" but, just finding a niche. I was attracted by what I thought would be a tiny niche; Craft Rums made in the US. I have been awed by the numbers of Distillers that are out there. I have to say - I figured we might get to the large double figure level, but find now we are easily in the triple digits. That said, I don't want rum makers over the world to think I am ignoring you. I'm not. I may be drinking your product even. I just am not going to comment, taste test or discuss it here on #RTRR. It is just to simplify my life. This blog is a labor of love. I get a few samples from many of the distillers, many I just buy. I might get a tee shirt, cozy, glass from some. Most I buy. I can say that No One gives me things to sway my opinion. I volunteer to wear tees and display glasses etc, because I promote the industry. 
 
A while back a Distiller asked me if I ever gave a bad review. I told him that there were/are rums I don't like. There are rums better than others.... to me. It is VERY subjective. Therefore, when I judge it is to MY taste and I try to get that across. I might give a Rum 2 stars, but with the caveat that it was too "___" for me or to little. So i say WHY is did not enjoy it, but also promote the idea: I understand that another enthusiast may love it for that very same reason.... 

Enough blabbing - Let's talk making Spirits. I found this on the Facebook page of The Illinois Craft Distillers Association:



This article originally appeared in Inc.
Boutique American distilleries are having a moment. But just because you've figured out the perfect recipe for your artisanal whiskey doesn't mean you can start selling it. There are three levels of red tape craft distillers have to get past—federal, state, and local, which can entail cities and/or counties—and many rules are time-consuming, and often non-existent. (One distiller I spoke with said it isn't unheard of for local authorities to go back to the books and look up workarounds.) 


Washington is home to the most craft distilleries (80), while Colorado (50) and Michigan (about 40) trail closely behind. The reason for this, says Bill Owens, founder and president of the American Distilling Institute, is their progressive legislatures. In Michigan, that means being able to open tasting rooms downtown where tourists can see them and operating your distillery in town, not near a refinery.
Yet in states like Arizona, where craft distilling is a fairly new phenomenon, entrepreneurs face an uphill battle trying to secure their licenses. With that in mind, here's an overview of some of the red tape craft distillers encounter as they try to get off the ground. ------ Read the entire article here



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Save Money, Drink Rum, Visit Chicago, Drink Rum, Meet Rick The Rum Runner.... Drink RUM!

So -- that pretty much Wraps it up for today. 
Don't forget, if you are planning to come to the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo, on Sept 30, 2014, buy your tickets soon. Don't forget to use the code rumrunner to get a $20 discount!

What IS The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo? You ask....

The largest gathering of small, independent, family owned, handcrafted spirits and the distillers, importers, bottlers, distributors and representative under one roof! Sample some of the best of the boutique vodkas, gins, rums, tequilas, mezcals, whiskies and liqueurs from all around the world.

We will be going to The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo!!! I hope to meet and sample all you great Rum Distillers that will be there!
As a reader of Rick The Rum Runner -- we are also offering a discount code thanks to the kind efforts of the Expo Promoters. If you go to their site to buy a ticket - HERE - You will get $20 off either a VIP or GA ticket which are $85 and $65 (now $65 and $45 respectively) Just use the code: rumrunner
If you want to know more or need updates, we will have a page to go to soon!


Use FeedSpot as your RSS to keep up with RTRR



Monday, September 08, 2014

Rum Stuff... Good Press

Love a great Rum, Love a great Distiller - Love great press.
I understand that even with our current armory of This Blog, DrinkWire.com and Liquor.com as well as Feedspot as our RSS source, we are still pretty small potatoes. However, our reach is great - our next two great markets outside the US are China and France! And this blog is about US made Rums!

So even though publications compete - we still like to see press that is helpful to our business passion. So that said, the article in Inc.com entitled: 5 Upstart US Distillers to Watch came out and talked about .. well read the title. So I looked and sure enough that is what they talked about. The BEST thing was we know of and enjoy three of the "Upstarts" and revel in this great press. 

First - About the the magazine = Inc.com
"Welcome to Inc.com, where you can find everything you need to know to start and grow your business now.
We're also the publisher of Inc. magazine, which for more than 30 years has been the premier print publication for entrepreneurs and business owners. In 1982, we introduced the Inc. 500, which showcases the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. Twenty-five years later we expanded the list to the Inc. 5000 to help readers get a deeper understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape.
We host several Inc. Events, including the annual Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony, which celebrates the Inc. 500|5000 and allows honorees, alumni, and other growth-minded entrepreneurs to learn and network.
We launched Inc.com, which is replete with small business ideas, information, and inspiration, as well as practical advice from those who have done it before, in 1996."

So they have been around the block...
So who did they talk about? Here are quotes directly from Inc..

Tailwinds Distilling

Tailwinds Distillery is all about two things: aviation and rum. Owner Toby Beall and his brother Jamey are pilots, and they affectionately refer to their distillery as "the hangar." As for the second thing, Toby became obsessed with the spirt after visiting the Caribbean, where the rum was so good he resolved to try making his his own. 
With his wife Jill, he launched the 5,000 square feet distillery in the suburbs of Chicago three years ago. Today Beall releases a new type of rum about every six months


 Drum Circle Distilling




 After selling a handful of websites to Internet Brands for "seven figures" in 2007, Troy Roberts decided the best way to put his windfall to use would be opening Drum Circle Distilling


He took his time with his first batch, releasing his first product, Siesta Key Rum, in 2010. Since then, it's drawn accolades and praise, being named a "best buy" with 91 points by Wine Enthusiast and being described as "dangerously drinkable" in Cooking Light Magazine. His secret: real spices and no liquid flavors.
Drum Circle's products are sold in 14 states.
Lost Spirits Distillery

Known for award-winning rums and peated malts, Lost Spirits takes its drink very seriously. Their rums run the gamut from Polynesian--fermented with banana dunder and Grade A Molasses--to Navy Style, matured using sherried American Oak. And the aromas are very bold.
Master distiller Bryan Davis made a name for himself developing absinthe and whiskey the old-fashioned way, earning him a best-in-class rank for absinthe in imbibe magazine and a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Awards.
Now he's making rum the way the British navy would have liked it hundreds of years ago. The deep mahogany flavor isn't for everyone, but this is as crafty as it gets.

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 So there you are -- You can read the entire piece here, and it is worth the read. My advice is if you have a real interest in spirits (the drinkable kind anyway) sign up for their newsletter.

Til next time!


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Save Money, Drink Rum, Visit Chicago, Drink Rum, Meet Rick The Rum Runner.... Drink RUM!

So -- that pretty much Wraps it up for today. 
Don't forget, if you are planning to come to the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo, on Sept 30, 2014, buy your tickets soon. Don't forget to use the code rumrunner to get a $20 discount!

What IS The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo? You ask....

The largest gathering of small, independent, family owned, handcrafted spirits and the distillers, importers, bottlers, distributors and representative under one roof! Sample some of the best of the boutique vodkas, gins, rums, tequilas, mezcals, whiskies and liqueurs from all around the world.

We will be going to The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo!!! I hope to meet and sample all you great Rum Distillers that will be there!
As a reader of Rick The Rum Runner -- we are also offering a discount code thanks to the kind efforts of the Expo Promoters. If you go to their site to buy a ticket - HERE - You will get $20 off either a VIP or GA ticket which are $85 and $65 (now $65 and $45 respectively) Just use the code: rumrunner
If you want to know more or need updates, we will have a page to go to soon!


Use FeedSpot as your RSS to keep up with RTRR



Thursday, September 04, 2014

More Rum!!! We need MORE RUM!

It is really a lot of fun watching this site grow. Getting more outlets, more dedicated readers and finding even more Rum Distillers. That's what it really is all about. I want anyone in the USA to be able to look at our list of Distillers and be able to fine at LEAST one local craft made rum. Of course so many of them also sell online, and have picked up distributors outside their home state -- the chances of you finding Rum Paradise just gets better!

That in mind, lets see who we can add, today.

First on the list we find Sea Hagg Distillery. This Distillery is located in New Hampshire. A little about them:
"Sea Hagg Silver Rum - Sea Hagg Silver Rum is crafted in small batches from sugar cane molasses grown and produced in the United States.   Our rum is distilled in a traditional copper alembic pot still, aged in custom toasted barrels, and bottled by hand at our distillery. This product is a full bodied clear rum ideal for sipping slightly chilled or cocktail mixing."







SecondWicked Dolphin Rum They hail From the warm and friendly state of Florida. I will let them introduce the Two Rums themselves:

"Wicked Dolphin Silver Rum is handcrafted in small batches using a coppers pot still – a technique major national brands forgo. Then it’s blended with Rum aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrel, which
gives Wicked Dolphin its signature blond tint, creamy taste & feel with vanilla and butterscotch notes. It’s a true treat from Florida to you.



Wicked Dolphin Florida SPICED Rum is distinctively Florida with notes of Florida oranges and honey with a creamy vanilla undertone and a spicy finish. We also add some of our aged rum to our spiced to give it a nice smooth and mature taste that makes a perfect combination for enhancing a time-honored beverage. We call it a “Wicked Coke.” Whether you are enjoying the Florida Sun & Lifestyle or heading back to your home – Take a bit of Florida with you Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced Rum"


Finally we introduce; Broadslab Distillery. They are a traditional Moonshine Distillery out of North Carolina. They have two rums on their product slide:

History of Carolina Coast Spiced Rum

Published by Broadslab Distillery

Carolina Coast Spiced Rum, harkens back to the days of the Rumrunners who historically frequented the Carolina coastline from which this molasses-based product got its name.

Carolina Coast Spiced Rum is born of a rich family heritage. Our craft has been honed for over 150 years, through five generations of my family. Both sides of my family have been a part of the colorful moonshining legacy of Johnston County, North Carolina's Famous "Broadslab" region.

Now we have channeled the cumulative knowledge, experience, and expertise of these generations into the production of a premium quality spiced rum. Our Carolina Coast Spiced Rum pays tribute to another heritage, one that reaches back beyond our own, to the 18th century.

Back to the days when commerce moved on wind powered vessels, the rum trade frequented our Carolina coastline, and rum runners were frequently the victims of the pirates of the Carolinas, who prized rum as both a liquid commodity and a pleasurable escape.

Today we hope our Carolina Coast Spiced Rum will reflect your own special memories of pleasurable times on the Carolina Coast. Our Carolina Coast Spiced Rum is artisan crafted of the finest natural ingredients. We start with premium, table grade molasses and pure granulated cane sugar. Then our Carolina Coast is distilled in our custom crafted, solid copper, pot still, at our distillery in Johnston County, NC. The key to Carolina Coast's distinctively unique flavor, and rich amber color, is our secret recipe of all natural spices and flavorings; which are enhanced to perfection by aging in charred oak. You will find Carolina Coast to be the perfect spirit for your favorite rum drinks and delightful simply on the rocks. Carolina Coast is hand bottled in small batches, in 750 mL glass bottles, corked, and wax sealed. It is packaged 6 bottles per case.

We take pride in using American made packaging and materials. 

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Carolina Coast Silver Rum:
Sippably sweet and pure. Flavorful enough to mix. Distilled from sugar and sugar molasses - nothing else.








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Save Money, Drink Rum, Visit Chicago, Drink Rum, Meet Rick The Rum Runner.... Drink RUM!

So -- that pretty much Wraps it up for today. 
Don't forget, if you are planning to come to the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo, on Sept 30, 2014, buy your tickets soon. Don't forget to use the code rumrunner to get a $20 discount!

What IS The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo? You ask....

The largest gathering of small, independent, family owned, handcrafted spirits and the distillers, importers, bottlers, distributors and representative under one roof! Sample some of the best of the boutique vodkas, gins, rums, tequilas, mezcals, whiskies and liqueurs from all around the world.

We will be going to The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo!!! I hope to meet and sample all you great Rum Distillers that will be there!
As a reader of Rick The Rum Runner -- we are also offering a discount code thanks to the kind efforts of the Expo Promoters. If you go to their site to buy a ticket - HERE - You will get $20 off either a VIP or GA ticket which are $85 and $65 (now $65 and $45 respectively) Just use the code: rumrunner
If you want to know more or need updates, we will have a page to go to soon!

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Next Stop? Gubba Rum.

Twitter introduced me to Gubba Rum. It looks intriguing because I may have found a Craft Rum with coconut flavor! I am interested to see what this will taste like -- real interested.
I'll let Gubba Rum introduce themselves:

The story behind Gubba Rum
My wife and I visited St. Martin some time ago. While there, we got to taste a delicious rum liquor, in a striking, hand painted bottle. After returning to the States, I decided to import that product to the States as there was nothing similar on the market. After spending significant time and money, it wasn’t logistically possible.
Since significant time and money had already been invested, I didn’t want to give up on the idea of creating a new, different tasting rum. I was introduced to a distiller in Colorado, who was willing to work with me to hand craft the artisanal, naturally organic products that are now Gubba Gold Rum and Gubba Silver Rum. Gubba Gold contains natural vanilla and Gubba Silver contains natural coconut which are both unfiltered. It’s normal for the infusion of natural ingredients to settle in the bottle.  Simply shake and enjoy!

About Gubba Rum
Gubba Rums are inspired by using a technique that dates back to the 1800’s. These artisanal, organic and naturally infused rums are made from pure cane and the finest fruits, spices and herbs the world has to offer.

As oft reported here - East Coast represents! Gubba is in Waban, Massachusetts.
I have to say -- I am very curious about the Vanilla accented Gold Rum and the Coconut flavored White.... Stay Tuned!







In other news:

We will be going to The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo!!! I hope to meet and sample all you great Rum Distillers that will be there!
As a reader of Rick The Rum Runner -- we are also offering a discount code thanks to the kind efforts of the Expo Promoters. If you go to their site to buy a ticket - HERE - You will get $20 off either a VIP or GA ticket which are $85 and $65 (now $65 and $45 respectively) 
If you want to know more or need updates, we will have a page to go to soon!
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