Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Final 2015 Blog.. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 We've pretty much gotten to the end of 2016. What a year it has been in the Rum Industry! I have seen huge growth in the craft Rum business, a whole new round of Distillers improving, introducing new and just getting found by The Rum Runner.








This will be the last post until the New Year. Unless I find something fun, frightening or just plain
newsworthy before then. Take the time off to explore the past postings, or go back and start all over with our very first blog post.









I can tell you our search in Pennsylvania has yielded fruit, er rum. The Peeps at Manatawny Stillworks have provided samples, and I will get back to you with our first taste of 2016...
So to all - Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year....
As always -- I AM:

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Let's Explore Another State For -- RUM!

Been in the Holiday swirl here -- but today lets explore the great state of Pennsylvania, for rum.... Rum m-m-m-m-m...

It does not take long to discover that Pennsylvania looks like a Distilling State! So much so that I immediately stumbled upon a website: Visit Philly, and their page directing us to their distilleries. This is just the greater Philadelphia area too! In fact -- I found three, so we will just do these before moving one through the rest of the state, next time....



Let's look at the first we uncover;

Always fascinated by the story behind the rum, the people at La Colombe came from a background of coffee!?! Here is a bit of explanation from them:
"After two decades of killing it in the coffee game, La Colombe founders Todd and JP wanted to celebrate with something special. On their sourcing trips around the world, they noticed that wherever there was coffee production happening, there was usually a little moonshining action going on as well. Taking distilling tips from resourceful coffee farmers back to Philly, they set up a micro-distillery in their flagship café in Fishtown and started producing Different Drum, a coffee-infused craft sipping rum."



Sounds intriguing to me... Looks like they have combined the taste of coffee with rum, and decided to make their own rum to complete the mix. We have been able to taste a number of coffee/rum blends and would be more than happy to same some Different Drum. I hope to be in contact and hope to bring you more, soon!





The next in line is Hewn Spirits. They have a line of Distilled spirits, the first is what interests us the most. Rum, Shipmate Gold Rum to be exact. Since I don't have a sample (yet) to taste, here is what the folks at Hewn Spirits have to say about it;
Shipmate Rum is for real people, plain and simple. Rum has always been about folks
who love the water, even when they’re on land. Shipmate Rum is perfect straight up, on the rocks, or mixed in your favorite concoction. Artisan-crafted in small batches in a handmade copper pot still, our full line of Shipmate Rums uses only the finest Grade A sugarcane molasses and hand-picked spices. Permission to come aboard… Granted.

I will keep track of them. We will be contacting them, as we do all our intros and we can see if we can taste and comment.... 
From their description, looks like a dash of spice can sent them apart from a lot of rums, especially when it is the only on on the menu.... 




Finally we explore Manatawny Still Works. Another multi-spirit distiller, they offer one Rum. The rum is white, they seem to specifically recommend it for mixing. Still, sounds like another that demands to be tasted here at Rick The Rum Runner. Here are their comments:

T. Rutter Rum

Pioneers like ironmaster Thomas Rutter forged possibilities in the land where Manatawny Still Works now distills our rum. Rutter was one of the first and his Manatawny Forge is recalled in this double-distilled spirit.
Straight or in a cocktail, T. Rutter Rum is a homage to the forgotten founders.

History has handed down to us a lot of special places in and around Philadelphia---places brimming with natural beauty.
In the Northwestern suburbs sits Montgomery County, home to communities as important to the history of this country as any others—the Revolution, the Civil War, industrialization—significant change and progress happened in this part of the country. And it's happening again.



The place sounds interesting and I'd love to know more. As usual, we will be in contact and see what we can find!

In closing, as we find out so many times, the spirits mentioned here may be available to you. Most are sold in or at the Distillery itself, most can be ordered online, of course check to see if they can sell/ship to your state. As usual -- You MUST be 21 to buy or drink....

Till next time -- I am:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thank you - Rick the Rum Runner....

Well we made it to Thanksgiving! I wanted to tell you all what I am thankful for.
I'm thankful to have this blog. Through it I have found not only some unbelievably good rums, but some astounding people. It's the people that make the journey interesting. Sure, there is a story behind every rum. But, there is also a story behind every Distiller. The process, the actual journeys they made and still make, to learn, to make their spirit better. In their efforts our spirit is made better too. Sure a good stiff hit of a great rum IS something to behold, but when you experience the whole story, the reason why: that's when it becomes interesting.
I have made another discovery over the years, it only just now made itself decipherable. You see we often take time at Thanksgiving and express our thanks (genuine as it is) for WHAT we are thankful for. I found as I grow, that it's not the things I am thankful for, it's the people. So on Thanksgiving, Rick the Rum Runner thanks all the Distillers, the
ones that are out their now, the ones past as well. It is you that has made my trip a discovery laden exploration of an alcoholic drink, yet so much more. It is a demonstration of people, wanting to follow a passion, wanting to make something that is not only theirs, but for offering to others. Yeah, its just rum. But it wasn't always. It was water, sugar, yeast and time. It took their intercession to make it rum. It took their work to make it available to us.
Sure there are many things and people to be thankful for. Many so much more important that writers and distillers and drinkers. But, it's who I found. I am thankful...

Happy Thanksgiving, from your runner...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holiday Rum!

I would be remiss if I did not, first, wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season, with Thanksgiving being literally around the corner. Along that line, we have, from time to time, we have tried to include an entry devoted to holiday Rum Drinks.... So, Here we go!.........










This first one is for a gathering (it serves 30 -- or perhaps just 3) but usually a crowd pleaser:


WASSAIL

Ingredients:
(Yields 30 servings)

1 gallon apple cider
2 quarts cranberry juice
1 tbsp aromatic bitters
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp white allspice
2 oranges, studded with cloves
2 cups Appleton Estate V/X rum

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and warm slowly over low heat. Serve warm, and if you can keep the punch on heat, even better (the smells of cinnamon and apple will float through your house).


The next one is a favorite here and has been on the Holiday list for at least the last couple years and it features Richland Rum -- A great AMR:

HOT BUTTERED RUM 

Ingredients:
- 1 small slice butter (optional),
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional),
- Spices such as
cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice (optional),
- Dash of vanilla extract (optional),
- 6 oz hot water (optional),
- 2 oz Richland Rum

Enjoy! 
One of my favorites (since I started drinking craft Rums) is the simple, yet VERY good Hot Milk Punch. Yeah. If your family wants to leave a nice mug of this out for Santa to enjoy... He'll dig it!

Hot Milk Punch

You'll need one oz of a dark (aged) Rum. (Sooooo many to choose make it your fav as Santa will move you over to the GOOD side of his list)
Then an oz of Brandy
A teaspoon of superfine sugar
Milk (heat it up and mix while HOT)
Nutmeg

Combine in a mug, sprinkle a light touch of nutmeg on the top....

Simple set up -- if you can wait til you hear footsteps on your roof to mix, the Jolly Elf will gift you BIG.

You'll hear from me with more -- but have a great Thanksgiving, or just a wonderful week....








Saturday, November 14, 2015

Shop Rum Early for Christmas!!!

Just a quick visit today.... If you are looking for gift for the whole house -- how about a Rum Advent Calendar??

Here it is!! And a link to order


That's it for today ---- Have fun CU next week!


Thursday, November 05, 2015

No -- Really -- It's RUM!!

I have to confess.... This is about popcorn:

BUT

It's about Rum Popcorn.
Now, you know I am constantly on the search, but when this trip transpired, I wanted to take a break from searching for rum. I knew the area, and knew the distillers in this area, and decided to let our weekend be guided by the other couple taking time to share their weekend with us. Short story - I did not go rum searching.
Still, if one fell into my lap (glass), I couldn't pass by an opportunity.

Galena IL...
This is a great area for a wonderful, relaxing weekend. The views are majestic, great shopping Great (perhaps TOO great food) and activities from Historic places, architectural spots, Sports activities, Art, Pottery... You name it. We've been
there many times and always finding something to do and or see (Hint: The Mound, Bread -- Google it) that we haven't done or seen inf not EVER than for some time. 
All That brings us to... The great American Popcorn Company. First of all. If you like Popcorn, you have to go there. Second if you like glazed popcorn -- Well, you get what I'm gonna tell you. The big thing is: If you like RUM -- Yeah -- You have to go there!! Oh go there too if you like Chocolate, Coffee Jelly Belly jellybeans.... Just get in there!
Yes as I was perusing the selections, I found Buttered Rum Popcorn. Now I know what you're thinking; "Yeah all sweet -- buttery flavor and some indistinguishable flavor that MIGHT be rum." Wrong -- It was Jamaican style rum! Really! 
I was pressed for time and did not get a chance to really "get into" the rum popcorn story (I will be following up), but was told that they had 2 more popcorns in the works with real rum in the recipe.
See that's the thing the popcorn has Real Rum in it, no "flavorings" no "extracts"... No -- its RUM.

If you have not checked out American Made Rum -- Our Facebook page, please do so now. And please LIKE us! There are lots of activities around the country (perhaps near you) happening, AMR Is the place to check out what's happening at a distiller near you, or where you are travelling to -- or, better yet, to inspire a Road Trip!!

That's it !! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

We Explore Connecticut's Smuggler's Rum!

When we searched Connecticut for Rum Distillers, one Connecticut Valley Distillery (CVD) stood out. The Owner and Chief Distiller, Rich Gummoe, was nice enough to answer questions from us about his journey to maker of SMUGGLER'S Silver RUM.
Now, I have to confess, I have not tasted this spirit (yet) but am hoping one of three things will happen soon. One, I get to visit Connecticut and head out to Ellington, Connecticut and sit down, taste and talk right there at CVD. Two, he sends a sample, allowing me to taste and tell you all about it. Finally, there's Three: One or more of my readers stop there and send me email telling me all about their tastes... I'll get back to you just as soon as I can on any or all of those happenings.

So, to go from there.... Let's talk Rum:


Rich Gummoe was nice enough to answer many of my questions. I tend to be very inquisitive because I am fascinated with not only the product (rum) but also the producers. In our first back-and-forth we find out a little about Connecticut Valley Distillery CVD and, Rich Gummoe.

So when it comes to hats, what one do you wear?
“I wear a lot but the one I am most proud of is Distiller. That was my goal as I started and the final product, Smuggler's Silver Rum is my rum child. It is what we have developed, to date, and I am proud to offer it to my customers.”

That brings us to the “when's”, the “why's”. Tell us about the beginnings, what got you started?
“It was early 2004. I was looking at brewing a beer. At the time Craft Beers were coming fast onto the market and the industry found a thirsty public, wanting to explore.
I played with different styles of beer. I was using my education in microbiology, yeast cell reproduction, I had learned at UCONN.

I was experimenting, looking for a higher alcohol content from the yeast I was using. The
idea to run the beer through a still and see what came out. The distilled spirit was, in fact, a whiskey of sorts. My Chem 201 Classes were continuing to pay off in my distillation skill. I have to say at that moment it was goodbye to the brew kettle and hello to the copper still.
I studied 17th century New England distillery process. I noted that Connecticut style of rum during those colonial times and I was struck by how similar these steps are to the initial production steps I was seeing during my time spent studying sake’ brewing in Japan a number of years prior. That led me to CVD's classic colonial Silver style of rum making.”

I notice Your Silver Rum is currently the only product you offer. I would imagine as you grow others (maybe whiskeys, etc) will come about.
“Smuggler’s Silver Rum is the only rum that we produce at this time. This style of rum was 3 years in research and 1 year development. The research of Smuggler’s Rum took me to many historically renowned New England rum making communities. When during one of these investigative trips to New London Connecticut, I struck upon what I thought was a unique process that I had not seen in other areas of New England.” However, we do expect the release of our Smuggler's Spiced Rum early 2016.

So that let's me know Rich is not a wide-ranging gunner of all spirits, but a thoughtful, and patient Distiller, looking for what, first of all, pleases him. He seems to want to make sure he makes the very best he can, and reproduce it for the parched, Rum Enthusiasts. I asked a question about his philosophy of distilling and his answer confirmed what I suspected.
“One of the reason that I chose to begin making rum over other spirits is the lack of TTB process restriction as is with other spirits like whiskeys.”
Often, I find this same attitude among many Distillers and find it's what keeps their focus and their quest of quality to the fore.

As we speak of Smuggler's Rum, I'd like to know how your growth, in a short period of time, has been?


“In the nine months CVD has made Smuggler's Rum we have already been recognized in CT NOW, Reader's Choice Poll as the #3 Distillery in the 12 listed Distilleries in the state. Smuggler's Rum is out #1 Rum produced in CT. I am proud to say that.”

So that pretty mush sums up this entry. I search for Rum all over the USA looking for it all. When I find it I will make sure you hear about it. Stay tuned -- for I AM:





Thursday, October 22, 2015

Rick explores Minnesota for Rum and Fun!

This post we continue in our search for rums in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. For me, nearly 3 years ago when I decided to begin to write about craft rums, and not just any craft rum, just those made in the United States, Little did I know I would have such a directory. The Rick the Rum Runner directory is available to everyone who visits here and is looking for a great rum, and a rum made near them! Pick your state, or one that you'll be visiting perhaps on vacation, even a business trip and select the distiller(s) that catches your eye. Our directory will take you to their website (and make Facebook and/or Twitter if available) allowing you to find out more. If I may suggest - take a tour, taste the rum in their house and know if its one that you'd like to add to your barback. You can even see what we've had to say about it by putting the rum name or the distiller name into the Search This Blog spot on the right of the page. Bam! Every mention of that rum will appear for you to read, contact and even report to me to tell us what you thought of the rum.
Three years we have been reporting here and i have to say, it is still tons of fun. So much so - we need to get back to our search and look at:
RUMS FROM MINNESOTA
I decided to work this search using a site called City Pages Use this link to connect you to it if you want to read more. Lets see what they list as - Open, About to open or planned Distilleries in Minnesota:
Norseman Distillery
"Norseman Distillery, the first micro-distillery in Minneapolis, was founded with principles of using the very best local ingredients to produce small batches of exceptionally fine spirits. From our micro-distillery in northeast Minneapolis, we hand craft each batch with the hopes of inspiring legendary cheer in those who drink it."
We here may make a run just to visit these distillers. The more we find the better we like it!
They have tours (go to their website (click on their name to go there) and put it in your plans!
"Visit our distillery and see in action the attention that NORSEMAN Distillery gives to each spirit run to create a hand crafted, award winning, premium Spirit.
Our tours happen on Friday, and Saturday for the general public. Plan to spend a minimum of 60 minutes at our facility. Each tour includes samples of all of our premium spirits (21+)"









The Next stop?
Far North Spirits
Ålander is distilled in small batches from Demerara and Turbinado sugar. All rum spices are purchased whole (no extracts or flavor-house oils) and infused by hand: whole bean vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves.A hint of espresso lends a surprising depth of flavor.

So a Spiced rum is there for us to enjoy. For me its sounds very interesting and, I want to meet them and hear their story! Here's a bit -- but go to their site for the whole story.

In 1917, Great Grandpa Gustaf arrived in Skane Township to begin farming some of the richest land on earth.
Almost 100 years later, we built Far North Spirits, the northernmost distillery in the contiguous United States, here on the Swanson family farm just 25 miles from Canada in the northwest corner of Minnesota. ...





Boiler Room Rum
Sugar is produced from refined sugar cane juice, and molasses comes from the extract of this concentrated sugar. If the molasses is boiled a third time, it is known as Blackstrap. It's more bitter than the second boil, but it is also more flavorful.
Most rums are made from molasses, but vary in strength. Our Boiler Room Rum uses dark blackstrap molasses to find the richest end of the spectrum.
We hope you enjoy the complexity and nuance of this back room spirit.

Their name and their history is pretty neat as well:
Located in the historic Hamm's Brewery on Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul, 11 Wells is proud to be part of the revitalization of the Payne Avenue Corridor along with our other great neighbors Ward 6 restaurant, Ace Hardware, Flat Earth Brewery, and Urban Organics. And, yes, there are 11 wells on site, the 11th of which will be the water source of our spirits. You may have heard of us before under the name Mill City Distillery, but we have renamed our distillery 11 Wells to be true to our St. Paul roots.

See what I mean -- I love these introduction and have every intention of going there to meet the whole team.

At the time of this publication - they were not producing. You (and we) can use the link to
check on them and find out what is happening




So there we are -- as we here are finishing up our third year seeking great American Made Rum, this exploration to Minnesota is just the beginning. Keep reading and keep Sipping!





Thursday, October 15, 2015

Let's Get Behind The Bar - Rum Recipes

I was giving the Charles Coulombe book, Rum The Epic Story That Conquered The World, a look, and noticed a few drink recipes from all ages of Rum History.

Here's one that, while the name doesn't go back to WWI the formula does:
Between The Sheets
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1/2 oz brandy
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 ox light rum
Shake this with ice and serve in a cocktail glass

I find Between The Sheets interesting in that we have a mixture of alcohol we don't often see. Let's see what others we can find.

I post this next one because we have become lazy when mixing drinks. I confess to often just going to Rum & Coke as a drop back, but forget the history behind the Cuba Libre, the real drink that started that marriage. Having make it in the original way I can say -- You NEED to make it this way. It is decidedly a better drink a treat to your taste buds:
Cuba Libre
3 oz Coca-Cola
Lime wedge
1 oz rum (I like a dark rum)
2 oz Gin
2 dashes of bitters.

Try that mix -- please write to me and tell me what you think!!

We can't talk historic rum drinks without wading into --- The Mai Tai. Here are 4 recipes, each with their subtle tastes standing out -- but each different in their own, cool way....
The Original Mai Tai formula
2 oz 17 year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum
½ oz French Garnier Orgeat
½ oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
¼ oz rock candy Syrup
Juice of 1 fresh lime
Hand Shake and garnish with ½ the lime shell inside the drink and float a sprig of mint at the edge of the glass.

As the name Mai Tai implies (The Very Best), making one of those can get rather expensive. However, the drink has changed over time:
First changed Mai Tai Recipe
1 oz 15 year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum
1 oz Coruba or Red Heart Jamaican rum
½ Trader Vic Formula orgeat
½ oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
¼ oz rock candy syrup
Juice of 1 fresh lime
Mix and serve as the Original above

So Trader Vic makes an appearance and the rum used is a bit younger (part of it was that there was such a limited amount of 17 year old that 15 year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum was supstituted. Still more changes were made.

Second Ajusted Mai Tai Formula:
1 oz Trader Vic's Jamaican Rum (15 or 8 year old)
1 oz Martinique rum (St James or Trader Vic's)
1 oz pre-mixed Curacau, ogeat, and rock candy syrup
Juice of 1 fresh lime
Mix and serve as the Original

Here there are more pre-made ingredients, showing the commercialization of the drink, but allowing more of us the ability to eaily make one, or 20. Still, there is one more, which pretty makes up what most of us get when we order a Mai Tai

Present Day Mai Tai Formula
2 oz fine dark rum
4 oz Trader Vic's Mai Tai Mix
Juice of one large lime
Mix and serve as the Original

So once we get past the named Rums (decidedly not American Made) we find the present day Mai-Tai. Try it with a your very best Dark American Rum and tell us how you liked it..


OK OK That's it for me. See you next time!!!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

We check out the web for Rum!

Emails,Tweets, Facebook and the like. I just needed to talk.
Seems Blackwater Distillery got some great recognition and it will allow them to expand and upgrade. Here is the release we have:


Blackwater Distilling Awarded Queen Anne’s County Economic Development Grant and Low-interest Loan

Grant of $70,000 and low-interest loan of $100,000 will be used to expand production capacity and product lines at the Queen Anne’s County distillery.
STEVENSVILLE, Md. – October 5, 2015 – Blackwater Distilling™, Inc. (“Blackwater”), Maryland’s oldest craft distillery, today announced that the company has been awarded a total of $170,000 in loans and grants from Queen Anne’s County.... (LINK)

Blackwater seems to be out there - getting their Spirits onto the market. If you are interested - click that link to read the entire article. 
A little background:
About Blackwater Distilling

Blackwater Distilling™, Inc. is a rapidly growing producer of handcrafted, premium spirits and Maryland’s oldest craft distillery. Blackwater was founded on a vision of reviving Maryland’s distinguished distilling heritage by crafting premium-quality spirits using the finest ingredients, supporting local farms and businesses in the process.




We also made contact with the folks at Connecticut Valley Distilling. Richard Gummoe got back to me and we are in the process of setting up an e-interview. I will keep you posted!!


In Twitter -- we have heard from many interesting Rum Enthusiasts. We love the follows - but I general don't follow back unless YOU are a rum, food, spirit information Tweeter. However, if you want to hear from not only us, but many food, drink , and spirit Makers, marketers and commentaries -- We are the spot! @Rick_Rum_Runner.. Just a sampling of interesting Tweeters we follow:
Wicked Jack's Tavern
George Sheppard
Wicked Dolphin Rum
Rougaroux Rum
Imbibe Magazine
The Bar Chick
And so many more. Get all your rum and Spirit info @Rick_Rum_Runner.

Til next time I AM:

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Looking for Rum in Kansas


Since Rum got its start in the 13 Colonies here before the USA, it seems right that its presence in Distilleries, as we go further west, tends to fade away. However, I am determined to "fill in" the states that have no Rum distillers listed in our Guide. I was not thinking too positively when I began my search in this interior state, but found a goodly amount of Distillers. Being a Grain State, Sure it seemed they all were Whiskey based (nothing wrong there, but not my focus here) ... I did stumble upon:

Looks like we found not only a Rum but two Rums!!


Wichita’s 1st legal distillery
Wheat State Distilling is a Kansas artisan distillery producing premium spirits including vodka, gin, whiskey, bourbon and rum. Our Wheat Vodka is for sale now at the distillery and at Kansas liquor stores with our Gin and White Rum for sale later this spring. We currently are aging our Wheat Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey and Spiced Rum.
Master Distiller & Owner- David Bahre

David Bahre’s love and knowledge of grains and fine spirits combined into an obsession. After years of planning, he started building the distillery in January of 2013 and Wheat State Distilling officially opened in December of 2013.
David is a Wichita native and self-professed nerd. Following a family tradition in agriculture, he received his bachelor’s degree in Grain Science and Milling from Kansas State University and is working on his Masters in Agribusiness from KSU as well. Wheat State Distilling is a family owned and operated business. David’s wife, Kim, a Wichita native and KSU grad as well, works along with him. Their daughter, the inspiration for Bella Bahre’s Bourbon, is a frequent sight at the distillery in addition to great friends and family who help out when needed. Shiloh, the Great Dane better known as the Hooch Pooch can regularly be spotted lounging on the couch watching the hard work happen.
Why Kansas?
Wheat makes some of the best spirits in the world. With the best wheat in the world in Kansas, why are spirits not made here? David has set out to change this.
Field-to-bottle
Wheat State Distilling’s goal is field to bottle distilling, tracing the ingredients we use from the FARM to the MILL to the STILL to the BOTTLE. You can track how your spirits were made with the hand written batch and bottle numbers on your label this web site. Learn more under Our Process.

Wheat State Distilling’s focus is premium, Hand-crafted spirits

made from local quality grains.

So I see that their main aim is whiskey. They do, however have this in their repertoire:

WHITE RUM
Available NOW in our tasting room and at liquor stores across Kansas!!

SPICED RUM
NOW available at the Distillery

Rum barrel aged for 7 months, infused with cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla.





This said.....  I don't have lots of info on Wheat State Distillery (WSD), I will send a follow up email and see what I can find out!

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As we enter the Fall season -- This is an IDEAL time to enjoy a nice Dark & Stormy:

Dark & Stormy Ingredients

2 ounces rum -- dark rum

3 ounces ginger beer

1/2 ounce lime juice


Collins glass, or, my favorite a mug 

Instructions:

Combine the rum, the ginger beer, and the lime juice (optional), in a tall glass full of ice cubes and give it a good stir.
The idea here is to nail the ratio between the spice of the ginger beer and the richness of the rum. Depending on brands of each used, you may want to play around with the proportions. For an “Authentic” Bermuda D&S, omit the lime juice.

Remember, Ginger Beer is NOT Ginger Ale. There are a number of very good brands out there at good liquor stores. Experiment with the one YOU like with the Rum YOU LIKE.

I have heard of making it with Spiced Rum but have not tasted one myself. I'd be interested in your reaction to this easy and very satisfying drink.....


October is a special time of the year for RTRR... Why you ask? Because its our Anniversary Month!! More on that later this month as I recall some of our early places, people and ideas....


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A New Distiller - For You!


One great source of new distillers that allows you to find out more about a distiller quickly, without hunting them down is social media. Our Twitter account is often followed by Distillers and Brewers world wide. I appreciate the interest but I try to check out Distillers in particular, as there is always a chance for.... RUM. Today, let's look at one such find.



Smokey Quartz So, let's pay them a digital visit.
"They are located on the Est Coast (New Hampshire to be exact) and have evolved like many of the Distillers I have stumbled upon. Here, let them tell you about themselves:
Smoky Quartz Distillery, located on the Southern NH Seacoast, is an artisan ‘grain to glass’ craft distillery that uses locally sourced New England grain to distill truly exceptional spirits. The distillery is named after the official New Hampshire Gem Stone which is the “Smoky Quartz” crystal. Our first spirit, Solid Granite Vodka, is handcrafted in small batches and artfully distilled from corn grown within a 125 miles of the distillery. The name “Solid Granite” derives from its status as a new vodka created from fresh local grains, fermented ourselves, distilled ourselves and bottled ourselves using pure New Hampshire spring water. This is vodka with character! Try it neat, on the rocks or mixed, each style helps you discover it myriad complexities. We are dedicated craftsmen with a drive, passion and conviction to create naturally superior tasting spirits."

So, they followed me (@Rick_Rum_Runner) and I read that they seemed to have only their Vodka. Cool... But as I read their Tweets, I see they have released a Spiced Rum!! Here is the text of a September Tweet:

Visit us in Seabrook, NH and get your limited edition Smoky Quartz Distillery aged rum! This rum was aged in the...

So, while they have at least one rum there currently is NOTHING on their website....
We will pursue with a follow up email and hope to bring you more...




In other news, Fair Game Distillery manages to snag GOLD in this years Asheville Wine and Food Fetival. In the ELIXIR category, they got Bronze with their Peach Tipper. The Suppernong gathered in a Silver. The big one though was their Ferris. This had won Silver earlier this year but won the Gold at this event.
So this is about wine not rum but it shows their dedication, skill and passion in Wine making distillation and brewing. Their Nolasses (Rum using Sorghum) is excellent and they continue to expand into Rum and bring us high quality Spirits.
Congrats! Our Visit Link.

See you next time -- right here - Hope to have some info from Smokey Quartz