Monday, March 09, 2015

Is it Rum -- Is it Not??

 I first encountered a Rum based upon Sorghum when I visited Iowa in early 2013. You can read that experience here. While looking through posts on American Made Rum and looking through our email and even Twitter it seems we have another Distiller that has released a Sorghum based Rum(?)... Here is the information on the Fair Game Beverage Co's. release.
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The Big Shindig!
Two years coming... Our spirits are ready to be released! We are of course throwing down in a big way, and the whole world's invited!  Our official spirit release party is on March 28th, between 5 and 11 PM.  Our friends at Abundance NC will be mixing up inspired cocktails and serving straight pours of our No'Lasses Sorghum Spirit and Apple Brandy, plus the fortified wine cocktails you've grown to love us for.  DJ Khaleeb will be working the turntables from 5 - 8 PM, spinning classic soul, rock n' roll, and R&B for the crowd, and from 8 PM on, expect a majorly rocking musical intervention in the form of Gasoline Stove.  Two great food trucks, exotic Korean BBQ from Kokyu and local favorites Capp's A'pizza will be on site, slinging food for your grumbling tummy.

Get your tickets now at spiritsrelease.eventbrite.com, because the price goes up on March 25See you there!
NC Distiller's Association
We were so pleased to have hosted the NC Distiller's Association's quarterly meeting on Monday.  Small but strong (and growing fast!), this group of entrepreneurs knows how to inspire, motivate, and get things done.  Great progress was made towards consolidating our efforts as an association to get HB 107 and SB 24 passed in the state House and Senate, allowing distilleries in the state to sell the liquor we create out of our tasting rooms instead of solely through ABC.  To learn more about the legislation itself, visit this page, put together by our friends at TOPO Distillery, and feel free to contact us for ways you can help.

It's always so great to see our friends at distilleries around the state, including Muddy River, Durham Distillery, TOPO Distillery, Carolina Distillery, Brothers Vilgalys, Mother Earth Spirits, and so many more.  Great presentations were given by RAFI and Carolina Farm Stewards about the importance of using local agriculture in the creation of craft spirits. Thanks to Pittsboro Roadhouse, Cafe Diem, and the Phoenix Bakery for keeping us fueled and on our toes all day long!
Meet Kevin!
Take a minute to look again at the photo at the top of the newsletter... You may have noticed a couple of things.  First, meet Kevin, our new salesman and business development coordinator!  Be sure to run over and introduce yourself when you see him at our Liquor Release Party.  Second, this photo was taken the first day we started bottling spirit!  Chris, Rose, and Kevin spent the day bottling our No'Lasses Sorghum Spirit - check out how many cases they knocked out in just a few hours!

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Now, its obvious that the No'Lasses Sorghum Spirit is just a mention here amidst the other fabulous news of Spirits releases - but it caught my eye so I had to mention it and talk a little bit about it.

According to the United States Government Federal Standards of Identity, the following paragraph offers an official definition of rum.
(f) Class 6; rum. "Rum" is an alcoholic distillate from the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup, sugar cane molasses, or other sugar cane by-products, produced at less than 190 proof in such manner that the distillate possesses the taste, aroma and characteristics generally attributed to rum, and bottled at not less than 80 proof; and also includes mixtures solely of such distillates.
The key words there are "sugar cane syrup, sugar cane molasses, or other sugar cane by-products.." I guess making it with Sorghum is not Rum. Another look at Sorghum, however,  yields this information: (Click for article). The two plants are similar, yielding similar products. My comment here is simple... If you get the opportunity -- taste it -- It is a bit different but not radically so. Darned good. The Mississippi River Distilling Company experience was very good.. I find it a lighter tasting "Rum". I would expect nothing less of No'Lasses....

So #1 Congratulations to Fair Game Beverages for hosting you spirits release party... I will be in SC in May -- I may try to link up somehow but in the mean time -- Party on!!

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