Rum News|Hemingway Rum Company Distillery & Experience Center Opens 5/20/17 |#PapasKeyWest #PapasPilar

Hey Rum Lovers! Now there is another reason to head south to Key West,FL. The Hemingway Rum Company Distillery & Experience Center is opening to the public, beginning at 9:00am on Saturday, May 20, 2017. 

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s Spirit of Adventure, the Makers of  Papa’s Pilar® premium sipping rums, offer Rum Enthusiasts a New Adventure Destination. Yesterday invited media got a sneak peek of this new facility and here’s a link to some photos:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vz4o1muw2qxsn3v/AACEJ_ToytoKH-eMcbMSrQ9sa?dl=0 

Nestled in the heart of Key West at 201 Simonton St. (the corner of Greene St. & Simonton St.), the new Rum Distillery & Experience Center pays homage to the legendary adventurer who once proudly called Key West home. The building once served as an all brick tobacco warehouse built in 1878 by Irish bricklayers. Having completed a three-year renovation, the over 8,000 sq. ft. facility will support Papa’s Pilar rum production, an Experience Center, a Tasting Room, Trading Post, and eventually a rentable event center. Visitors can view a 350-gallon Hamilton Pot Still, with a custom-made reflux column, that can produce up to 80 gallons of rum per day. Guests will also be treated to an interactive “scent display,” which allows them to smell the active ingredients in each expression. Unique attractions throughout the tour pay tribute to “Papa” as Hemingway was known, including a swivel picture wall and replica of his Pilar boat affixed in the ceiling’s center rafters. Following the tour, patrons will be provided a sampling experience of Papa’s Pilar dark and blonde rums in the facility’s Tasting Room, which includes a Hemingway inspired bar top, filled with newspaper clippings, photographs and other memorabilia.

Carlton “Carl” Grooms, Key West Director of Operations, will manage the production of the award-winning rums, with the help of four full-time managers and 40 part-time employees, whom are all local Key West residents. An adventure-seeker and rum enthusiast himself, Grooms co-founded the International Rum Council and served as co-author of the book, “Rum & Contemporary Cuisine.” Carl serves on the Board of the Navy League, Key West Council, and the Key West Art and Historical Society.

“We’re excited to have created both a destination that will serve as the physical heart and soul of our brand, as well as an asset for the city of Key West,” said Grooms. “Our guests will be truly engaged and amazed with this unique experience. A trip to Key West will no longer be complete without a visit.”   

  • Tours are available daily from 9am-6pm. 
  • Tours are self-guided and do not require reservations as guests are encouraged to explore like Hemingway himself.

 In addition to the tour attractions, guests can visit the Trading Post to purchase adventure gear, bar accessories and one-of-a-kind Hemingway Rum Company apparel only available in Key West. A designated “locals corner” will allow various Key West merchants to showcase and sell their work.

“Of all his worldly travels, Ernest Hemingway chose Key West to call home,” said Lindsey Kops Mundy, Papa’s Pilar National Brand Director. “And it’s here that we chose to celebrate him and Papa’s Pilar, the rum inspired by his spirit of adventure.”

Papa’s Pilar Dark & Blonde rum varieties are hand-selected from ports-of-call in the Caribbean, Central America and Florida for their age, character and maturity, and then blended and solera aged in our proprietary process which includes Bourbon barrels and Spanish Sherry casks for the Blonde expression, and Bourbon, Port Wine and Spanish Sherry casks for the Dark Rum.

In addition to the new Rum Distillery & Experience Center, Papa’s Pilar rums are available in 750ml bottles in both on- and off-premise establishments in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Washington, DC. The brand is also registered in Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah and Virginia. The suggested retail price of the Dark and Blonde are $39.99 and $29.99, respectively. Prices may vary by market.

For more information:

About Hemingway Rum Company, LLC

Hemingway Rum Company, LLC is a distilled spirits company based in Florida that’s dedicated to producing super-premium multi-sourced solera blended Caribbean, Central American and Floridian rums. The Company’s inaugural offerings are Papa’s Pilar® Dark and Blonde Rum, incepted and crafted by a seasoned team of best-in-class partners. The Company encourages consumers of legal drinking age to “Live Courageously and Drink Responsibly” and proudly supports local organizations that serve Ernest Hemingway’s adventurous, literary and conservational legacy.

Papa’s Pilar® is a proud member of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).  

Hopefully I can get down there sometime soon, but until then I will enjoy a Papa’s Pilar® Rum + Coke cocktail at home and toast to the successful Grand Opening of the New Hemingway Rum Company Distillery & Experience Center!

Cheers!

Hey #Raleigh ~Order these delicious #CincodeMayo Cupcakes TODAY from @HCakesbyTanya 

All images taken by Darius Davis

On Tuesday, I shared ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo at home, which included some drink recipes to serve your guests. However, I forgot one important thing that makes every party, event, gathering memorable ~ DESSERT. Not just any dessert, but cupcakes. This Cinco de Mayo, consider treating yourself and your guests to 2 delicious tequila infused treats made by a baker here in Raleigh, NC!

Heavenly Cakes By Tanya – has released these two Cinco de Mayo inspired cupcakes:

  • Cinco de Mayo-Rita (vanilla flavored infused with lime & tequila, brushed with tequila, topped with lime & tequila buttercream frosting)

    • Tequila Sunrise (orange juice, grenadine & tequila flavored cupcake topped with an orange, cherry and tequila buttercream frosting)

    My husband and I both enjoyed these moist and delicious cupcakes. They were indeed heavenly! I could not believe how the cupcakr tasted so close to a margarita and a tequila sunrise, 2 of my favorite cocktails! I enjoyed the fresh ingredients she used to make the cupcakes as well as the clever ways she chose to decorate them. I can bot wait to have my guests try these at my Cinco de Mato party. These cupcakes are available $2.50 for a single and $28 for a dozen. Custom Cakes and Deserts are also her speciality and will cater for your event. Don’t delay, get your orders in today and let them know SobeSavvy.com sent you!

    Heavenly Cakes by Tanya 3101 Bellenden Pl                        Raleigh, N.C. 27604

    Tanya P Davis|Owner 919-607-4406 HCakesbyTanya@gmail.com

    Be sure to follow Heavenly Cakes by Tanya at : http://www.HCakesByTanya.com

    Social Media

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    Please share with family and friends in the Triangle and Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

    SobeSavvy Tip: If you’re going to the Raleigh Food + Wine Festival on Sunday May 21st, Heavenly Cakes By Tanya will be sampling treats!

    Celebrate #CincodeMayo with these Drink Recipes from #TequilaCorralejo @corralejo_mx

    ​Disclaimer: SobeSavvy.com received samples for editorial review, however the opinions are 100% my own. 

    Photo Credit: SobeSavvy.com

    Today may be Taco Tuesday, but in T minus 3 days the mother of all Mexican
    Holidays is upon us…Cinco De Mayo! My favorite way to celebrate is by hosting
    my own festive party at home. It’s simple, you just need: 

    • Mexican Food (set up a taco bar with a variety of
      tortillas, toppings and healthy proteins like chicken, shrimp, fish)  
    • Casual ,Colorful Decor (Colorful paper lanterns, fresh flowers, mexican
      blankets all create a laid-back and fun vibe)
    • Music (we stream our favorite party inspired playlist thru Spotify)
    •  Drinks (have a self serve bar with cold beer, and non-alcohoic
      options like juice and water but also WOW your guest with a featured
      cocktail or two)

    This year, I plan to serve tequila cocktails featuring
    Tequila Corralejo®, using their Blanco and Reposado expressions. If you never heard of this award-winning line of premium tequila, marketed by Infinium Spirits, it’s because it is one of the best-kept secrets in the tequila-industry. So I am so excited to share about this brand and offer you some drink recipes to make at your own Cinco De Mayo Party!

    Corralejo, which is already a top 10 Tequila in America was established in 1775 in the Mexican State of Guanajuato by Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle. They use the ultra traditional methods of fermentation and double distillation with clay ovens used to cook the agave plant {which resembles a weird pineapple!} They use huge copper pot stills for the distillation.

    Their Blanco is bottled directly from these copper stills. I love love the shape of the bottle. Slender and elegant. It fits Corralejo’s brand messaging: “Those With Pride Stand Tall”. All of Corralejo’s bottles are produced at a glass factory also owned by Moreno, a few miles away from the distillery. In fact, the brand is one of a handful of tequila companies granted the right to produce tequila outside of Jalisco.

    Hubby played bartender and I played customer {perfect right ?} He always says when trying a new tequila you should always stick to a simple classic the first time to truly taste it. He made a classic top shelf Margarita: Corralejo Blanco, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and if you like simple syrup. Shake and pour in a highball glass. This allowed their blanco to truly shine.

    Next up was what he called a cucumber margarita.Follow above recipe but substitute Cointreau with Grand Marnier and add cucumbers to top it off. The cucumber infuse a fresh taste throughout the cocktail {and also look super cute in the drink}.Rim with sugar or salt.

    Their Reposado is aged 4 mos in 3 different types of oak barrels and is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks. This allows you to taste it’s complexity in it’s full glory. This splendid reposado was a double Gold Medal in 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

    For more information on this spectacular Tequila, please visit http://tequilacorralejo.mx/

    Photo Recap #BeerandBacon Fest in #CaryNC @drinkeatrelax @BoothAmp @TownofCary by SobeSavvy.com

    On Saturday April 4, 2017, SobeSavvy.com joined beer lovers at a festival that celebrates the perfect pair: BEER and BACON! The Beer and Bacon Festival is known for being the Best Bacon Bash in The Triangle. If you love bacon and enjoy beer, this fest is for you! Drink Eat Relax, organized this fun event held at Town of Cary’s Booth Ampitheatre. Mother Nature was on our side because it was a gorgeous, sunny day…perfect for an outdoor beer festival!

    The Beer & Bacon Tasting Session was from Noon-6pm with a Beer Tasting Session from 2pm – 6pm. Attendees got a chance to enjoy:

    • 75 Craft Beers
    • 15 Restaurants
    • 10 Bacons From Across the US… and lots of Piggy Love

    This fun event has sold out for 3 years in a row! The ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza comes complete with the best craft beers for your tasting pleasure… and of course the food of the Gods: BACON . I tasted a gourmet bourbon bacon fresh off the grill that I really enjoyed! Each guest got a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and all live entertainment, which was a 90’s cover band. The band was great..I mean who doesn’t love the 90’s ?!

    This year the festival’s event planners changed their tickets up a bit based on guest feedback and suggestions. For instance, the early BEER & BACON TASTING SESSIONreduced the amount of tickets sold by over 20%. This allowed for less lines. Also there were NO THIRD PARTY TICKET SELLERS: Living Social, Groupon or whatever your favorite coupon site did not feature any of these tickets for sale.

    It was the perfect day for listening to live music, enjoying the fun foodie exhibits, playing games or just relaxing on the grass with your lawn chair or blanket while having some beer and bacon! For more info go to  www.beerandbacon.com Check out my photo recap video at the Beer and Bacon Fest >>>here<<< along with these fun pics as seen on the scene by SobeSavvy.com!

    Photo Recap @IGotSprung #IGotSprung @SWARM_EventAgency @GrillinNChillinBBQ #GrillinNChillin

    In South Florida, seasons are just dates on a calendar so it’s hard to know when one season ends and another begins. Sobesavvy’s South Florida Correspondent Erika LJ spent the weekend in the dynamic Wynwood neighborhood of Miami attending two premiere festivals.

    One of the best ways to know when spring arrives is because you know the Sprung Spring Beer tasting festival returns http://www.igotsprung.com/. Held in Wynwood this festival featured over 300 craft beers from local, national and international breweries. We Enjoyed live music, food and challenge games all day. We also learned from Miami’s top chefs in their Kitchen Lab with food and beer pairing demonstrations. The weather was warm and humid and the beer was ice cold. People came for fun and they all let loose and partied.

    ElJ rested up and attended the the 3rd annual Chillin and Grillin BBQ Festival. http://www.wynwoodbbqfest.com/ This festival showcased a myriad of BBQ styles. Memphis, Texas, or Kansas City barbecue to Brazilian Churrasco and the well-known Argentine Parrillada style to name a few. Everyone has their favorite BBQ and this was the only place to be this past Sunday. The pit masters had a friendly competition and this event is also so family friendly they had a family fun zone with a bounce house , stilt walkers and rock climbing wall ! Those more adventurous tried their hand at mechanical bull riding ! A fun time was had by all.

    2 #Miami Events in April You Don’t Want to Miss + Giveaway ! Hint: Beer, BBQ, Fun #SobeSavvyGiveaway

    Miami, Save the Date and Get Tix Now to 2 Fun Events happening April 1 & April 2 

    Sprung Craft Beer Festival and Grillin N Chillin are both being held at the RC Cola Plant in Wynwood. SobeSavvy.com readers have a chance to enter HERE to win tix to these must go to festivals. There will be TWO winners ( 1 winner for each festival) selected at random on 3/24/17 to receive the following:

    Sprung: 1 winner ~(2) Beer Socialite tix (which includes early entry, a backpack and 1 souvenir pint glass)

    TICKETS & INFO:

    $45 at the door (general admission). Pre-purchased ticket options include Beer Socialite ($70) and VIP ($90); both come with additional perks. To purchase tickets online, go to www.SprungBeerFest.com.


    Grillin’: 1 winner ~ (4) general admission tix

    TICKETS & INFO:

    FREE for kids under 12, $15  (general admission). $25 Family Pack (2 Adults) To purchase tickets online, go to www.WynwoodBBQFest.com.

    Be sure to follow SWARM , Sprung! and GrillinNChillin via @IGotSprung, #IGotSprung, @SWARM_EventAgency, @GrillinNChillinBBQ, #GrillinNChill… And @SobeSavvy for an event recap of all the beer and bbq fun! Don’t be a April’s Fool and miss out on these two festivals. Hope to see you there and Good Luck!

    Win 2 Tix to Beer & Bacon Fest April 8 in #CaryNC @drinkeatrelax @BoothAmp #SobeSavvyGiveaway


    Beer and Bacon Lovers Rejoice! It’s that time of year again for the Triangle’s Best Bacon Bash. If you love bacon and enjoy beer, this fest is for you! Thanks to our friends at Drink Eat Relax, SobeSavvy.com is giving away a pair of tickets to 1 lucky winner! Winner chosen randomly. Giveaway ends 3/23/17 Enter Here >>>>>>> http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e33baee04/

    Here are the event details:

    WHAT: Beer and Bacon Festival

    WHEN: Saturday April 8 Noon – 6pm

    WHERE: Town of Cary’s Booth Ampitheatre 8003 Regency Parkway Cary, NC 27511

    Beer & Bacon Tasting Session: Noon-6pm

    Beer Tasting Session
    : 2pm – 6pm

    Bottoms Up, Bacon Down
    75 Craft Beers
    15 Restaurants
    10 Bacons From Across the US… and lots of Piggy Love

    This event has sold out for 3 years in a row!The ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza comes complete with the best craft beers for your tasting pleasure… and of course the food of the Gods: BACON

    TICKETS

    BEER & BACON TASTING SESSION
    $49.00
    PLUS TAX IN ADVANCE/$79.00 DAY OF EVENT
    Valid Noon – 6pm. The BEER & BACON TASTING SESSION offers an exclusive tasting experience. Each guest will enjoy 15+ restaurant tasting stations (until 2pm) and fresh griddled bacon (until 3pm), a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and wines, plus 2 extra hours of alcohol sampling and all live entertainment. These tickets are limited and will SELL OUT. Squeal like a pig!

    BEER & BACON TICKET ADVANCE PRICE $49.00 plus tax  through February 10 at midnight
    $59.00 + tax February 11-March 17th at midnight
    $69.00 + tax March 18-April 7th at midnight
    $79.00 DAY OF EVENT

    BEER TASTING SESSION
    $39.00
    IN ADVANCE PLUS TAX/$45.00 ON THE DAY OF EVENT
    Valid 2pm – 6pm. Your admission includes a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and wines, and all live entertainment. Bacon/Food is a la carte.

    BEER & BACON FESTIVAL – DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKET (no alcohol sampling)
    REGULAR D.D. TICKET: $39.00 ON THE DAY OF EVENT SOLD ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT ONLY
    Valid Noon – 6pm. Each guest will enjoy 15+ restaurant tasting stations (until 2pm) and fresh griddled bacon (until 3pm) and all live entertainment.

    What’s New
    REDUCED TICKETS: We’ve changed our tickets up a bit this year based on guest feedback and suggestions. For the early BEER & BACON TASTING SESSION tickets we have reduced the amount of tickets sold by over 20%. This should allow for less lines!

    NO THIRD PARTY TICKET SELLERS: Living Social, Groupon or whatever your favorite coupon site is will not feature any of these tickets for sale.

    WHAT’S ON THE GRIDDLE…
    Guests enjoy a souvenir glass plus 75+ of their favorite international beers and wines.

    Beer and Bacon Tasting Session will host over 15 restaurant tasting stations (until 2pm) featuring the BEST restaurants in the Triangle. (Beer & Bacon Tasting Session food tastings included, Beer Tasting Session food is ala carte.)

    2 tons of gourmet bacons will be griddled on-site (until 3pm).

    The Main Stage will host live music all day.

    All of this plus fun foodie exhibits and so much more!

    KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE. This event is not designed for children. They are welcome but you will find very little of interest to them.

    ITEMS ALLOWED
    Lawn chairs & blankets
    Cameras
    1 Bottle of Factory Sealed water
    All bags are subject to search

    PROHIBITED ITEMS
    Pets
    Weapons

    In case you missed it..check out my photos of last year’s Beer and Bacon Fest 2016. It’s a fun event that you do not want to miss! For more info go to  www.beerandbacon.com

    Good Luck …and see you at the Beer and Bacon Fest !