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!

#Cheers to #NationalRumDay With @GubbaRum #GubbaRumSilver #Cocktail #CoconutRum #Recipe

Today is National Rum Day {Yes, it really is. Google it if you don’t believe me !} So we here at SobeSavvy decided to come up with the perfect cocktail to celebrate this annual Rum holiday. We always use Gubba Rum for life’s celebrations big or small! There are a lot of choices but Gubba stands out for their quality and amazing smooth taste.

This bottle is currently on a 2nd production run, which is even smoother and richer tasting than the original !
Per their website http://gubbarum.com/,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.

We chose their Silver which is infused with coconut. Coconut and lime is a great marriage. See our cocktail receipe below. It is carribean in a glass { Pineapple} !

Coconut Rum Spiked Ginger Beer in a Pineapple
Fill Freshly cored Pineapple with ice :

4 parts Gubba Rum Silver
Squeeze Fresh Lime Juice
4 Parts Ginger Beer Soda
2 part simple syrup

Feet up, put on Wailers Playlist and enjoy a Gubba Rum cocktail ! 

Photographs of @MiamiRumFest 2016 #RumIsFun #MiamiRumFest ~Recap by #SobeSavvy .com

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From April 15th thru 17th,  Rum producers from all over the world came to the 2016 Miami Rum Festival & Trade Expo to introduce new products, meet with importers and distributers, buyers and retailers, as well as consultants on the distillation, packaging and marketing of rum worldwide. Presented by Rob’s Rum Guide, this event truly shows how rum is experiencing a Renaissance of appreciation. Savvy consumers come to the grand tasting events to discover a truly remarkable range of fine rums from the Caribbean region, as well as North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia — and from the furthest reaches of the world.
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For consumers who know #RumIsFun, the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world’s premier international rum events, presenting a unique and exciting range of great rums to be sampled. For professionals, this is the world’s largest and most important trade exposition for rum. Attendees enjoyed a grand three-day exhibition of the best rum brands, the excitement of the Island Lifestyle Showcase, celebrity seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions, the annual RumXP competition and awards, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, and more! New this year was the VIP Tasting Bar where you can purchase tickets for rare, vintage, limited edition luxury rums from private collections.
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Be sure to mark your calendar for April 22-23, 2017 and makes plans to celebrate the Renaissance of Rum! Enjoy my rum-loving photos from the 8th Miami Rum Festival & International Trade Expo!
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Ran into 2 of my faves..James Echols and Annette Piekert from http://www.SoulofMiami.org and http://www.lifeisartfest.org
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Also got to meet the trade expo host, Robert A. Burr inside the VIP tasting bar
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#SobeSavvy Reviews @GubbaRum #Rum

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A few months ago I attended the Miami Rum Festival. https://sobesavvy.com/2014/04/27/sobesavvy-shows-rumlove-at-miamirumfest-rumisfun-grandtasting-photorecap/. While tasting my way through literally dozens of rum producers I encountered few very memorable ones. Gubba Rum being one of the few that left a lasting impact on me.http://gubbarum.com Besides a great name , Gubba Rum has been the only rum to transport me back to a glorious week I spent 6 yrs ago in St Barths F.W.I. In that part of the carribean each meal ends with the proprietor setting a bottle of homemade vanilla rhum at the table as a thank you for coming.

Memories of vanilla rum in the left hand and a Cuban cigar in my right brings a grin on my face everytime. Gubba’s Gold rum is infused with natural vanilla. Their Silver rum is infused with coconut. After a particularly hard week I decided to crack the seal on the Gold. I first had it neat and sipped my way through a magazine. So smooth and so vanilla. Next up I decided to try a classic take on rum and Coke. Except this was a vanilla coke. A perfect iconic drink made all the more perfect using Gubba Rum and having it on my balcony in Miami Beach. The vanilla rum blended with a little classic Coke danced a perfect pallette harmony ballet. Can’t make it to St Barths ? Do the next best thing. Get Gubba.

Lovely’ Leslie Heigh / Freelance Photojournalist /The ‘Bon Vivant ‘ Blogger
http://www.SobeSavvy.com
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#SobeSavvy shows #RumLove at #MiamiRumFest #RumISFun ! #GrandTasting #PhotoRecap

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This weekend SobeSavvy.com joined other Rum enthusiasts at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival! At the Grand Tasting event, visitors sampled more than 200 fine rums produced in the Caribbean islands while participating in cocktail competitions, strolling through exhibits on the island lifestyle, and attending rum seminars.

As rum collector and enthusiast Robert Burr sensed what he termed the “awakening of rum” in 2005, he decided to direct his passion toward educating the community. Drawing from an earlier career in magazine publishing, he compiled a list of 100 of his favorite rums each year into a free guide, which he gave to local liquor stores. As he developed connections with other enthusiasts and tasting judges, he formed the International Rum Expert Panel, an organization of 36 cane-spirit lovers from around the world. He gathers the majority of these experts in Miami Beach each year for the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, a celebration of the libation’s international varieties.

Through the festival’s schedule of events, Robert aims to honor iconic spirits while also featuring lesser-known rum makers that guests might not otherwise find without finding and deciphering Blackbeard’s long-lost treasure-map pajamas.
Held at the opulent DoubleTree by Hilton, the annual event has grown to include hundreds of rums hailing from countries such as Jamaica, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. As they mingle in spacious convention halls, visitors navigate a labyrinth of bartenders and brand ambassadors proffering island apparel, art, and books. Industry experts expound on the history, origins, and childhood fears of the libation during weekend seminars and bartender competitions. Attendees also revel at a two-day tasting exhibition, late-night parties, and VIP events at various Miami venues.

Check out these mixology skills on display using Tanduay Asia Rum ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH_F3Gl9Z98&sns=em

For more details about this event, visit http://www.rumrenaissance.com/ .

Here is my photo recap of the Grand Tasting! Cheers !

‘Lovely’ Leslie Heigh ~ Freelance Photojournalist/Blogger ~ Follow @IJust_LoveThis #SobeSavvy
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