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Wednesday, July 20 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The New American Rum Revolution

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Rum was the original American spirit before the Revolution in the 1770s, fueled by cheap and readily accessible molasses coming from the Caribbean colonies. Excessive taxes and political pressure (and a little disagreement with England) changed everything. Finally, the nightmare of prohibition set the final nail in the coffin of the American Rum industry. Nearly a century later, we find craft rum distilleries sprouting up across America at an astounding pace. National, regional and local rums distillers are gaining well-deserved attention -- with many making their mark as true artisan spirits -- winning awards and setting new standards for authentic, hand-made rum.

We'll explore rum's past, taste rum's present and predict rum's future in a seminar hosted by the editors of Robs Rum Guide along with several award-winning American rum distillers.


Robert Burr

president, Quantum Leap Network - Robs Rum Guide
Robert publishes Robs Rum Guide and the National Rum Examiner, as well as rum reviews on the Rum Minute YouTube video channel. He is host of the Miami Rum Festival/Trade Expo and the annual Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise. Robert serves as a judge in international rum tasting competitions... Read More →

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Rob V. Burr

Robs Rum Guide / Rum Minute
Often described as the younger and better-looking version of his father, "Rob the RumScout" appreciates the finer points of quality rum cocktails. Co-host of Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, co-writer of the National Rum Examiner column, and co-producer of Rum Minute on YouTube. Rob... Read More →
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Steven Gubb

Owner / President, Paradise Imports, LLC
Paradise Imports, LLC is the supplier of Gubba Gold Rum & Gubba Silver Rum. Gubba rum is currently distributed in MA, and we are working on expanding distribution to FL, NV, CO and LA. Gubba Gold & Gubba Silver are both 70 proof, pure cane rums, organic, and as we say in Boston... Read More →
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Bob Gunter

President & CEO, Koloa Rum Company
Bob Gunter joined Kōloa Rum Company in 2008 as Chief Operations Officer and was subsequently promoted to President in May 2010 and CEO in February 2013, with responsibility for all aspects of the Company’s daily operations. Bob has lived and worked in Hawaii for more than 30... Read More →
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Trey Litel

President, Bayou Rum Distillery
It started with an idea that came out of a duck blind conversation while hunting near the Lacassine Wildlife Refuge and the local Louisiana sugarcane fields. That idea has grown into Bayou® Rum available now in about 20 states and quickly becoming America's Rum® with 79 awards... Read More →

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Bayou Rum

Bayou Rum is handmade in the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the USA, utilizing traditional methods with state-of-the-art equipment for all four steps: fermentation, distillation, maturation, and bottling. The beautiful facility right down the road in Lacassine, Louisiana... Read More →
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Gubba Rum

Gubba Silver Rum, infused with real coconut and Gubba Gold Rum, infused with real vanilla. Cane based rums made with organic ingredients, never any flavorings or extracts, 35% ABV. Without doubt, among the smoothest, best tasting rums, at any price, you have ever experienced!
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Kōloa Rum Company

Award Winning, Handcrafted, Single-Batch Premium Hawaiian Rum Made with Hawaiian Cane Sugar and Pristine Rainwater from Mt. Waialeale One of the Wettest Spots on Earth.

Wednesday July 20, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Fleur de Lis Suite at the Royal Sonesta Hotel