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The Week in Rum

Philly’s latest tiki bar, an old school Aussie rum distillery and Coquito love in this week’s news.

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imageAustralia’s oldest rum distillery has opened its doors to visitors for the first time since the 1980s.  Beenleigh Rum, owned by beverage company Bickford’s Group, is Australia’s oldest rum and its distillery in Eagleby was opened in the late 1800s after being built by convicts. Get the full story at Brisbane Times.

Washington Post digs into the history and culture of the Coquito, Puerto Rico’s rum laced alternative to egg nog. Be sure to give it a try this holiday season. Read on.

The St. Augustine Distillery will release Discovery Series Rum #4 Saturday. The latest release of the Discovery Series will be available in the distillery’s gift shop on Riberia Street. St. Augustine Times has the scoop.

From Craine’s Chicago Business: Sparrow, a rum-focused Gold Coast cocktail bar from the group behind Bangers & Lace and the Betty, is set to open Monday at 12 W. Elm Street. The upscale, 60-seat watering hole, which heads into a neighborhood reinvigorated by new openings, including Maple & Ash and Hopsmith, will feature 10 specialty cocktails with an emphasis on rum.

Nothing says retro Americana quite like the parasol-topped scowling-face mug of a good tiki drink. The Yachtsman in Fishtown has been at it for a year.
Read more at Philly.com .