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Week 12 in Review

Details about Mount Gay, new products from Sag Harbor and Red Chili Rum in this week’s news.
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imageFrom SH Online: Since its heyday as a 19th century whaling port, Sag Harbor has built a reputation as a hard-working town with a penchant for spirits — in more ways than one. So perhaps it was inevitable in this day of micro-brews and locally sourced food stuffs that someone would produce a drink that evokes the flavor of yesterday – Sag Harbor Rum.

Ron Jeremy makes a stop at Crown Spirits in Fort Lauderdale, FL to talk business, meet with fans and sign bottles of his signature rum. New Times was there for all the action.

“The future of the Mount Gay rum refinery, reputedly the home of the world’s oldest rum and the birthplace of the alcoholic beverage, remains uncertain six months after rum-making ceased there, amid a “setback” in talks on a buyout deal.” Jamaica Observer reports on the closure of the Mount Gay Rum Refinery in Barbados.

“Nearly a century after the United States imposed prohibition, small distilleries are finally making a comeback in Brooklyn and the Bronx, crafting batches of gin, rum, rye, bourbon and vodka.” AFP News covers the New York craft spirits movement.

From The Pueblo Chieftain: ForeCastle Rum, founded by Pueblo native Mark Mihelich, started commercial production only a year ago but already is earning notice. At its first contest, the 2012 Ministry of Rum International Cane Spirits Competition in Chicago, ForeCastle took the gold medal for its Roasted Red Chili rum.