Drinks company Halewood Wines and Spirits has opened a bar, distillery and rum school in Bristol which will serve 150 different rums from around the world. The official launch event will be held on 8 October.
Bristol & Bath Rum Distillery covers 7,500 square feet and is situated in the building on Park Street that was formerly occupied by Jamie’s Italian restaurant.
The venue will host a 500 litre double retort rum still, a device which is traditionally used by many Caribbean rum distillers. Here it will distil Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum, a Cornish-originated brand that Halewood acquired in February 2018, which will be shipped for sale around the world. The brand offers a range of flavours, including what it claims is the world’s first CBD hemp rum.
As well as making Dead Man’s Fingers more accessible, visitors will be allowed to distil their own spiced rum in small copper stills and take part in cocktail masterclasses at the rum school.
The distillery bar will stock over 150 different rums from over 50 producing countries, featuring brands such as Rum Sixty-Six and Dictador.
Chris Hotson, general manager of Bristol & Bath Rum Distillery, said: “Bristol has a rich rum heritage and one of the UK’s most vibrant food and drink scenes.
“It was a natural choice for Halewood’s new bar & rum distillery – it’s an exciting place to be and we’re looking forward to welcoming locals and visitors from across the UK and further afield to enjoy immersive experiences where they can learn more about provenance-led craft rums.”
The site will also house a 200 litre working gin still, as well as offering a range of food in the main bar area.
Bristol & Bath Rum Distillery is Halewood’s latest addition to its number of operating distilleries across the UK.
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