Bayou Rum to get $US6m expansionBy Nicola Carruthers
Louisiana Spirits has “broken ground” on a US$6 million distillery expansion for Bayou Rum, which will allow the distillery to “ramp up” its production.
The expansion ncludes a barrel library, an event space and an outdoor entertainment venue to its visitor center.
The barrel library will be able to house thousands of batches of new creations from master blender Reiniel Vicente Diaz and master distiller Jeff Murphy.
It will also feature a part-tasting area, where visitors will be able to sample Bayou rums and learn more from the team behind the range.
The event space can hold up to 300 people and comes complete with a stage and dance floor.
“In 2016, the Bayou Rum distillery hosted more than 35,000 guests. This expansion will allow us to better cater to new and returning visitors and offers an indoor and outdoor area for events that locals can enjoy,” said Joe Reese, Bayou Rum’s managing director, who has been leading the undertaking.
“While the barrel library certainly enriches the visitor experience, the benefit for our production team is more room for current batches and for future innovations we’ve got in the pipeline.”
Speaking to The Spirits Business earlier this month, Murthy said: “Our growth has been faster than we’ve imagined so we’re kinda maxed out on our barrel space. We’re waiting on our new barrel warehouse, which is in the process of being built right now.
“Hopefully before that’s finished we’re going to start with new warehousing, and then the final phase will be more production area for Reinel and myself. More distillation, more blending, so that we can ramp up production even higher.”
In October 2015, Stoli Group US moved into the rum category with the signing of an exclusive multi-year distribution deal with Louisiana Spirits, producer of Bayou Rum.
The Bayou rum range, which is craft distilled from locally grown sugarcane in Lacassine, Louisiana, currently consists of four expressions – Bayou Silver, Bayou Spiced, Bayou Select aged rum, and Bayou Satsuma Rum Liqueur.
The expansion is scheduled to be finished in December 2018.