Sugarcane plantations in the Caribbean began distilling rum during the 17th century from molasses, an inexpensive byproduct of the sugar refining process. The spirit came to the U.S. in 1664 with the opening of the first rum distillery on Staten Island and continued to grow in popularity through the Revolutionary War. Rum has come a long way since those early days, and distilleries across the nation are experimenting with how to craft the finest variations.
The top 10 winners in the Best Craft Rum Distillery category are as follows:
- Wicked Dolphin - Cape Coral, Fla.
- Drum Circle Distilling - Sarasota, Fla.
- Arizona Craft Beverage - Elgin, Ariz.
- Cannon Beach Distillery - Cannon Beach, Ore.
- Lyon Distilling Company - St. Michaels, Md.
- Privateer Rum - Ipswich, Mass.
- Lost Spirits Distillery - Los Angeles
- Roulaison Distilling Co - New Orleans
- Manulele Distillers - Kunia Camp, Hawaii
- Far North Spirits - Hallock, Minn.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Emily Arden Wells (Gastronomista); Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove); Brian Christensen (Artisan Spirit Magazine); Ziggy Eschliman, one of America's most authoritative and entertaining libation experts; Kevin Gray (Bevvy); Eric Grossman (Craft Spirits) and Jack Robertiello, a spirits competition judge, were chosen for their knowledge of the American craft spirits scene.
Congratulations to all these winning distilleries.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo