I was graciously invited to the 2nd annual Rum Renaissance Festival this past Saturday and lived to tell the tale. The Celebration of this versatile spirit took place on Miami Beach at the Raleigh South Beach Resort. Miami Beach is known for bringing the heat, and on this day it was literally a blaze. Dennis Rodman even stumbled his way through the party. Not surprising in the least.


I want to start off by thanking Michael Streeter from RumConnection.com for the tickets and introducing me to some amazing rum connoisseurs from around the world. I had a great time.

The Festival

The festival featured about 140 different rums from around the world. Don’t think all rum is Caribbean rum, other parts of the world are creating some top shelf rums that need to be showed off. Here is a link to the Miami New Times with more photos of the event.

The most distant brands making themselves known were Rhum St. Aubin from Mauritius in the southern Indian Ocean and Seven Tiki Rum from Fiji in the south Pacific. I was really impressed with the variety. I’m the first one to admit I’m no rum expert, so I’m not going to act like one. I will tell you I sampled around 20 or so brands and some stood out and had me going back to their tent for a second sip.

Those that had me crawling back  were Cruzan, Pusser’s, Bacardi, Plantation and Gosling’s Black Seal. I’m sure I’m missing some greats but it was in the upper 90’s and I was drinking rum so forgive me if I can’t recall them all.  That’s what next year is for!


I tasted several different cocktails throughout the afternoon and after each one the smile on my face kept getting bigger. Can you guess what I had to try first…that’s right the famous PainKiller from the Pusser’s tent (thanks for the hat!).

Sure, I'll have another.

I then moved down the line and grabbed a Planters Punch from the beautiful Cruzan girls (thanks for the hat!).

Up next was Bermuda’s favorite, the Rum Swizzle. I loved this one! I learned about the Rum Swizzle from the great Bermuda Shorts Blog, check it out.

Next up was my girl friend’s favorite. A rum and coke made with Bacardi toasted cherry. She also raved about the Barritts Ginger Beer.

Then it was back to the Cruzan tent for a RumRunner! The perfect way to end a fantastic day.

Rum Websites

If you are looking for all things rum, here are some great websites.

If I missed any rum blogs or sites please let me know in the comments below and I’ll add you to this list.

Seven Tiki Rum Girls and a Lucky Pirate

Already looking forward to next year’s Rum Renaissance Festival.


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  1. Bob Davies May 11, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Ryan great to meet you, I think we all had a blast. Here is my site for a link:-

  2. Pete May 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I loved the whole event and am looking forward to next year!

    Cheers for the link-up!

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    RumShopRyan May 11, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for the comment Pete. Next year I will have to spend more than just an afternoon. Looks like some of the parties were a blast. Cheers!

  4. Graeme May 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I couldn’t make it for this years event, hoping to make it sooner rather than later though. It looks absolutely brilliant.

    Excellent writeup and thanks for the link.

  5. Mike May 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Great to finally meet and glad you had fun. Kind of difficult not to with that much rum and sun. all the best.

  6. BahamasDread May 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Looks like a wicked good time. I have to try make it out there next year

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    RumShopRyan May 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Come on over BahamaDread! Just a short hop over the gulf stream. Ahhh, those beautiful islands in the stream. Cheers.

  8. The Rumelier May 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Ryan, nice story and photos. It was an amazing event, one to live long in all our memories. Hopefully we can do it all again and more next year. Maybe you will make it down to the Turks and Caicos Islands one day?

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    RumShopRyan May 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks for the comment Rumelier. Very much so looking forward to next year and Turks and Caicos are on my radar, no worries. Cheers!

  10. rus May 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    we were 5 friends all looking for a reason to link up and touch base…stayed at my place in hollywood..zel from toronto,nin from bangkok,greg from burlington,juan fron san salvador and i…a wonderous time was had by all enjoying the great rums and different locales ,,,thanx again to rob for the notion and the motion to set this up cheers rus

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    RumShopRyan May 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Great comment Rus! Cheers!

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