Rum Renaissance Seminarsand expert master classes
The annual Rum Renaissance Festival is the place to learn about rum with outstanding Rum Seminars.
In addition to copious opportunities to taste, discern and discover the best rums, attendees of the world’s best rum festival are invited to sign up for informative, entertaining and illuminating rum seminars and expert classes taught by some of the leading experts in the world from Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the Caribbean region and the United States.
The one-day VIP admission includes 2 complimentary seminars, if reserved in advance. The two-day VIP ticket includes 4 complimentary seminars.
Space is limited. Reserve online early. A waiting list will be created for those events that sell out in advance of the event.
Saturday, June 9
Saturday at 2pm
Discovery of the Rhum Agricole de la Martinique
Jean-François Bonneté, passionate wine and spirits brand builder and importer with decades of experience in the spirits industry will present the history, heritage and specifics of Agricole Rhum of Martinique, the only rum protected and controlled by an appellation of origin (AOC). Through this master class, you will discover the legendary distillery of Trois Rivières and explore the art of extracting and nurturing from locally grown fresh sugarcane, an exceptionally pure expression of rum.
Saturday at 3pm
Mezan Philosophy: The Untouched Rum
Rum expert Greg Erchoff discusses the purest and most authentic styles of the Carribean’s rums with samples of authentic spirits that best represent their region. Each Mezan rum is unsweetened, uncolored and not chill filtered — therefore maintaining the inherent character of each rum’s home — Jamaica, Panama and Guyana.
Saturday at 4pm
West Indies Rum Distillery Unveiled
For decades, he spent countless days in the Caribbean in search of the best rums to develop into Plantation Rums. In 2017, Alexandre Gabriel realized one of his lifelong dreams — to own his own rum distillery. He acquired the historic West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados, which has produced rum continuously since the 19th century. The company is also one third owner of National Jamaican Rum Company which owns Clarendon Distillery and the famed Long Pond Distillery. Together, this gives Maison Ferrand and Plantation the tools to go even further in its mission for marrying terroir, passion and time for great spirits.
Saturday at 5pm
Challenges and Strength of an Independent Bottler
Florent Beuchet, young entrepreneur and independent bottler of Compagnie des Indes Rum in Bletterans, France, will talk about the true added value of an Independent bottler in the rum world, exploring the challenges of acquiring the best limited edition rums for his customers.
Saturday at 6pm
Cane to Glass: The Life Cycle of Sugar Cane
Erin Hayes of House Spirits Distillery in Oregon takes us to Ingenio Magdalena in Guatemala, the world’s second largest sugar mill. Delve into the highly innovative laboratory at the mill and examine the ground breaking research that is put into use in the cane fields. Explore the production of raw and refined sugar, and molasses, the raw material that creates Casa Magdalena, the first new rum exported from Guatemala in over a century with a comprehensive look at the different grades of molasses as well as an in depth explanation of the specifics of fermenting and distilling sugarcane spirits.
Sunday, June 10
Sunday at 2pm
Exporting American Rum
There was a time a couple of centuries ago when American Rum was known around the world as the very best. Now, as American rum producers are once again creating authentic fine rum expressions, how can they best share these cane spirits with eager consumers around the world?
Sunday at 3pm
Distillation Flavor Profiles
This Master Class by Leonardo Pinto of Italy discusses the effects of various forms of fermentation and a variety of distillation techniques on the flavors of rum. How do yeasts influence the creation of complex congeners and flavor compounds? How do various types of stills produce the most desirable distillates?
Sunday at 4pm
Know Your Rum Like An Expert
Noted German spirits expert Bernard Schäfer presents a Tale of Mystery and Imagination, a master class with insights from a world-class judge on how to evaluate and appreciate rums like an expert. With decades of experience and master certifications in many categories of spirits, Bernard offers informative, entertaining and illuminating advice to those who wish to truly understand their fine rums.
Sunday at 5pm
Birth of A Tiki Bartender
Tiki Bartender Oriol Elias from Spain will talk about how he got caught up by the exotic cocktails and the faux Polynesian culture. He will give us the history of his beginnings, influences, travels, anecdotes and secrets, giving us a chance to know more about Spanish and European tiki culture. He will make some signature drinks giving us the chance to travel to his mysterious Mediterranean paradise.
Sunday at 6pm
Fraternal Order of Moai
Tiki 201 – The Next Level
The Fraternal Order of the Moai will take your love of rum and your love of Tiki to the next level and guide you through the steps to host a successful Tiki Cocktail Party. Learn how to make a Maika’i Loa Punch (that’s Hawaiian for awesome) and get some tips and tricks on how to be a great host, amazing bartender and still be able to enjoy your own party!