Webinar: U.S. Rum: Getting Candid About Cane



When?: Wednesday, May 25th from 3-4 PM Eastern

What?: The top names in American craft rum join us for a lively panel on the state of the rum category and producers’ ongoing efforts to enhance sustainability and ethical sourcing across the sugar cane-based spirits supply chain.

How Much?: Free to ACSA members, $59 for non-members


Jordan Cotton (Cotton & Reed Distillery)

Jordan Cotton is CEO and co-founder of Cotton & Reed Distillery in Washington DC. He left his former career as a consultant to NASA and the space industry to start DC’s first rum distillery. Cotton & Reed’s mission is to help restore the lost category of mainland US rum from the nation’s capital. Using original recipes to layer in flavor complexity at every phase in the process, Cotton & Reed’s rums have converted many rum doubters into rum believers.

Tim Russell (Maggie’s Farm Rum)

Seeking a more satisfying career, Tim Russell combined his love of homebrewing and small business with his professional manufacturing experience as a technician, contracts officer, and program manager for a defense contractor. He received his certificate in Craft Distilling and Operations Technology from the Siebel Institute in 2011, and with an early withdrawal of his 401k and investments from two friends, Allegheny Distilling was independently founded in 2013, producing the Maggie’s Farm brand. Starting off fermenting turbinado sugar in a 300-gallon dairy tank and distilling on a 75-gallon pot still in Pittsburgh’s industrial Strip District neighborhood, Maggie’s Farm quickly grew fivefold in production capacity within a few years. Mr. Russell has differentiated the brand in the market by concentrating 100% of its production on rums and rum liqueurs while also focusing on continuing education, earning additional certificates from the WSET and The Ethanol Technology Institute.

Maggie’s Farm has also likely become the most-awarded brand of craft rum in the United States with over 100 medals and commendations from national and international spirits competitions since its inception. Accolades include multiple best-in-class/category awards for Maggie’s Farm spiced rum and Maggie’s Farm falernum liqueur, best overall rum from the San Francisco International Spirits Competition for its Hidden Harbor blended white rum, and best-in-show spirit from the American Craft Spirits Association for Maggie’s Farm Single Barrel rum. Maggie’s Farm is currently available in eleven states. Plans have begun on building out a new 22,000sf production facility, tasting room, and cocktail bar with a nearly 800-gallon custom designed pot still and 10,000 gallons of fermentation capacity.

Matt Street (Three Roll Estate)

Matt Street is the General Manager of Three Roll Estate, a craft rum distillery in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He believes that high quality products are a reflection of the highest quality ingredients.  Matt started his career in the craft brewing industry in 2016 where he learned what it takes to run an alcohol manufacturing facility.  In 2020, he turned in his mash paddle for a sugar cane billet and dove head first into sugar cane farming and rum distillation.  Since joining Three Roll Estate, the company has seen growth in sales, production and brand awareness – as well as medaling across varying styles including a Best in Class for their 2021 Rhum Agricole.  Three Roll Estate is owned and operated by the same family that has operated a Louisiana cane farm and sugar mill since 1859.  In that time, sustainability has become more important to not only the farm and mill, but to Three Roll Estate who sources their ingredients from the family farm and mill.


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