The fascinating thing about liquor is that five people can take the same basic ingredients, use the same basic process, and create five completely different results. Rum is a perfect example of this complexity. A Venezuelan rum is different from a Puerto Rican, and a rum distilled in the city of Arecibo varies from one in Mayagüez.
More importantly, when done well, rum is a delicious, rich elixir with depths and nuances that craft spirits lovers both expect and appreciate. It's more than a pirate's anthem and a writer's muse. Appreciating rum is appreciating quality, not quantity, and true aficionados develop a relationship with the distillers that exemplify and share their passion.
On April 8th the Midwest Rum Fesitval invites rum aficionados and trade professionals to try rums from over 20 producers, network with brands and distillers, and attend seminars to learn about this storied spirit. With a trade session, a Grand Tasting, and a Half Day Grand Tasting, they've got something for every rum-lover in Chicago.
The day begins at 12pm with the Spirit Industry Session, a one-hour program which provides trade professionals with access to brand representatives, distributors, and importers. From 1:30pm to 5:30pm the Midwest Rum Festival opens up to the public with the Grand Tasting Session. Attendees to this four hour event will receive one signature cup and will be invited to:
- Explore new rums in the tasting room
- Attend brand and distiller seminars
- View mixology demos
- Visit the arts and crafts area
Tickets for this session are $70, but fans of The Local Tourist get 50% off their tickets! Just click this link and make sure that code "LocalTourist" has been applied and your ticket will be just $35. Bring a friend and the two of you can go for $65!
Don't miss out on this chance to try rich and savory rums, listen to great music, mingle with hundreds of other rum fans, and more!
Midwest Rum Festival takes place at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd., on April 8, 2017.
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