Beenleigh Rum


Beenleigh Rum

Beenleigh Rum is one of Australia's oldest brands of rum. It is currently available in both dark and light rum grades. Both varieties are fermented from sugar cane molasses. [Minsistry of Rum website [http://ministryofrum.realnets.com/rumdetails.php?r=107] ]

History

The heritage-listed "Beenleigh Rum Distillery" is the oldest registered distillery in Australia, [Collections Australia Network [http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/org/986/about] ] [Gold Coast city council website [http://www.goldcoastcity.com.au/t_standard.aspx?pid=1085] ] and is a rare survivor of Australia's early sugar industry. It commenced operations in 1884 [Beenleigh State School archive [http://www.beenleigss.qld.edu.au/aboutBeenleigh/about_Beenleigh.html#rum%20distillery] ] , and was the legal successor to a floating moonshine still, the "SS Walrus", which drifted between cane plantations evading police in the early 1800s. [Australian Good Food & Accommodation Guide [http://www.agfg.com.au/australia/qld/attractions-and-tourism/attractions/9219.htm] ]

The distillery was developed to include a blending hall, bottling plant, warehouse and administration facilities. [Gold Coast City Council newsletter [http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/enewsletters/20040215_yatala.htm#2] ] It is located on the bank of the Albert River in Eagleby, Queensland (once a part of Beenleigh), and is a landmark on the river flats in the area.

Over the years, the once famous "Beenleigh Rum" lost its prominent place in Australia to the British owned behemoth, Bundaberg Rum. [True Wines, New Zealand website [http://www.truewines.co.nz/news.php?nt=2&nid=123034] ]

In 2003, the "Beenleigh Rum" brand name was sold to Vok Beverages, a subsidiary of Adelaide based beverage company Bickford's Australia.

The historic "Beenleigh Rum Distillery" was sold to rival "Inner Circle Rum" in 2001 [ExtraOnline website [http://extraonline.com.au/stories/story/9975.html] ] for $2.7 million [Inner Circle Rum magazine [http://www.innercirclerum.com/images/news/ICR-Wish-Magazine.pdf] (PDF document)] . "Inner Circle" was, in turn, purchased by multinational Lion Nathan in 2007. Lion Nathan now uses the Beenleigh distillery to produce rum under the "Inner Circle" brand. [The Courier Mail newspaper, 8 March, 2007. Story:"Inner Circle Rum sold" [http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,21344940-3122,00.html] ] [The Age newspaper, 8 March, 2007. Story:"Lion Nathan in high spirits after buying Inner Circle" [http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/lion-nathan-in-high-spirits-after-buying-inner-circle/2007/03/07/1173166799345.html] ]

As of 2007, Vok Beverages was still distributing "Beenleigh Rum" in Australia, and remains 100% Australian owned.

ee also

*Beenleigh (township)
*List of rum producers

External links

* [http://www.vok.com.au/products/beenleighrum.html Vok Beverages]
* [http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/heritage/index.cgi?place=602470&back=1 EPA History of Beenleigh Distillery]

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Rum — This article is about the beverage. For other uses, see Rum (disambiguation). Rum display in a liquor store …   Wikipedia

  • Beenleigh, Queensland — Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb name = Beenleigh city = Logan City state = qld caption = fedgov = Division of Forde stategov = Electoral district of Waterford Electoral district of Albert lga = Logan City postcode = 4207 pop = 7,816… …   Wikipedia

  • Beenleigh — /binˈli/ (say been lee) noun a town in south eastern Qld; rum distilling, sugarcane industry. The Beenleigh area lies in territory traditionally inhabited by the Yagara people. In 1864 Robert Johnston settled here to grow sugar and arrowroot. The …   Australian English dictionary

  • Bundaberg Rum — is a dark rum produced in Bundaberg, Australia, often referred to as Bundy .Bundaberg rum was first produced 1888, production ceased from 1907 to 1914 and from 1936 to 1939 after fires, the second of which caused rum from the factory to spill… …   Wikipedia

  • List of rum producers — Rum is distilled in a wide variety of locations by a number of different producers. Below is a list of rum distillers and brands organized by location of the distiller. Caribbean Rums * Anguilla: Pyrat XO (Planter s Gold), Pyrat Rum (Pistol) *… …   Wikipedia

  • Eagleby, Queensland — Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb name = Eagleby city = Logan City state = qld caption = fedgov = Division of Forde stategov = Electoral district of Albert lga = Logan City postcode = 4207 pop = 8,350 (2006 census) dist1 = 33 location1=… …   Wikipedia

  • Liste des distilleries de rhum — Etalage de rhums dans un magasin de liqueurs. Le rhum est distillé par des producteurs présents dans diverses parties du monde. Sommaire 1 Caraïbes …   Wikipédia en Français