GSN Event Alert: Rat Pack Rumposium

Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing a few drinks with Jeff “Beachbum” Berry at the Art of the Cocktail event sponsored by Fee Brothers Co. in Rochester, NY.  Jeff asked if I would plug an event for him coming up this June.  (How can anyone say no to Jeff?) 🙂

Anyway, he is pumped about this four day long Tiki event where he and some of the world’s best rum experts will be ruining our livers teaching us the finer points of this venerable spirit.  Check out who will be there!

One of Imbibe magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Cen-tury,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of five books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, which Los Angeles magazine has called “the keys to the tropical kingdom.”

Ian “Rum Ambassador” Burrell is the founder and brains behind UK Rumfest:  The Rum Experience.  Europe’s first-ever festival to celebrate the diversity of rum, Rumfest is now the biggest rum festival in the world — and home to the “Tiki Face-Off,” in which Britain’s best bartenders try to out-Tiki each other (past stunts have included the World’s Largest Fog Cutter, and a life-size coffin full of flaming Zombie punch).

Martin Cate is the owner of Smuggler’s Cove bar in San Francisco, which offers a whole new approach to rum by featuring a vast array of traditional Caribbean drinks, classic libations of Prohibition-Era Havana, and famous exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars — all under one roof. Smuggler’s Cove was voted Best Overall Bar in San Francisco in the 2010 SF Bay Guardian Readers Poll, and one of the 10 best new bars in the United States by Bon Appetit Magazine.

Wayne Curtis is the author of the book “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails,” a look at the long and ignoble history of America’s most reviled spirit. He’s also a contributing editor at The Atlantic magazine, where he writes a column about cocktails and culture, and he’s written about drink for many other publications, including Men’s Journal, Forbes Life, the New York Times, and

Stephen Remsberg owns the world’s largest private rum collection.  He’s been collecting for over 30 years, and has amassed over 1,000 different bottles of rum dating back as far as the 1880s.  Many of those bottles were acquired while conducting field re-search on the origin and great variety of his favorite drink, the Planter’s Punch.

For more information on how to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event click on the pretty picture of the two slightly inebriated folks below.


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