Beenleigh Rum

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Beenleigh Rum is one of Australia's oldest brands of rum. Produced at the heritage-listed Beenleigh Distillery in Queensland, this Australian Rum is 100% Australian made from all local ingredients and is available in 700 ml Dark Rum aged for 5 years, 700 ml White Rum and Australia's only 700 ml Honey Liqueur Dark rum rum grades. All three offers are fermented from Queensland molasses.

The distillery was developed to include a blending hall, bottling plant, warehouse and administration facilities. 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.[1]

History[edit]

Beenleigh Rum Distillery, on the banks of the Albert River near Beenleigh, Queensland. ca. 1912
An advertisement for Beenleigh Rum in 1921

The heritage-listed Beenleigh Rum Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in Australia, and is a rare survivor of Australia's early sugar industry. It commenced operations in 1884 and was the legal successor to a floating moonshine still, the SS Walrus, which drifted between cane plantations evading police in the early 19th century.

Between 1981 and 2005 a museum featuring displays on the history of sugar and rum production in the Beenleigh area was open at the distillery.[2] The stills, vats and photos were relocated to the Beenleigh Historical Village.

Over the years, the once famous Beenleigh Rum lost its prominent place in Australia to Bundaberg Rum.

In 2003, the Beenleigh Rum brand name was sold to Vok Beverages, a subsidiary of Adelaide based beverage company Bickford's Australia. In 2007 the brand was sold to Diageo Australia and then in February 2012 the brand was sold back to Vok Beverages. In May 2012 Vok Beverages purchased the Beenleigh Distillery and reconnected the brand and the distillery.[3]

The historic Beenleigh Rum Distillery also produces Inner Circle Rum. Inner Circle was the exclusive preserve of Australia’s Colonial Sugar Refining Company’s board of directors and a handful of its prized clients. Even then they were only entitled to the occasional bottle. Despite its limited availability, word of Inner Circle’s unique flavour became legendary- whispered amongst rum enthusiasts the world over. Inner Circle Rum was lost when CSR sold the brand in 1986. Stuart Gilbert reinvigorated the brand in 2000 when he purchased the trademark and partnered with Malcolm Campbell, old master Distiller, to bring the brand back to life. He sold the brand in 2007, and today it is back and being produced at the Beenleigh Distillery, QLD- using traditional Pot Distillation, keeping in line with how it was once produced by CSR in Australia from 1855-1986. Now available for all Australians, not just the Inner Circle.[4]

Heritage listing[edit]

The distillery was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 6 March 2004.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beenleigh Rum Distillery (entry 19592)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Jolliffe, Lee (2012). Sugar Heritage and Tourism in Transition. Channel View Publications. p. 50. ISBN 184541389X. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ (11 July 2013) Stephanie Master. The Beenleigh Rum Distillery is back and has a new, five-year aged dark rum and honey liqueur. Quest Newspapers. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ Inner Circle back in Australian hands. The Shout. The Intermedia Group. Retrieved 6 January 2014.

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Coordinates: 27°43′24″S 153°13′19″E / 27.72331°S 153.22196°E / -27.72331; 153.22196