2020 Rum Summit

Rum Summit 2020

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Lula Nola Distillery

The 2020 Rum Summit

Lula Distillery – Friday, July 17, 2020


New Orleans will be the site of our inaugural Rum Summit, modeled after our very successful Gin Summit and features 6 rum-centric sessions as well as a comparative tasting and rum reception.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

ADI 2020 conference attendees registration is provided at a discount. Register during your conference registration.

Non-Conference attendees are welcome and can register using the button at the to top of the screen



Cost: $175 for Conference attendees ($160 early bird) | $200 for non-conference attendees ($180 early bird).

Hosted at Lula Distillery 1532 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Lula is only a short distance from the Hyatt. No transportation is provided.


9:00AMWill HoekengaAmerican Rum ReportFinding Your Place in American RumWith dozens of new American distilleries and rums popping up every month, how do you make sense of what’s out there, where the category is going, and how your rum can stand out? American Rum Report founder Will Hoekenga shares insights gained from obsessively chronicling the American rum landscape, the producers shaping it, and the consumers who are trying to make sense of it.
10:00AMKenneth Gravois, PhDLouisiana State University - Sugar Research StationSugarcane – An Economic Driver for South LouisianaThe presentation will review the history of the crop and how it became Louisiana’s number one valued row crop. We will also cover how it is grown, harvested, and processed to make sugar and molasses.
11:00AMMatt PietrekThe Cocktail WonkIn Search of High Ester RumRum aficionados are obsessed with “funk” and “hogo”, typically associated with Jamaican rum. But what exactly are those aromas? Where do they come from? And how do distillers accentuate those elements? In this session, you’ll learn the science of aromatic compounds such as esters, why high ester rums came about, and who else makes them besides Jamaican distilleries. If the term “dunder” makes your pulse quicken, this session is for you.
1:00PMKaren HoskinMontanya RumResponsible Sugar Cane and Rum Making StewardshipKaren Hoskin CEO and Co-founder of Montanya Rum provides a deep-dive into ethical sugar cane sourcing and practices
2:00PMJonny VerPlankVagrant DistillerGuided Comparative Rum TastingJoin Jonny VerPlank, Founder & Head Distiller of Vagrant Distiller, as he leads you through a guided tasting of varying rum styles while learning from head distillers about the different raw materials, fermentations, and distillation techniques and processe
3:30PMMatt PietrekThe Cocktail WonkHistory of Rum and Cocktail & Tiki CultureMatt Pietrek guides us through the history surrounding rum and the tiki culture