Flood Rum

So many visitors to the Beenleigh Artisan Distillery have been captivated by the story of The Flood Rum. Perhaps it’s  because they remember all too well the effect that Tropical Cyclone Debbie had on not just Brisbane, but most of QLD. Perhaps it’s because it’s a story like no other. 

On March the 30th 2017, Debbie unleased her fury on Brisbane. Many homes were damaged; many had to flee. Brisbane effectively shut down. 

Beenleigh Artisan Distillery, located on the banks of the Albert River, is of course, no stranger to the effects of catastrophic floods. 1887 and 1974 were the “big ones” which the Distillery, resplendent with resilient spirit, withheld. But there were many more in between. 

On the 31st of March 2017, the flood waters broke through and flooded the Distillery. Thus The Flood Rum was born. 

Our Distillers had just put down a Rum ferment- usually a 48 to 72 hour process, before distillation and then maturation. But the water rose so quickly that our pumps no longer worked, and the ferment was effectively stuck in our tanks for a 6 month period before they could be repaired. 

Once the Distillery was fully operational again, our very experienced distillers led by Master Distiller Wayne Stewart, ran this ferment through our Copper Pot Still. Our first release was bottled by hand at 46% alc/vol, with no additives and non-chill filtered. A rum so unique was created, it’s unlikely to be ever seen again.

Friday 26th of March – VIP Launch Dinner 
The launch starts with a very special dinner in our Barrel room. We will be hosting an exclusive five-course Flood Rum degustation dinner, set in the unique surroundings of our Grand Barrel Room, in its honour and to commemorate this special occasion. (SOLD OUT) 

Saturday the 27th of March – Pre-Release Launch Rum Club Exclusive 
Our pre-release launch exclusively to our valued Rum Club Members. All members will receive an email the day before (26th of March) with instructions on how to purchase their bottle of Flood Rum. There will be a 2-bottle limit per person with the pre-release capped so you’ll need to be quick or we guarantee you will miss out. (SOLD OUT) 

Sunday April 11th – General Public Release 
We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to purchase this special rum so on Sunday the 11th of April be at the distillery at 10am to have the opportunity to purchase any/all remaining bottles of this very special rum. You might have to queue, but the wait will be worth it. 
When you purchase a bottle of Flood Rum you’ll also have the opportunity to exclusive deals on the day. 

Join our Rum Club below for exclusive access to the pre-release launch of Flood Rum on Saturday 27th March 2021.


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