The Byram River runs past our distillery in Port Chester, NY and flows into the Long Island sound. In the 1800s Port Chester was an important stop for transatlantic steamships. To this day you can still find commercial fishing boats and marinas with pleasure craft docked along its banks. One day, a commercial fishing boat captain who docks nearby came in to the distillery for a chat with our distiller, Ed Tiedge. While they were talking and tasting our honey spirits the captain asked why we didnt also make rum. That caused Ed to think, “Since were good at fermenting and distilling sugar collected by honey bees, why not ferment cane sugar and molasses? Right there, Byram River Rum was born.
What Makes Byram River Rum Unique?
After dozens of fermentation and distillation experiments, we perfected a special blend of cane juice for its floral notes and sweet molasses for its hardiness. We then selected a unique strain of wine yeast to bring out the best in the sugarcane and molasses, creating a “cane wine - delicious in its own right. After careful temperature controlled fermentation we conduct a precise distillation to extract only the most flavorful heart of the spirit that yields a rum with real depth and character.
And where did we find the mermaid on our label? Tattooed on the leg of our distiller of course.