|Troy Roberts at the Distillery|
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Troy Roberts is hearing the complaints, "There's no Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum anywhere!"
There plans are calling for doubling the size of the distillery. He and his dad will be knocking a hole in the wall Wednesday. According to Troy, "Now, we produce around 60,000 bottles per year,". "We'll be able to increase that to 100,000 bottles per year." The increased production will not hurt the quality of the rums, but rather make them more readily available.
Troy plans to use most of the extra space simply for storage, mostly for bottles and molasses totes. "Right now, we can't keep enough raw materials on hand," he said. "We've been forced to order when we're about to run out." The acquisition also gives the distillery 15 more parking spaces and a loading dock. But, more importantly, it will also provide enough room for another distilling tank, which is sorely needed.
Demand for his rums has been staggering of late. "We had good, steady growth, but then somehow toward the end of last year, things just exploded," he said. "There were friends bringing friends here. There was the winning the Caribbean Journal award three years in a row, but the Toasted Coconut Rum just blew things through the roof."
One distributor, Broudy's, will ship Siesta Key rums to individuals nationwide. Right now, they have the only cache of Toasted Coconut around (broudys.com).
|No Name Pub|
|Bahia Honda Bridge|
|Seven Mile Bridge|
|Tarpon at Bud and Mary's|
A quick stop at the Green Turtle Inn, only to find that they were closed on Monday, so it was off to Hog Heaven there in Islamorada. This is another of the fun bars that line the keys. Great memorabilia and tunes plus a fabulous
bar and foods.
|Out Back of Caribbean Club|
with a great selection of souvenirs
from the filming of the movie.
Our final stop meant leaving the Overseas Highway again and heading down Card Sound Road. Just past the toll booth is Alabama Jacks, This is a great dive bar that lays in the middle of nowhere, but has such a great vibe. They were closing for cleaning, but they invited us in for a cocktail, because it would have been the second year that we were headed there and had something happen that we would be able to enjoy a cocktail there. After a quick cocktail, it was off to Miami and check in at the Double tree and a good nights sleep before the rum judging gets under way tomorrow.
|The bar at Alabama Jack's|