KEY WEST FIRST LEGAL RUM
- Meet the Chef Distillers -
OWNER | CHEF DISTILLER: PAUL MENTA
Chef Paul Menta has kitesurfed from Key West to Cuba and pursued his sport in places as extreme as a lake beside three Guatemalan volcanoes at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Widely regarded as a kiteboarding pioneer, he adventured around the world and then settled in Key West, where he pursued a career as a chef and restaurateur. In 2013, Menta opened the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, turning his talents as a chef to the creation of fine locally-produced rums. Located in a former Coca-Cola bottling plant, the distillery is decorated with memorabilia from the Keys’ rum-soaked past. Also the author of “NativeFuel,” a Keys cookbook/food history book, Menta enthralls distillery visitors with quirky tales and rum-tasting sessions.
CRYSTAL MENTA: DISTILLERY/MIXOLOGIST MANAGER
LEAD DISTILLER: EMILY CRAIG
BOB "THIS IS A RHODE ISLAND ACCENT" ADAM
Bartender-Mojito Class Instructor-Rum Explorer Joanne Delorme Scott
DISTILLER LEE SCHOB
DISTILLER PAYTON McCONNELL
THE ORIGINAL KEY WEST COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY SINCE 1903. NOW HOME OF THE KEY WEST FIRST LEGAL RUM DISTILLERY. HISTORY IN THE MAKING!
WHAT A GREAT DAY IN HISTORY!
THANK YOU MAJOR CRAIG CATES!
THANK YOU TO MAYOR CRAIG CATES, STATE REPRESENTATIVE HOLLY MERRILL RASCHEIN, NAS CAPTAIN MCALEARNEY!
GRAND OPENING SIGNATURE BOTTLES!
ORIGINAL PRESCRIPTION FOR LIQUOR DURING PROHIBITION!
CORNER BAR ON SIMONTON AND FRONT STREET OWNED BY JACK WILLIAMS. DATES BACK TO 1900.
CONSTRUCTION BROUGHT DISCOVERIES OF COCA-COLA BOTTLE CAPS FOUND BELOW THE CONCRETE OF THE STILLS.
PELICAN BROTHERS WERE ONE OF THE FIRST RUM RUNNERS IN KEY WEST.
CHEF PAUL MENTA ENJOYED COCA-COLA WAY BACK WHEN!
GOD HELPS US WE ARE NOW MAKING RUM!