key west first legal rum distillery

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

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LEAD DISTILLER: EMILY CRAIG

BOB "THIS IS A RHODE ISLAND ACCENT" ADAM

Bartender-Mojito Class Instructor-Rum Explorer Joanne Delorme Scott

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DISTILLER LEE SCHOB

DISTILLER PAYTON McCONNELL

GALLERY

KEY WEST COCA-COLA CO.
KEY WEST COCA-COLA CO.

THE ORIGINAL KEY WEST COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY SINCE 1903. NOW HOME OF THE KEY WEST FIRST LEGAL RUM DISTILLERY. HISTORY IN THE MAKING!

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GRAND OPENING
GRAND OPENING

WHAT A GREAT DAY IN HISTORY!

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SIGNATURE BOTTLES
SIGNATURE BOTTLES

THANK YOU MAJOR CRAIG CATES!

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GRAND OPENING
GRAND OPENING

THANK YOU TO MAYOR CRAIG CATES, STATE REPRESENTATIVE HOLLY MERRILL RASCHEIN, NAS CAPTAIN MCALEARNEY!

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FIRST BOTTLES.JPG

GRAND OPENING SIGNATURE BOTTLES!

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PRESCRIPTION
PRESCRIPTION

ORIGINAL PRESCRIPTION FOR LIQUOR DURING PROHIBITION!

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JACK'S SALOON
JACK'S SALOON

CORNER BAR ON SIMONTON AND FRONT STREET OWNED BY JACK WILLIAMS. DATES BACK TO 1900.

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VINTAGE COCA-COLA BOTTLE CAPS
VINTAGE COCA-COLA BOTTLE CAPS

CONSTRUCTION BROUGHT DISCOVERIES OF COCA-COLA BOTTLE CAPS FOUND BELOW THE CONCRETE OF THE STILLS.

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THE PELICAN BROTHERS
THE PELICAN BROTHERS

PELICAN BROTHERS WERE ONE OF THE FIRST RUM RUNNERS IN KEY WEST.

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COCA-COLA CONSUMER
COCA-COLA CONSUMER

CHEF PAUL MENTA ENJOYED COCA-COLA WAY BACK WHEN!

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NATIONAL PROHIBITION SIGN
NATIONAL PROHIBITION SIGN
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STILLS
STILLS

GOD HELPS US WE ARE NOW MAKING RUM!

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