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Key West is getting its 1st legal rum distillery

September 17, 2013
Associated Press

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Key West is getting its first legal rum distillery.

The city at the very end of the Florida Keys is known for its colorful history of rum running and bootlegging during Prohibition. Now a professional kite boarder and chef wants to contribute to that spirit in a legal way.

Paul Menta hopes to produce his first batch of Chef Distilled rum next month. Menta tells The Miami Herald ( ) that his rum is going to be "raw and unfiltered like the people of Key West."

The labels for Menta's main product, Legal Rum, feature mug shots of people arrested in Key West for bootlegging during Prohibition.

Florida's 21 licensed craft distilleries got help this year when the Legislature passed a law allowing them to sell directly to the public.


Information from: The Miami Herald,



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