Celebration Distillation, Makers of Old New Orleans Rum
Located just minutes outside the Historic French Quarter, our facility os the oldest still-operating rum distillery in the continental United States. Old New Orleans Rum comes out of the back streets of our legendary Ninth Ward neighborhood. Our founder, James Michalopoulos, is a renowned painter and sculptor who visually defines New Orleans. In 1995, James got together artists, master brewmasters, and a couple of clever engineers to create a locally-produced masterpiece. Rum was a natural choice and they endeavored to keep it natural. For example, sugar cane is usually pressed several times producing less and less sweet syrup; unlike other rum-makers, we use only the first two pressings. It took years and an unbelievable number of batches that weren't quite right until we finally crafted the exact profile that smiles and says "Let's Celebrate."
We source our molasses locally and our barrels are American Oak, charred and used only once before by fine whiskey-makers. Our rum is created batch-by-batch in a 150 year old cotton warehouse. We are committed to an extraordinary customer experience, supporting our local economy, and creating a rum worthy of the celebration that is New Orleans.
Tours and tastings are available. We offer a complimentary shuttle service from the French Quarter.