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Online Seminar: The Many Myths and Misbegotten Categories of Rum

By Bridget Mason Hess posted 11-24-2020 10:46


You won’t want to miss the next online seminar presented by the USBG Education Committee: The Many Myths and Misbegotten Categories of Rum with Matt Pietrek, aka the Cocktail Wonk, sponsored by Don Q Rum.

The seminar will include a brief discussion on why some say rum is more diverse than bourbon or gin, and Pietrek will deconstruct various myths ("rum is made from sugar, therefore it is sweet") and useless categorizations (white, gold, dark). By the end of the seminar, you should leave with a new way of thinking about the cane spirit category, along with concrete examples of rums to seek out to experience its diversity.

About Matt Pietrek:

Matt Pietrek is a professional spirits writer, educator, and consultant. He is among the most recognized and cited writers covering rum today. His passion extends to acting as the Community Envoy for the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA).

Pietrek’s Cocktail Wonk web site covers all aspects of the spirited world, from history to spirit science to cocktails. His writing has been nominated in the Best Writer and Best Publication categories at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards – four years running.

With his wife, Carrie, he wrote and published Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard, a Top Four nominee at the 2020 Spirited Awards. He’s also penned a forthcoming book on the history of British Navy and London Dock rums.

On social media, he is the founder of the Rum History and High Ester Rum Geeks Facebook groups, and his Instagram following numbers over 35,000. He and his rum collection currently reside in New Orleans.


To learn more about Pietrek and his writing, visit

No cost to attend, but registration is required

Thursday, December 17 @ 12 PM Pacific

Online Seminar: The Many Myths and Misbegotten Categories of Rum sponsored by Don Q Rum.

Since 1865, Don Q is the original Puerto Rican rum!