The Bayou Rum Distillery is a part of Louisiana Spirits, the largest privately-owned rum distillery in the country. It’s located off the highway, making it a great road trip spot. They produce rum with local molasses and sugar cane molasses from the oldest family-owned and operated sugar mill in the United States.
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Touring the Bayou Rum Distillery
Visitors can tour the facility, which run every hour and start with a short video detailing the history of the company. Other highlights of the tour include the copper still that distills the spirits and the bourbon barrels they’re aged in.
Before you go, taste the varieties of rum in the tasting room before wandering through the gift shop, where you can purchase bottles to take home as well as every sort of Bayou Rum gear from t-shirts to coozies and glasses.
Bayou Rum’s Types of Spirits
In the tasting room, you can sample their varieties, including the aged Select Rum, the ever-popular Satsuma Rum, Silver Rum, and Bayou Spiced Rum. Your visit includes a 1/4 ounce sample of each of the varieties apart from the aged rum.
Tips for Visiting the Bayou Rum Distillery
Louisiana Spirits Distillery is located at 20909 Frontage Road, Lacassine, Louisiana 70650 and is a short drive from Lake Charles. Tours run from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Tours are free, but you must be 21 to be in the Tasting Bar.
Where to Eat Near the Bayou Rum Distillery
If you want to grab a meal after your visit to the distillery, you won’t have to go far. Lil Cochon Cajun Kitchen is the closest restaurant, just down Frontage Road, and serves daily specials like jambalaya, crawfish, and barbecue chicken.
In Jennings, Darrell’s of Jennings is known for its po boys, including shrimp, sausage, and roast beef versions. In Lake Charles, head to Calla, a neighborhood favorite known for its New American cuisine like the blue crab beignets.
Where to Stay Near the Bayou Rum Distillery
The closest place to stay to Bayou Rum is the Lake Charles East / Iowa KOA Journey just down the street. The campground has RV sites, lawn games, and a dog park. The Hampton Inn & Suites Jennings is another option, with free daily breakfast and free WiFi.
My trip to the Bayou Rum Distillery was sponsored by Louisiana Travel.