• The Tiki Easy Bar

    197 Hilliard Avenue
    Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Ticket Price $520.00 Register Now

Announcing Asheville’s first-ever Rum Club! Our deep appreciation for rum is a huge reason why we opened Tiki Easy in the first place and now that we’ve been sailing along for a little while, it’s time that we share some of our premium, rare, historic, and near-extinct rums and what we’ve learned about the craft of distilling sugarcane that has been around since the 1600s.


So here’s the deal - The Tiki Easy Rum Club will meet monthly with two options on the fourth Thursday and Sunday of each month at The Tiki Easy Bar. We will be offering individual monthly sessions which will vary in cost depending on the topic and rums poured, OR you can purchase our full-year membership at the highly discounted rate of $600 (retail value of $850) which will give you access to one of every monthly session (11 total) and the additional high end pours when noted. Your full membership also includes 10% off all Tiki Easy merch throughout the year. This ticket page is to purchase a FULL-YEAR MEMBERSHIP to The Tiki Easy Rum Club.  For Individual Session tickets please see the links in our Instagram bio here!


Seats are limited to 10 people per session. Please see below for the itinerary and meeting topics for each month and dates for the rest of 2024. You can now purchase your all-inclusive annual membership!


The sessions will be led by one of our incredible bartenders, Ian Kearney. Ian has over 10 years of experience in the industry and first fell in love with rum while working at a bar called Extra Fancy, arguably one of THE industry bars in NYC at the time. He has traveled to many distilleries around the world to learn about how different spirits are produced and experience the blending of barrels and rickhouse rotations. We look forward to sharing some incredible rum with all of you!


March 28 and 31: Antique vs Contemporary Captain Morgan Rums

(Individual Cost $50)

The “Captain Morgan” rum brand is one of the most famous and widely distributed worldwide.  We’ll discuss the history of this rum and taste antique Jamaican-made Captain Morgan Gold Label (1970s) and Black Label (1980s), and compare them to what is made today on St. Croix.  We’ll end with a one-off Tiki Easy Bar cocktail.


April  25 and 28: Super Premium Spanish Heritage Rum Tasting

(Individual Cost with Ron Del Barriito 5 Star $145)

(Individual Cost without Ron Del Barriito 5 Star $65)

This is a discussion of production and aging methods used in Spanish Heritage-style rums.  We’ll taste three extraordinary contemporary rums:  Kirk and Sweeney XO, Diplomatico Ambassador, and Ron Del Barriito 5 Star. We’ll end with a one-off Tiki Easy Bar cocktail.


May 23 and 26: Demerara Rum Tasting…What Makes Rum From Guyana Different?

(Individual Cost $50)

Demerara rums are crucial components of many tiki cocktails.  We’ll explore Guyana’s only distillery and what makes it unique along with sampling El Dorado 12 Year, 15 Year, and 21 Year. We’ll end with a one-off Tiki Easy Bar cocktail.


June 27 and 30: Antique Havana Club Tasting - History of Cuban Rum Production Through the Cuban Revolution and Status of Today’s Brands

(Individual Session Cost $50)

We will explore the history of the Havana Club brand from production in Cuba, ownership changes due to the Cuban Revolution, and products produced today. Tastings include Havana Club Old Gold 5 Year (1980s) produced in Cuba and today’s Havana Club offerings. We’ll conclude with a traditional Cuban cocktail.


July 25 and 28: The History of British Royal Navy Rum 1963 British Royal Navy Imperial Rum

(Individual Cost with Antique Authentic British Royal Navy Rum $110)

(Individual Cost with Antique Lamb’s 100 Navy Rum HMS Victory Substituted $68)

The history of the British Royal Navy is a rum-soaked one. We’ll share this history along with what makes rum “Navy Style” and talk about current brands on the market today.  The star of this session is a sample of an incredibly rare 1963 actual British Royal Navy Rum, in addition to some contemporary examples.


August 22 and 25:  Antique Rhum Agricole Tasting

(Individual Cost $50)

Join us for a deep dive into the different distilleries on Martinique producing Agricole. We’ll sample the following out-of-production antique agricole rhums: Rhum Santa Lucilia (Martinique, 1970s), Rhum Superieur (Martinique, 1970s), and Saint Gilles Rhum (Martinique, 1970s). We’ll end with a one-off Tiki Easy Bar cocktail.


September 26 and 29:  Antique Jamaican Rum Tasting and Discussion of High Ester Rum

(Individual Cost $60)

We will discuss what makes Jamaican rum unique with a focus on how esters alter rum flavor.  This session’s sampling includes antique Stock Jamaica Rum (Jamaica, 1970s), Original Jamaica Rhum Black Joe (Jamaica, 1970s), and the current expression of Appleton Estate Rare Casks 12 Year. We’ll end with a Planter’s Punch cocktail.


October 24 and 27: Haitian Rum Tasting and History Featuring Antique Haitian Rum

(Individual Cost $50)

Haiti makes some of the best and most unique fermented sugar cane products in the world. This discussion will focus on Haiti’s use of raw sugar cane juice, and their hyper-local fermented sugar cane spirit Clairin. We’ll sample a contemporary and antique version of the same Rhum Barbancourt rum, Boukman Botanical Rum, and a Clairin. We’ll finish the evening with a Port Au Prince tiki cocktail.


November 28 and December 1: Antique European Rum Tasting and Independent Bottler Discussion

(Individual Cost $50)

Some of the best rums in the world weren’t distilled and aged by the same distiller on the same property. The rum world has always had private bottling companies that source rum and transport it around the world to age. Along with a discussion of this practice and some excellent bottlers, we will sample antique examples including Ancora Rhum Vieux Superieur (Portugal, 1970s), Consul Rum (Italy, 1970s), Cana de Maguey (Spain, 1970s), and the contemporary Plantation Single Cask Fiji Islands 2001. We’ll end with a one-off Tiki Easy Bar cocktail.


December 26 and 29: Tiki Easy Staff Favorite Rum Tasting

(Individual Cost $50)

The Holidays are a time to share your favorite things with those you love. This informal session won’t have a presentation, but will instead focus on sharing our favorite rums at the time and hanging out with our new Rum Club friends. The rum list will be done closer to the event so we can share what we’re into at the time. The evening will conclude with a Tiki-Easy original cocktail.

Venue Details

The Tiki Easy Bar

197 Hilliard Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28801 The Tiki Easy Bar
Hi-Wire Brewing

Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Lo-Pitch Hazy IPA, and Pink Lemonade Session Sour Ale, and it boasts an award-winning sour and wild ale program. Founded in Asheville, N.C. in 2013, Hi-Wire has three locations in Asheville – the Biltmore Village Production Facility, Taproom & Event Space and the South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom are open now and the third is set to open in November 2021 in the River Arts District – along with taprooms in Durham, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Wilmington, N.C., Louisville, Ky., a Charlotte, N.C., location opening in Spring 2022, and a Cincinnati taproom opening in Winter 2022. Hi-Wire Brewing’s Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup award-winning beers can be found on draft and in cans across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia, and Indiana. To learn more about the company, visit hiwirebrewing.com.

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