Sammy Hagar to Distill Rum on Maui

Red Rocker Sees Green in Hawaii Liquor

Sammy Hagar to Distill Rum on Maui

Sammy Hagar, of Van Halen fame (or infamy, depending on which side of the fence you pump your fist), is bestowing a special little New Year's treat on the residents of Alohaland—and eventually the world. It seems "Mr. Tequila" is branching out into the distillation world (after selling his Cabo Wabo tequila brand for a whopping $100 million, yowza), this time down rum avenue (like a good pirate). And the fruits of his labor will be only available to Hawai‘i residents for the first few months of production.

Hagar, a part-time resident of Hawai‘i (and Mill Valley, Calif., Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and wherever his supergroup Chickenfoot is touring) has partnered with Hali‘imaile Distilling Company to create "sipping rum" made from first-growth and first-press Hawaiian sugar cane. Hagar's blend will mature for two years; bonus time to develop character and aroma, according to a release. His master distiller works in small batches using handmade pot stills to purify the product, which allegedly helps maintain the essence of Hawai‘i in the finished blend.  

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hagar owns and operates Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill in the Maui Airport. Rather nobly, he donates ALL of the profits from this location to local Maui charities. Kudos, Red Rocker. We look forward to trying your sugar cane spirit!

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Rather nobly, he donates ALL of the profits from this location to local Maui charities. Kudos, Red Rocker.