The distiller

A wandering spirit

The short of it is, that for as long as Keri can remember she's dreamed of having a wee beachside rum bar somewhere in the islands, Caribbean, Pacific, wherever.

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As a young woman, she first tasted rum under midnight skies in the heart of the CaribbeanSince that first sip, Keri found that wherever she ventured - from Spain to Mozambique, Cuba to Fiji - rum is enjoyed with delight. After years' writing stories and scuba diving around the world, she settled in Cabarita Beach and today makes rum by the beach. Why rum?

Rum awakens the carpe diem instinct in us all.

Carpe diem Soltera Rum

It is a noble spirit, romantic and adventurous. Rum has fuelled great revolutions and rebellions, it emboldens writers and explorers, and one day it inspired Keri.

While daydreaming about her beachside rum bar, she realised she could get underway right here in Cabarita, not with a bar but with rum. Cabarita's hinterland is awash with sugarcane, from which rum is made and she reasoned that, after all, the journey is the destination.

Obsessively crafted - Pot distilled. 

Keri got busy. She spent two years visiting local and interstate distillers, pestering them with never-ending questions. She tinkered around with a 25-litre fermenter and experimented with different strains of yeast. Together with a little pot still she developed a bomb-proof recipe, at the same time concocting a novel way of infusing spices into the spirit. She travelled to Perth to view a still-maker's workshop before finally, in the middle of a global pandemic, she took the plunge and ordered an alembic copper pot still to commercialise.

Since then she has problem-solved a thousand hiccups and today, continually learning, is dedicated to producing high-quality spirits on a small scale. Keri is incredibly grateful to the community of Cabarita Beach for their support and encouragement every step of the way.

The rum bar in the islands remains her end goal.

Soltera Rum distillery Cabarita Beach