It started with an idea that came out of a duck blind conversation near the Lacassine Wildlife Refuge and some local sugar cane fields. Since Louisiana is the birthplace of sugar cane farming in the "new world," is the home of the biggest Mardi Gras party in America, has some of the greatest (and spiciest) food on earth and a place where our fiercely loyal citizens live every day to the fullest, we wondered why isn't someone creating a home-grown, high-quality Louisiana rum?
The next thing we knew, Louisiana Spirits was born.
We decided to build a great, authentic Louisiana Rum and do it in a way that will support our state and our unique culture. Our 18,000 square foot distilling facility will feature a gallery celebrating the state's historic role as a sugar cane producer and rum distiller, a 109 year-old farmhouse (the first home built in Iowa, Louisiana) that has been saved and relocated to our site, a gift shop and more. All on 22.77 naturally-set acres, complete with ponds, cypress trees and a sugar cane field.
Everything Louisiana Spirits does will be done in the wonderful spirit of Louisiana!
Look for our first rums in 2012 and "laissez les bon temps rouler."
Tim Litel, Skip Cortese and Trey Litel founded Louisiana Spirits in 2011. The Litel brothers are from the Lake Charles area and have teamed with Skip Cortese, of Baton Rouge, for the venture. Tim and Skip have worked together over the past 12 years to build and sell environmental service companies. Tim brings his environmental expertise with specialties in operations, compliance and general management. Skip is a successful entrepreneur with an environmental engineering background and specializes in construction and startup management. Trey brings over 25 years of sales and marketing expertise, with over 10 years in the distilled spirits and beverages industries.