Notting Hill Rum Club Returns at Trailer Happiness

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Way back in 2003, in the days when Simon Difford and Ed McAvoy still had hair, Trailer Happiness opened its doors for the first time.

Trailer went on to become one of London’s most enduring and iconic bars, and the instigator of a global rum club movement.

After a brief hiatus while the bar’s new owners gave the joint a lick of paint (and installed a very talented chef in the kitchen), rum club is returning to Trailer Happiness, with the first session on Monday, December 10th 2012.

Taking place on the first Monday of every month, the Notting Hill Rum Club has an updated format – instead of profiling a specific brand, the sessions will now focus on broader subject areas, allowing more brands to be involved, and giving attendees more to get their teeth into.

Trailer Happiness Rum Clubs are open to all, but pre-registration is Encouraged. The events last 2 + hours from 7.30pm and are free, including tastings. For more information, contact rumclub@trailerh.com or call 020 7313 4644.

The next six months will cover the following subjects:

December 10th, 2012: Why Trailer Happiness Loves Rum and Ice Cream.

ABIR are an organisation that aims to ‘create exciting events that will immerse you in a taste experience designed to showcase the versatility of rum expressed in cocktails, canapés, sorbet and ice cream’. Trailer Happiness will select 2 of their favourite rum brands, Plantation and Diplomatico and discuss why rums make such exceedingly good desserts. Our rum chef will then provide a number of tasty ice creams made with these rums so our guests can understand ‘Why Trailer Happiness Loves Rum and Ice Cream’

January 7th, 2013:Why Trailer Happiness Loves Navy Rums

With their voracious thirst and commitment to strong rums, the British Navy has had a huge hand in developing unique rums that are beloved today. Trailer Happiness will present the rich, dark and sometimes downright dirty history of the British Navy and the development of their unique style of rums. Featuring a tastings and cocktails from a selection of our favourite brands including the original Navy rum ration.

February 4th,2013: Why Trailer Happiness Loves the Island of Barbados

Very few Caribbean islands have as storied a history in the development of rum as the Windward Isle‐Barbados. Featuring rums (and accompanying beers) from the huge number of brands to have been exported from their shores, Trailer Happiness will have an easy time convincing you that this is a rum- producing island deserving of massive love.

March 4th, 2013: Why Trailer Happiness Loves Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry

Throughout the history of the tiki rum movement (which shapes so much of Trailer Happiness) there have been a few figures who have inspired, informed and entertained us all. Jeff Beachbum Berry deserves his place in the tiki pantheon with his tireless research of old recipes and his evangelizing of the tiki style throughout the world. We’re going to discuss his legacy and demonstrate why he’s one of our idols.

April 1st, 2013: Why Trailer Happiness Loves Rhum Agricole

The Frenchislands of the Caribbean have their own richly exotic and deeply unique style of rums (rhums) that are an indispensable part of any enthusiast’s collection. We will be discussing the unique history, production techniques and flavours of Agricoles, whilst demonstrating you how you might tame this sometime wild spirit for use at home or on the bar.

May 6th, 2013: Why Trailer Happiness Loves the Rums of Central America

Having only more recently been available to the wider world, the rums of Central America – from Guatemala to Panama, Columbia to Nicaragua – are a style into their own. We will be cherry-picking the very finest products from this special region of the wider Caribbean and highlighting what makes them so uniquely tasty.

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Andy Ives has over 10 years hospitality publishing to his name and has written for trade magazines such as CLASS and Theme. Most recently he worked as editor of Industry magazine (the Australian version of Theme), bars editor of Australian Bartender magazine, and launched (with Simon) www.4bars.com.au, which is now Australia’s leading bar industry website.

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