Trailer Happiness in London has been named the UK’s most influential rum bar of the past decade as part of this year’s Golden Rum Barrel Awards.
The tiki bar, which opened in Portobello Road 13 years ago, picked up the award (pictured) at a ceremony held after this weekend’s UK RumFest at ILEC in London which was celebrating its 10th year.
Other winners included Cubana in Sheffield for rum menu of the year and Mahiki in London for rum bar team of the year.
Diplomatico was named consumers’ favourite rum while Foursquare 2006 Single Blended Rum won the title of best new rum in the UK in 2016. Japan’s Nine Leaves rum was named Boutique RumFest brand of the year for exhibitors at the trade-only exhibition held last Friday.
Awards were also handed out to rum ambassadors, with Don Q’s Alexx Mouzouris named international brand ambassador and The Duppy Share’s George Frost winning the title of best UK rum brand ambassador.
Among the producers, Angostura’s master distiller John Georges was named best distillery ambassador over the past 10 years and Appleton Estate’s master blender Joy Spence won the title of most influential rum blender over the last 10 years.
Luca Gargano of drinks distributor Velier won the award for rum influencer of the year while rum.charlosa.com was named the UK’s best rum website.
The Golden Rum Barrel Awards took place at the Crowne Plaza London Kensington, hosted by Ian Burrell, organiser of UK RumFest and global rum ambassador.
2016 Golden Rum Barrel Awards winners
Boutique RumFest Brand of the Year
Nine Leaves – Japan
Consumer’s Favourite Rum
Diplomatico rums – Venezuela
Rum Menu of the Year
Cubana – Sheffield
Most Influential Rum Bar In The UK Over The Past 10 Years
Trailer Happiness – London
International Rum Brand Ambassador
Alexx Mouzouris – Don Q
UK Rum Brand Ambassador
George Frost – The Duppy Share
Rum Bar Team of the Year
Mahiki – London
Best UK Rum Website
Best New Rum Brand in the UK 2016
Foursquare 2006 Single Blended Rum
Rum Influencer of the Year
Luca Gargano – Velier
Distillery Ambassador Over the Past 10 Years
John Georges – Angostura Distillery
Most Influential Rum Blender Over the Last 10 Years
Joy Spence – Appleton Estate Rums