Hear a story of cargo cults, rum, and a PNG discovery

In two weeks’ time, the inaugural Indie Tasting will take place at Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney as part of Bar Week. And if you’re there, you’ll get to hear one of the more interesting tales of a rum’s creation that’s out there.

That’s the story of Cargo Cult Spiced Rum, the brainchild of Jonny Croft, and he’ll be on hand to tell the story and walk you through a tasting of this rum made from from the “rich volcanic soils, unpolluted rainwater and sun-drenched sugarcane from the Ramu River Valley [in Papua New Guinea] and Fiji.”

Croft said he got the idea for the brand following a conversation with his dad, who had been a doctor at a naval base in Papua New Guinea during the 1960’s.

“He told me that when the US arrived during the second world war, they brought endless amounts of supplies, a lot of which they gave away to the islanders. After the US departed, the islanders formed a quasi-religion called Cargo Cults, worshipping a man they called John Frum [as in, “John from America”] hoping he would come back with more free supplies.”

Croft then embarked on a journey to Papua New Guinea to find his rum — and it’s one hell of a story. Click here to get your ticket to the Indie Tasting to hear Croft and taste your way through over 50 boutique, small, independent brands at Sydney Bar Week on Tuesday 22 September.



John Frum’s Cargo Cult

Hear the Cargo Cult Spiced Rum story by founder Jonny Croft.
When: Tuesday 22 September, 01:30 PM – 01:50 PM.
Where: At the Indie Tasting, Frankie’s Pizza
Tickets: Entry to seminars is free with an Indie Tasting ticket. Tickets to the Indie Tasting are $20 online — click here to book now before it sells out.

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