Bayou Rum Distillery in Lacassine has a new designation: Best Large-scale Visitor Center.

The honor comes after competing in Drinks International’s 2017 Distillery Experience Challenge.

“From the beginning, we have set out to share the process, history and taste of Bayou Rum with everyone who visits us. We believe we have something special here, and we want others to be able to experience it alongside us,” said Lisa Cortese, who runs the visitor center at the Louisiana distillery.

Drinks International, devoted to the global beer, wine and spirits industry, set out to find the best distilleries in the world, according to a news release. The Distillery Experience Challenge rewards excellence in hospitality, whether it’s teaching how a spirit is made, the history of the distillery and its environment, conducting a tasting or hosting an event.

In addition to the state-of-the-art distillery and visitor center, the 36,000 square-foot Bayou Rum property features a gallery celebrating the state’s historic role as a sugar cane producer and rum distiller, a 109-year-old farmhouse, a tasting bar and a gift shop.

Founded in 2011 by brothers Tim and Trey Litel, with longtime friend Skip Cortese, Bayou Rum is handcrafted on site the Louisiana way — in traditional copper pot stills using fresh Louisiana sugarcane, the release said.

For more information and to make a tour reservation, visit

More bricks in the wall

The Pointe Coupee Parish Veteran’s Monument Committee is selling more bricks for the monument through Friday, June 16.

For order forms, visit Forms are also available at the Guaranty Bank drive-through window, 175 New Roads St., New Roads.

Atlatl demo planned

Visitors can learn the basics of spear throwing with an atlatl at Poverty Point World Heritage Site east of Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The program will take place behind the Archaeology Laboratory from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A ranger will discuss tips and techniques for using these ancient hunting tools, and participants can test their abilities with the atlatl. They'll also gain an understanding of how and why these tools were used by the prehistoric Native Americans who inhabited the Poverty Point site in the distant past. 

The site's $4 admission fee provides access to the museum, film theatre, hiking trail, driving tour, tram tour (when in season), and any interpretive events taking place at the site. Children (12 and younger) and seniors (62 and older) are admitted free.

Poverty Point is located in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on La. 577. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For additional info, call (888) 926-5292.

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