Robert Burr

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    August 14, 2014

    Rum Renaissance Cruise Offers Seven Spirited Days at Sea

    Once upon a time, the islands of the Caribbean were filled with dread pirates who drank rum by day and pillaged villages at night. Now, the islands of the Caribbean are filled with tourists who tan by day and drink rum at night. In all seriousness, rum is a huge industry for the small island na ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail

    Another Tales of the Cocktail is over and Miami bartenders and spirits professionals are back in town after spending nearly a week in the Big Easy drinking, eating, learning, and networking. This year's TOTC was epic, with a strong cadre of South Florida professionals storming the French Quarter to ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Miami Bartenders in NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

    OK Miami, if you're thirsty for a crafted cocktail, maybe this is a good time to just order a shot and a beer. It's that time of year when bartenders from all over the world converge on the Crescent City for five days of debauchery and drinking -- better known as Tales of the Cocktail. In actualit ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Organizer Arrested

    Robert Burr, organizer of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, has been charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 or older (domestic violence related), which is a felony. See also: Ten Rums We Loved at Rum Renaissance Festival 2014

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    April 29, 2014

    Rum Renaissance Festival 2014: Top Five Coolest Rum Backstories

    Sunday concluded the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, a playground for wannabe pirates, booze-hungry businessmen, and diehard rum enthusiasts to geek out together in drunk bliss. But looking beyond the flashy booths and Tiki merch, I found distilleries with fascinating origins that can get lost amid ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Returns: VIP BOGO Offer

    The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to the Doubletree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center for three days of rum tastings, seminars and festivities April 25 to 27. Now in its sixth year, the festival features more than 80 rum producers worldwide offering tastes of over 200 rums to rum enthu ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Emilio Estefan and Botran Rum Join Forces for Miami Nights

    Earlier this month, Botran Rum and Grammy award-winning producer Emilio Estefan announced a partnership promoting the mantra, "The night begins with Botran." Last night was the unofficial kickoff with an evening under the Miami sky at the Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive. A band played on as rum cockt ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Miami Rum Festival Returns; Miami Cocktail Week Announced

    Rum lovers rejoice for the new year, because the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is returning with a new name and an exciting new addition. The Miami Rum Festival will take place Friday April 25 - Sunday, April 27, at the Doubletree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center. The event will feature semin ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Miami Bartenders at Tales of the Cocktail: Lermayer, Ferrara, Zvi, Orta, Hudnall, Burr, Many More

    If you walk into your favorite Miami bar and don't see any familiar faces mixing drinks, it's probably because your favorite mixologist has headed for the Big Easy. Tales of the Cocktail, the annual five-day spirited celebration of cocktails, has the world's finest mixologists congregating on New O ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Miami's Five Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend

    If you think eating and drinking all week is irresponsible behavior, think again. While we all might be broke, underfed, and over-stressed, taking part in any kind of food-centric events helps us come back down to earth. Hanging out with friends, sipping a fine wine, drinking a good craft, and nos ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Moves Off Beach, Expands

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival director Robert Burr is what you might call "rum obsessed." The author of's national rum page has about 900 bottles of rum in his private collection, hosts rum cruises on which fans can tour various distilleries at exotic ports of call, and is hosting ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Gramps Hosting Jimbo's 86th Birthday

    It was, according to Esquire, one of America's best bars. And closer to home, it served New Times' favorite smoked fish for nearly six decades. These days, however, Jimbo's is little more than a grassy plot of vacant land on Virginia Key. But the bait shop and seaside speakeasy's legacy lives on i ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Julio Cabrera Goes to Cuba, Makes Hemingway Special at Constante's Grave

    When you woke up this morning, you probably didn't think you'd get the opportunity to visit Cuba and tour rum distilleries. Neither did Julio Cabrera. But he recently got the chance to do so and he's got the pictures to prove it. The Miami mixologist, most recently from the late Sra. Martinez, h ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Miami Mixologists Represent at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

    See also "Sra. Martinez's Robert Montero wins Marie Brizard cocktail challeng" and "Julio Cabrera of Sra. Martinez wins Campari cocktail competition at The Corner."Miami was well represented at the tenth anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail. This five-day long celebration of spirits brings the world ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Fifteen Rums, Two Cachacas in One Hour: Judging at the Rum Renaissance Festival

    Every year, bartenders, rum enthusiasts, and fans of a little fun-in-the-sun converge on Miami Beach for the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival held at the Deauville Resort. Though events have been going on all week, the real action lies in the two-day grand tasting this Saturday and Sunday from ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Rum Renaissance Festival Kicks Off a Weeklong Booze Fest Tonight

    Photo by Justin NamonLast year's Rum Renaissance.​Rum aficionados rejoice as the third annual Rum Renaissance Festival kicks off tonight with Zombie Jamboree at the Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale. this evening, it's all about the famous Zombie cocktail. Tiki torches and free flowing DonQ cocktails mar ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010
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    April 8, 2010

    Party to Save Jimbo's Place This Sunday

    Claudia KatzJames "Jimbo" Luznar prepping his fish for the smoker.​Like Coral Castle and Tobacco Road, the ex-shrimper hideaway known as Jimbo's Place (Duck Lake Rd., Virginia Key) is one of those odd outcroppings of the subtropical landscape that provides an increasingly necessary contrast to Mia ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007

    Yet Another Reason to Love Sugar

    Savor the flavors of Brazil’s most popular alcohol

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    March 8, 2007

    Rallye, Ho!

    Local speed racers, start your engines

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    November 2, 2006

    Aluminum Can Omen

    The movie about Jimbos place is hipper than thou, and Studio A suffers

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    October 12, 2006

    Insolence Ointment

    Free rum, fine stories, and a fabled Coral Gables eatery on its way out

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    September 21, 2006
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    May 25, 2006

    Plain Meaning of the Line

    Wine and other spirits intrigue while Iman slightly disappoints

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    April 7, 2005