My name is Kelly Railean, but most people just call me "RAILEAN". I founded Railean Distillers, LLC and constructed the first and only distillery in the Houston / Galveston vicinity with the vision of re-establishing the American rum industry in the USA. Most Americans don't realize that rum was the "Original" American spirit with over 60 rum distilleries in operation in the 1700's. To see this American tradition taxed and regulated out of existence was a sad day for all Americans.
Family, friends and co-workers thought I was crazy to quit the rat-race and start-up my own company; especially in a world monopolized by mass-produced spirits companies, where very few woman have ventured. However, my fascination and passion for sailing, tropical islands, pirates, parrots (and of course rum and tequila); determined my destiny. Today, my dream of owning a distillery & making Handcrafted American Rum™ has come true but it has taken over 5 years to get to this point.
It all started in 2005 when we established Railean Distillers, LLC. By 2006, we completed the construction of the first rum distillery in the State of Texas. We located the Eagle Point Distillery in a sleepy little town along the shores of Galveston Bay in San Leon, Texas. Once a stronghold for the swashbuckling pirate Jean Lafitte, today San Leon is a "small drinking community with a large fishing problem". The area is also home to a thriving population of wild parrots called Monk Parakeets, which we have adopted as our official RAILEAN mascot.
In 2007, we were manufacturing small batches of specialty, handcrafted rum utilizing Grade-A unsulfured molasses, state-of-the-art distillery equipment, unique recipes and manufacturing techniques. Distribution began with the local Houston market and quickly expanded to three other major Texas markets including Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. In 2009, we established a partnership with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) one of the largest wine & spirits distributors in the US and we picked up additional distribution in Arkansas and California.
Following up on the unparalleled success of RAILEAN rum, in 2010 we launched a 100% Blue Agave Sprit called El Perico (Spanish for the parakeet) to rival Mexico's finest Tequilas. We were now making two spirits seldom produced in the USA and we were building our brand awareness through a grassroots movement of "Sprits Locavores" who were reshaping the spirits industry in towns across the USA.
This trend in the sprits industry was confirmed when a Gallup Poll came out and found 72% of Americans were paying "heightened attention" to the country of origin of the products they buy and nearly 94% of Americans would pay more for foods grown or produced in the United States of America. American consumers want companies to adhere to strict US labor laws, OSHA safety standards, and the EPA environmental regulations, and they want a guarantee of quality for raw materials, packaging and final product.
Leveraging these recent trends, in 2011, RAILEAN Rum and Agave Spirits became the first in their respective category to be certified as Made in USA in accordance with Federal Trade Commission regulations. With this elite certification, we were now able to easily differentiate RAILEAN Rum from all imported rum and RAILEAN El Perico Agave Spirits from all imported Tequila.
Americans now have a choice between imported mass produced Rum/Tequila and higher quality Handcrafted American Rum and Handcrafted American Agave Spirits. My original vision to re-establish the rum industry in America is well on its way and the American Handcrafted Rum Revolution has begun. At the same time we are pioneering a new category of American spirit made from 100% Blue Agave.
We are fully committed to providing products Made in the U.S.A.; thus providing jobs, fueling our American economy and aiding in the recovery of our economic system.
I hope you enjoy RAILEAN Rum and Agave spirits - Buy American!!!
President & CEO