Dec 30, 2013 11:34 AM

CO distillers sell 'flood rum' to help firefighters

When Matt Rooney walked into Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons, Colorado after this summer's flood waters subsided, he found a mess and a story.

"We had about two foot water lines in the insides and so we had a ton of damage and destruction here," Rooney said, "but, the barrel of rum survived."

A barrel of his aged, Mountain Bum Rum survived despite floating around on two feet of mud and muck. Despite its official name, this batch of liquor is now known as something else.

"Everybody's been asking when's the 'flood rum' gonna be ready, when's the 'flood rum' gonna be ready," Rooney said.

The 'flood rum' is now turning into a symbol of the town's survival from the massive September floods.


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