LAFAYETTE, LA.; September 29, 2012 – Schilling Distributing Company, Inc. is proud to announce a distribution agreement with Acadiana’s first micro distillery , Rank Wildcat Spirits, LLC,. The agreement will grant Schilling distribution rights to the Acadiana area for the young company’s first product, Sweet Crude Rum.
Sweet Crude Rum is Rank Wildc at’s signature 100% Gluten Free, hand-made, small batch white rum and is produced using only the most premium cane sugar and molasses derived from right here in Acadiana. All of their raw materials are provided exclusively from M.A. Patout and Son, LTD, which was started in 1825 and is the oldest and largest family-owned sugar mill in Louisiana.
The product will start hitting Acadiana shelves the week of October 1, 2012. Consumers can find a list of stores carrying Sweet Crude Rum by visiting www.schillingdistributing.com. It will be sold in the following parishes: Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia, Acadia and Vermilion.
Rank Wildcat Spirits prides itself on being solely owned and operated by two Acadiana locals who built everything from the still on up with their own sweat and blood. Having no high-dollar investors, government aid or industrial professionals to grease the wheels, Rank Wildcat Spirits is truly a grassroots Acadiana project. The road was not an easy one, but our success lends credence to our motto: Conantur Persverare (Endeavor to Persevere).
Schilling Distributing Company was founded in 1950 by Herbert Schilling exclusively selling Anheuser-Busch products. Schilling currently operates out of a 152,000 sq. foot warehouse selling 4 million cases annually. They operate as Lafayette’s only locally-owned alcohol beverage distributor under Mr. Herbert E. Schilling II and his son, Mr. Charles “Buddy” H. Schilling, II, and have transitioned from an exclusive beer wholesaler to a diversified beverage distributorship. With time-honored loyalty and experience, Schilling continues to efficiently deliver alcoholic and non-alcoholic products by outstanding personnel resulting in an exceptional experience for our retail customers.