When it comes to love for dogs, you would be hard-pressed to find two people more caring and compassionate than the owners of Maggie’s Farm Rum, Tim and Layla Russell. With a collection of rescue pups at their home and hanging around the distillery, it’s easy to see how much they love their fine furry friends.
With the success of Maggie’s Farm Rum, both Tim and Layla wanted to give back to the communities that purchase their rum but weren’t quite sure just how to do it. Along with a label redesign of their core rums, the Russells decided to give back by donating $1 from every bottle of their core products to no-kill animal shelters in the communities that their rum is sold.
It’s a truly kind gesture that has all of us at CraftPittsburgh Magazine somehow getting something in our eyes all at the same time while reading the distillery’s press release, which you can read for yourself below. Check out some pictures of Time and Layla’s own four-legged friends first and then check out the press release to get all the details below.
Pittsburgh, PA – As of February 1st, 2018, for every bottle of Maggie’s Farm core rum sold, either White, Spiced, Single Barrel, or 50/50 Dark rums, $1 will be donated to animal rescue charities in the area of the sale, as denoted on labels for all bottles now rolling out into our current distribution markets. The monthly bottle sales to each market will be tallied and the funds donated directly to non-profit, no-kill animal shelters in the areas of distribution, whether in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Baltimore, Delaware, Philadelphia, Nashville, or New York, and all future markets. Multiple, different charities in the areas of each city will be chosen each month with the best effort of spreading the donations around to benefit as many as possible.
As Maggie’s Farm continues to experience growth in production and sales, a desire to give back has come to fruition. With this ability, and without any product price increases, owners Tim and Layla Russell have decided to assist charities close to their hearts. “These are ones that benefit finding long-term homes for lost, neglected, or abused pets.” As Layla has stated, “Family pets can be our greatest companions and truly depend on us, and in exchange provide us their unconditional love.”
(Pictured with Layla and Tim from left to right are family dogs Crosby, a yellow lab/golden retriever mix, rescued from a foster home in Washington County in 2007. Lumi, a 10-month-old Shiba Inu mix, was recently rescued from an Indiana County Animal shelter after being found lost in nearby woods without a collar. Blake, a black lab, was rescued by Tim’s younger sister and parents from a neglectful home in 2008.)
Allegheny Distilling LLC, located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District, was incorporated in late 2012 and began production of Maggie’s Farm Rum in October of 2013 before opening it’s cocktail bar in the distillery in January of 2014.
In the time since its opening just over four years ago, Maggie’s Farm has become one of, if not the most-awarded rum distillery in America with nearly fifty awards and medals including Highest Ranked American-made rum and spiced rum (Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017) and awards for Best-in-Show spirit (American Craft Spirits Association ’16), Best-in-Class rum (American Craft Spirits Association ’15 and ’16), Best-in-Category spiced rum (American Distilling Institute ’15), Best-in-Category coffee liqueur and Best-in-Category “other” liqueur (for fresh ingredient falernum) (American Distilling Institute ’17), and 2X Pennsylvania Distillery of the Year (New York International Spirits Competition ’14 and ’16).
Maggie’s Farm Rum is the first commercially-available Pennsylvania-made craft rum since Prohibition. All spirits are made from scratch, from the long fermentations of raw sugar cane from Louisiana, rather than molasses. Then, twice pot-distilled for full body and flavor on the Spanish-made copper stills located directly behind the distillery’s cocktail bar. The distillery is open for tastings and bottle sales Wednesday through Sunday and serves craft cocktails Thursday through Sunday.