It all began when Alex Voss moved from Florida to Hawaii in the summer of 2012 to work on a landscaping project at a new Courtyard by Marriott on Maui. Hoping to experience the island beyond the duration of his assignment, Alex applied for a distillers apprenticeship on Craigslist at Haleakalā Distillers. After following up, he was hired on the spot and worked his way up to distiller in two short years, learning rum production using indigenous molasses. Thinking back to his roots in southwest Florida near Punta Gorda, he returned home and put his newly acquired skill set to the test creating a rum using 100-percent Florida molasses, sourced at a sugar mill near Lake Okeechobee, 70 miles east of what is now Alligator Bay Distillers in the town of Clewiston.

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