Sunday, August 16, 2015:

Sunday, August 16, 2015:

Check out the great article that ran in the Lafayette Daily Advertiser this weekend!

Wednesday,  March  12,  2015:

Wednesday, March 12, 2015:

Update from owner, David C. Meaux:

Good morning, friends, Sweet Crude is back on the bottling line!
Since taking over full ownership and management of Rank Wildcat in late December, 2014, I have implemented significant upgrades to Lulu the still and various other aspects of my operation.
In upcoming weeks, I will be aggressively ratcheting up production to 1) satisfy growing demand and 2) reintroduce Black Gold as soon as possible.
Stay tuned for updates and support Acadiana’s FIRST DISTILLERY!
Much obliged,

Friday, December 12, 2014:

Friday, December 12, 2014:

Meaux is happy to acknowledge the efforts of his friends, John Sledge, III; David Buchholz; and Kevin Guarino (pictured in that order). Since the beginning, Guarino and Buchholz were instrumental in the fabrication of Lulu the still and much of the work necessary to transform an empty warehouse into a licensed distillery! Dr. Sledge’s general knowledge of rum itself and his specific expertise in distillation, barrel aging and blending made the 2014 debut of Black Gold possible. There is no doubt that Rank Wildcat Spirits would not be where it is today without these friends and the appreciation Meaux feels toward these gentlemen is lasting!

Wednesday,  November  5,  2014:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014:

Acadiana’s own Sweet Crude Rum takes the SILVER MEDAL and Acadiana’s own Black Gold takes the GOLD MEDAL in the 2015 International Craft Spirits Awards!

Wednesday,  November  5,  2014:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014:

Acadiana’s own Sweet Crude Rum takes the GOLD MEDAL in the 2014 Artisan Awards Competition!

Friday,  May 16, 2014:

Friday, May 16, 2014:

Acadiana’s Own Sweet Crude Rum takes the SILVER MEDAL in the 2014 International Craft Awards Competition!

Wednesday,  December 25,  2013:

Wednesday, December 25, 2013:

Sunday,  December 22,  2013:

Sunday, December 22, 2013:

We got a mention in Lafayette’s Sunday Advertiser! Thanks, Esteban!

Wednesday,  December 3,  2013:

Wednesday, December 3, 2013:

Check out the great piece about us called “Barrels of Fun” in the December issue of Acadiana Profiles Magazine!

Friday,  November  29,  2013:

Friday, November 29, 2013:

Understandably, many of you are eager to experience the dark rum we planned to launch this Holiday Season and we declare with conviction that the product is maturing beautifully. However, we determined that it has yet to realize its full potential and we wasted no time getting it back into the barrel. We refuse to do our customers the disservice of bringing a product to market before it is the best that it can be and we thank you all for your continued patience and support. As ever, our primary obligation is to deliver the finest artisan-craft spirits that Louisiana sugar cane can yield!

Thursday,  November  28,  2013:

Thursday, November 28, 2013:

Thursday,  October  10,  2013:

Thursday, October 10, 2013:

Please read the great piece “Local Spirits” in the October issue of FACE Magazine (page 10)! We are so proud of Louisiana for all its breweries, wineries, and (of course) distilleries! Thank yall for all your support!

Friday,  September  27,  2013:

Friday, September 27, 2013:

We are so pleased with the results of our recent cross-promotional efforts with our friends at Southern Apparel! Visit their website here so you know where to find their fantastic collections and like them on FB!

Tuesday,  September  17,  2013:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013:

Sweet Crude earned a Washington Cup in the 2013 Washington Cup Competition! The other 2013 winners include spirits made by Knob Creek and Buffalo Trace, and we are thrilled that a craft product from Louisiana’s smallest rum distillery is represented in such a small and prestigious group.

Tuesday,  September  10,  2013:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013:

Read this great entry about us on Bahama Bob’s Rumstyles blog!

Friday,  September  06,  2013:

Friday, September 06, 2013:

Listen to Meaux talk rum to Moon this morning on The Moon Griffon Show!

Saturday,  August  17,  2013:

Saturday, August 17, 2013:

We were proud to participate in the 2013 American Cancer Society Black and White Gala! The Society’s work to curb this hateful disease that so devastatingly affects so many of us is truly outstanding. Read this great article about the event in the Independent!

Thursday, July 11, 2013:

Check out this announcement in Baton Rouge’s 225 Magazine! Red Stick, here we come!

Wednesday,  July  3,  2013:

Wednesday, July 3, 2013:

Here’s another article about Eat Lafayette that ran in the Acadiana Gazette!

Thursday,  June  27,  2013:

Thursday, June 27, 2013:

Check out this great article about Louisiana’s growing distillery industry from our friends at Country Roads Magazine!

Thursday,  June  20,  2013:

Thursday, June 20, 2013:

We are officially available in NOLA! Ask your favorite grocer, bartender, waiter, etc. to order some SWEET CRUDE from their Southern Eagle New Orleans rep!

Wednesday,  June  19,  2013:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013:

So proud to sponsor Eat Lafayette this year! Have a look at 2013’s commercial!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013:

We made it into the 3d Edition of David J. Reimer, Sr.’s Micro-Distilleries in the U. S. and Canada!

Tuesday, May 15, 2013:

Tuesday, May 15, 2013:

Check out our article in this month’s ABiz!

Wednesday – Saturday, April 24-27, 2013:

Wednesday – Saturday, April 24-27, 2013:

Going to Festival International this year?? Come by Pamplona Tapas Bar on Jefferson Street to order Lafayette’s own Sweet Crude Rum in your favorite cocktail! Cole and Meaux will be around to tell you all about it!!

Saturday, March 9, 2013:

Saturday, March 9, 2013:

We filled a 53 gallon barrel graciously donated to Rank Wildcat by our friends at Marcello’s Wine Market! Stay tuned for more information about the debut of Rank Wildcat’s BLACK GOLD!!

Saturday, January 30, 2013:

Saturday, January 30, 2013:

Come to the Saint Street Inn this Saturday before, during and after the Rio parade in Lafayette for the Revelry de Rio beginning at 5:00pm. Enjoy live music, local beer, cuisine and, of course, Sweet Crude!

Friday, January 25, 2013:

Friday, January 25, 2013:

Sweet Crude has taken Lafayette and the surrounding area by storm! Soon, STATEWIDE!! Find a list of vendors that carry Sweet Crude Rum here!

Sunday, November 11, 2012:

Sunday, November 11, 2012:

Cole and Meaux recently did an interview with Acadiana Open Channel’s Jacob and Paul Off the Wall. Take a look here!

Friday, October 5, 2012:

Friday, October 5, 2012:

We finally made it onto shelves in and around Lafayette!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012:


Friday,  September  28,  2012:

Friday, September 28, 2012:

Sweet Crude Rum will FINALLY be available in the Lafayette area within the next week!

Tuesday,  September  25,  2012:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012:

Rank Wildcat is proud to announce our recent distribution arrangement with Schilling Distributing Company of Lafayette, Louisiana!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012:

Rank Wildcat was asked to donate Bottle Nos. 2 & 3 to the recent charitable auction called “Anything is Pastable“. The proceeds of the event were collected to benefit 232-HELP/LA 211, Acadiana’s first comprehensive referral center in the health and social services field. The box set (complete with signed bottles and a Certificate of Authenticity) sold for $400.00!

Sunday, August 12, 2012:

Sunday, August 12, 2012: