It’s been more than a decade since microbreweries and craft distilleries began to emerge across the country, and locally too. In the years since, their number and popularity have continued to grow. In 2010, there were 1,800 microbreweries in the US. Today, there are nearly 9,000. Craft distilleries, meanwhile, are growing at an annual rate of more than 11% and number nearly 2,300 – including some right here in Baton Rouge.
Olivia Stewart is Chief Operating Officer of what was Three Roll Distillery who have since re-branded as Oxbow Rum Distillery, a craft distillery located in downtown Baton Rouge that specializes in a variety of rums made from sugar cane that is sourced and grown right across the river at Olivia’s family plantation in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Olivia’s family has owned and operated Alma Plantation since 1859. Her childhood on the farm instilled a passion for all things sugarcane, and eventually rum.
When the pandemic hit, Olivia moved back home to operate the family’s distillery. The company was previously was called Cane Land Rum and has since changed its name to Three Roll Estate. The name refers to a three-roll mill, a type of sugar mill that has been used in sugar production for more than a century. Today, Three Roll distills an array of rums from their own fields and mills. It’s a completely unique supply chain the company refers to as “Cane to Glass.”
The alcohol production business is, as you might expect, a predominantly male-dominated industry. So it’s particularly significant that we’re shaking things up here in Baton Rouge.
Cammy Magee is Chief Operating Officer of Tin Roof Brewing, a craft brewery also located in downtown Baton Rouge.
Cammy’s husband, William Magee, cofounded Tin Roof in 2010 and in the years since it has grown into Baton Rouge’s largest craft brewery with local distribution at restaurants and grocery stores and a popular tap room.
Tin Roof produces a variety of beers, some year round, some seasonal, including such perennial favorites as Orange Jubilee, King Cake, and Parade Ground.
Lately, the brewery has begun shifting its focus to a taproom-centric format that specializes in niche beers and flavors.
Cammy officially joined the Tin Roof team in 2017, though she had been involved from the beginning, pitching in with whatever needed help and handling marketing and social media. Today she oversees all the day to day operations from label design to production, scheduling and shipping to payroll.
Cammy is originally from Lafayette and has a business degree from the University of Louisiana.
Out to Lunch is recorded live over lunch at Mansurs on the Boulevard. Photos from this show by Erik Otts. And check out when Three Roll was called Caneland Distillery and we sat down with Walter Tharp.