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’Tis the Season to Aaargh, Matey!

Nov 05, 2016 02:04AM ● By Corinne Moore

Hot & New at Railean Distillery & Buccaneer Bar

Pirates, parrots, parties, and rum punch abound at The Railean Distillery & Buccaneer Bar, as do handcrafted rum of course – along with vodka, whiskey and blue agave spirits down by the water in San Leon, Texas. Although many in the area may be familiar with the fun pirate-island atmosphere and quality spirits Kelly Railean provides at Railean Distillery for nearly 10 years now, a variety of seasonal pirate-induced fun events await guests in November and December!

The Buccaneer Bar and Tasting Room, in service for a little over two years now because of changed liquor laws (thank you, Texas!), is now open with extended hours (Tuesday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.) and serving even more of their delicious concoctions. Craft cocktail specialist James Bradshaw is a new addition as well, ready to serve up the latest of their now over 170 custom cocktails. The newest options include a “Tiki List,” which will be featured during The Railean Buccaneer Bar’s new Tiki Tuesdays.

“We’re going to have specials on all of our tiki drinks and discounts starting in November,” Railean added.

Both new and old Pirate Guild members can surely benefit from the cocktail list expansion. But what’s the Pirate Guild, one may ask? Those who join, receive a stainless steel mug for use on each visit, a personalized badge and pirate name and even a “pirate personality.” Since it’s inception in 2015, the popular “club” has acquired more than 1,300 members, who all enjoy special perks at the Railean Distillery & Buccaneer Bar.

“We have a big event the first Thursday of every month called Pirate Guild Night. Anyone can join in the fun! You don’t have to be a member to attend Pirate Guild Night, but if other members see you haven’t joined, you more than likely will be talked into it,” Railean said with a giggle. “We have a special greeting, live music, contests, and advance notice of upcoming events. It’s so much fun!” she said.

Members can also receive an “award of achievement” of sorts. “Once you complete the drink list (60 cocktails), you get a pirate eye patch with your name on it hung up at the bar. After the other 40 tiki drinks, you get a tiki mug. And August is the anniversary of the guild, so we always throw a big party during that month,” Railean said.

December’s Pirate Guild Night will be a great time to join in on some seasonal pirate fun, too!

“December’s Guild Night theme is Bad Pirate Santa! The Bilge Pumps, a band from the Dallas area, have a pirate-themed Christmas album, hence the Bad Pirate Santa theme,” Railean added, though the Railean Distillery & Buccaneer Bar is a great place to visit, as a wide variety of live music and parties (think island-inspired: Jimmy Buffet, steel bands, and more) are showcased year-round.

Railean is also a great place to bring out-of-town family and friends this holiday season – or any time – for tours of their distillery and sampling their wide variety of spirits, including their two newest rums, Railean Lime Rum and Railean Grand Cuvee Rum. The gift shop also includes a variety of great holiday gifts, including many pirate-themed items.

Railean has a private room available for parties, happy hours, meetings, private tours, and their patio is pet-friendly for leashed dogs (with up-to-date vaccinations). For more information on tours, the Pirate Guild, live music, events and more, visit and Railean Distillery & Buccaneer Bar’s Facebook page. You must be 21 years or older with valid ID to enter the Railean Distillery & Buccaneer Bar.

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Upcoming Buccaneer Bar Events Not To Be Missed

November 18: Chris Connerty & Moses Bayou Boys (rock & roll) will be rocking the house 6 to 9 p.m.

December 1: Railean Pirate Guild Night, Bad Pirate Santa with The Bilge Pumps (Pirate-Christmas music!) 6:30 to 10 p.m.

December 10: Sugarcane Crush! Railean’s own sugarcane will be crushed with their antique cane press, on and off all day from noon to 6 p.m.

December 16: Charlie Imes will be entertaining us 6 to 9 p.m. (trop-rock music) Don’t forget to buy your stainless steel mug and join in the fun with the Railean Pirate Guild! Leashed dogs with up to date vaccinations are allowed on the outdoor patio!

*Must be 21 or older with valid ID to enter the Railean Distillery & Buccaneer Bar

- Sarah Piña