Posted by Frank Gagnier
Roger Morenc, Owner of 

Marlin & Barrel Distillery

Roger spoke about his humble beginnings.
Marlin & Barrel is a distiller of Venture Vodka and Bearing Light Rum and now 2nd Street Gin. It is hand-crafted, distilled and bottled in their Craft Distillery located on Amelia Island’s historic Fernandina Beach, FL. It is sold at restaurants and where fine spirits can be found in Northeast Florida. Since Rogers humble beginnings, he has partnered with Engine 15 Brewing Co. which is a craft beer producer of over 20 brands of beer that are distributed throughout the State of Florida.  Engine 15 operates a gastropub and brewery in Jacksonville Beach, FL. as well as a production brewery in downtown Jacksonville.  
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He’s is the distiller.

Roger left his 20-year job with Air Tran Airways when Southwest bought it and wanted him to move to Dallas.  He didn't to do that, so he started looking around for something else, something that he "wanted" to do.

He decided to open a distillery and after much thought and discussions with his wife as to where to do this venture, he chose Fernandina Beach here on Amelia Island.  He had considered several other area's like Hilton Head, SC, Savannah, GA and Ybor City in Tampa but the City of Fernandina Beach was more welcoming and most enthusiastic and won him over.  Dallas, Texas didn't have a chance.  The rest is history.

Marlin & Barrel is located at 115 South 2nd Street and is open on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 11:30am to 3:30pm - Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30am to 5:30pm - CLOSED on Tuesdays

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