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During the second half of the 19th century, Andrés Brugal Montaner, a Spanish national who had migrated from Sitges (Catalonia) to Santiago de Cuba, decided to move to the Dominican Republic and take up permanent residence in Puerto Plata. While in Cuba, Don Andrés acquired expertise in the making of rum, and based on that experience he founded Brugal & Co. in Puerto Plata. It would mark the beginning of a long family tradition. Don Andrés, unknowingly, would become the forebearer of entrepreneurial leadership in Dominican society. In 1920 the company's first warehouses were built for the ageing of rum in oak barrels.

By 1976, with Extraviejo, the company developed the Premium rum segment in Dominican Republic. In 1998 Brugal & Co. launched Brugal Limón, Brugal Pasión and Unico.[1]. In 2005, the company launched 5-liter steel dispensing barrels for its medium and low-tier brands.

Today, the chairman, George Arzeno Brugal, and most of the board members are direct descendants of the founder of the company.

(Source: Wikipedia)

My note: The picture was taken inside the Brugal Rhum (Rum) Factory in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. According to a local cabbie, this is not the distillery per se: rather, it's a place where the alcohol is bottled and stored for aging.

Adjacent to the place, there's a small shop where you can taste the alcohol and buy it slightly below the market value.

Upon your entry into the building, you will be made to watch a 10-minute video explaining how the business came to exist and who the owners were (are). I actually enjoyed the product more than the story about how it's made;)

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