Tortuga Rum Company Ltd. (“Tortuga”) has been named the exclusive distributor of 19-81 Brewing Co. (“19-81”) in the Cayman Islands.
19-81 is the Cayman Islands only craft brewery, producing four signature beers – the Cayman Blonde, Island Session, Tropical IPA and Ridgefield Pilsner – as well as a range of ciders and other limited-edition brews, all made in their George Town brewery.
Tortuga will represent 19-81’s full range of beverages, which will be available through Tortuga’s wholesale division and distributed to its network of more than 300 outlets, restaurants, and bars across the Cayman Islands.
“We are thrilled to partner with 19-81 and take on their distribution,” says Eugene Nolan, Chief Executive Officer of Tortuga Rum Company. “19-81 is now an iconic local brand, fitting perfectly into our family of more than 400 quality wine, beer, liquor and soft drink brands while supporting our goal to provide Cayman Islands businesses with a platform to thrive in the local market and to reach the visitor market.”
The partnership was announced last night at a special “Made in Cayman” tasting event at Tortuga’s retail outlet at The Greenery Plaza, which also saw the store unveil its new look as part of Tortuga’s company-wide brand refresh ahead of its 40-year anniversary in 2024.
“We are excited to grow our distribution and bring our range of beers and ciders to even more venues and customers,” says Alexander Goulden, Co-Founder of 19-81. “Tortuga is the obvious distribution partner for us, with its unbeatable combination of having convenient neighbourhood retail stores and a large network of outlets, bars, and restaurants across our islands. We are excited for the potential for 19-81 under the new partnership and look forward to working with the Tortuga team.”
The “Made in Cayman” event also showcased several other local brands under Tortuga’s distributorship, including Tortuga’s signature Cayman Rum Cake, Tomfoodery’s Fiyah hot sauces, Grand Cayman Distillery’s Blue Iguana and Zeus gins and newly launched Three Island Triple Sec.
“As we gear up for our 40th year of business, we are committed more than ever to our local brands, bringing our entrepreneurial spirit, distribution experience and passion for quality, Cayman-made products to their growth strategies to help them unlock their full potential,” adds Nolan.
Find 19-81 at any Tortuga Fine Wine & Spirits location, online at www.tortuga.ky and in liquor stores, bars and restaurants across the Cayman Islands.