Working in sugar cane fields, distilling Brugal rum, and eating fried fish oceanside is all in a days work in the Dominican Republic.
Rum is an excellent cipher to help decode the Caribbean. It is awash in a great deal of history, geography, and political economy. The spirit remains tremendously important in the region to this day, where they consume a great deal more of it and in greater variety than the United States. Brugal, which we played with a bit before, is by far the most popular rum in the Dominican Republic. Their brand is almost synonymous with the island, their logo even closely mimics the national flag. They invited me down for a few days to learn more about Columbus's third stop in America and the 100+ year history of the Brugal family on the island.