Brugal Rum Center
The Brugal Rum Center offers visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes and uncover the secrets behind the world-class rum while gaining an insight into the fascinating history of the brand that helped to put Dominican Republic rum on the map. Best visited as part of a tour, you’ll also have the chance to see the rum-making and bottling process and visit the exclusive tasting room to sample some of Brugal’s premium offerings.
Things to know before you go
The Brugal Rum Center is a must-see for rum and culture lovers in Puerto Plata.
You can explore the rum center as part of an organized tour or show up on the day.
The Brugal Rum Center offers morning and afternoon factory tours on most weekdays but is closed for lunch.
Bring comfortable walking shoes, as the tour involves many standing and stairs.
Multi-lingual guides lead the tours, which are also suitable for children.
Visitors can join an optional rum tasting and purchase rum at wholesale prices from the on-site shop.
How to get there
The Brugal Rum Center is located on Avenida Manolo Tavarez Justo in the southeastern part of Puerto Plata. It is about 10 minutes from the historic center by car. The best ways to get there are by joining a city tour or taxi. It is also close to Long Beach and Cosita Rica Beach, with plenty of other interesting spots nearby if you want to make a day of it.
When to get there
The Brugal Rum Center is open for tours in the morning and afternoon, Monday to Friday, most of the year. While it is open for walk-ins, joining a tour is the best way to ensure you can visit the factory, as opening hours can be a little sporadic. It also means you don’t have to worry about queuing if you visit during the busiest season (December–April).
The history of Brugal’s rum
Named after Brugal’s founder, Andrés Brugal Montaner, a Catalonian immigrant who learned the art of rum-making in Cuba and brought it to Puerto Plata in the late 1800s, Brugal & Co. has been a family venture for over five generations. Still pushing the boundaries of rum-making in its award-winning cask-aged rums and the rum-making process, Brugal & Co. is now known for being home to the Dominican Republic’s first female maestra ronera (rum-maker), Jassil Villanueva, a direct descendent of Don Andrés.
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