The family business began on the island of St. Kitts in 1986 when Bob Brinley, who now serves as chairman of Brinley Gold Rum, setup an electronics plant to manufacture his temperature sensors on the island. After 20 years Bob’s medical supply plant had to close down on St. Kitts. Looking for ways to stay on the island they had grown to love, the Brinley’s decided to try something brand new...Rum.
So, in 2002, Zach Brinley, Bob’s son, traded his job on Wall Street to become president of the new rum company. His mission was to create the smoothest flavored rum in the world. Brinley Gold Rum blended and market edits first batch of vanilla rum and started selling on the island that very same year. Within months, the vanilla rum had won two gold medals at the International Rum Festival in Newfoundland, Canada, and quickly emerged as a favorite among tourists and locals alike in the Caribbean. Coffee, Mango, and Coconut would soon follow along in the line of award-winning, all-natural, flavored rums.
From the very beginning, the entire Brinley family knew they had produced something very special and dove into the United States marketplace personally, sometimes selling store-to-store, bar-to-bar and offering free tastes at every possible opportunity. In 2005, Opici, a well-known and established New York / New Jersey distributor was the first to pick up the brand and helping the company grow tremendously over the next six years.