Everyone who’s lived in, worked in, or visited Frederick, Maryland knows there’s just something… special… about this place. Frederick is known for its economic potential, quality of life, charm, and prime location outside of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Like many communities around the USA, Frederick is working to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Our goal with this podcast is to be a part of that conversation. In the Frederick Factor Podcast, you’ll hear from Frederick’s underrepresented business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. They’ll share their personal stories and career journeys and what makes Frederick so special to them. Tune in to get inspired and be a part of this conversation with us!
The Authenticity Factor with Angel and Crystal Rivera of Puerto Rico Distillery
This episode features a lively and fun conversation with the team behind Frederick’s Puerto Rico Distillery, Angel Rivera and Crystal Rivera. They shared their love of Puerto Rican moonshine and what makes it so special--and Sandy even enjoyed sampling some during the interview. Sandy spoke with this father-daughter team and they shared their journey of bringing this beloved beverage to the USA, opening a business during the Pandemic, and falling in love with Frederick.
Why Angel and Crystal decided to start their business and only serve the Puerto Rican rum, PitorroFrederick’s “siren call” that led them to open their distillery hereHow they’ve been supported by the Frederick community with open armsThe distances people will drive to try their authentic Pitorro, which can only be found in Puerto RicoTheir experiences being an underrepresented business in Frederick, and how they share their native culture with the beauty, integrity, and pride it deservesThe many ways this father-daughter team is committed to giving back through distillery offeringsHow they had to creatively “pivot” on their opening plans due to opening at the beginning of COVID in March 2020Angel and Crystal share their Frederick Factor
Puerto Rico Distillery is located in Frederick, Maryland, and is led by father-daughter team Angel Rivera and Crystal Rivera. They are part of a career Navy family, and are award-winning ambassadors of their culture in the state of Maryland. Puerto Rico Distillery specializes in high-quality artisanal Puerto Rican diaspora rum. Affectionately known on the island as Pitorro, it’s been close to impossible to find it anywhere outside of Puerto Rico. Pitorro is a rum distilled from sugar cane molasses that for centuries has been enjoyed by Puerto Rican families and friends. Puerto Rico Distillery aims to share the unofficial national spirit of Puerto Rico and its rich traditions.
Learn More About the Puerto Rican Distillery: www.puertoricodistillery.com
Visit their distillery in Frederick, Maryland:
1341 Hughes Ford Road
Frederick, MD 21701
Pitorro Workshop Series - Youtube VideosOnline StorePuerto Rican Distillery on Instagram Attend a tasting (Reservations are encouraged but not required)
Episode 0: Welcome to the Frederick Factor
In Episode 0, we share the inspiration behind starting the Frederick Factor! Season 1 host and Frederick Factor creator Sandy Dubay shares how the Frederick Factor started as an idea over two years ago, and how it evolved into the podcast it is today.
Show Notes / Highlights from the Show:
How the inspiration behind the Frederick Factor was bornHow the Frederick Factor evolved into a podcast focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusionLearn about Platinum PR, the production and marketing team behind Frederick FactorPlatinum PR’s experience working with organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and why we wanted to be a part of this conversation in FrederickSneak peek into episodes to come in Season 1!Show Links:
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