Stemming from the brewing industry, Brian and Kelly Kretchman have enjoyed food and drink as much as their love for hospitality.  After a changing landscape in the beer world and a very difficult pandemic, they closed their Massachusetts brew pub after 10 years in business to start a new venture in distilling.

Taking cues from their brewing experience and creativity, they set out to create new cane-based beverages that could be produced quickly, efficiently, and still maintain high quality standards.  After 2 years of research and experimentation, the time was right to develop the results into new products.

Bringing together what they had learned, Rum Tropic was born in 2021 at The Velvet Mill in Stonington, CT.  Besides making superb cane-based products and creative cocktails in a tropical themed environment, Brian and Kelly are working to add wholesale in the near future.