James Mansfield of Cayman Islands Brewery has been elected as the president of the Caribbean district of the Master Brewers’ Association of the Americas.
Mr. Mansfield’s election as president also means that Grand Cayman will play host to the annual brewers’ convention for the Caribbean region in May 2013. The convention will feature all of the Caribbean members of the association as well as some North American brewers and suppliers.
“It’s going to be a big thing for the Island, not just as a showcase of our beers but also as a showcase of all the things that you can do here,” Mr. Mansfield said.
He said that during his visit to Puerto Rico to pick up the gavel of office and take up the reins of president there was a lot of interest in visiting the Cayman Islands from the other members of the association.
Apart from allowing brewers to learn from one another, the annual convention also serves as a fundraiser for the association’s scholarship programme, which allows aspiring young brewers to attend brewing courses.
“Each brewery does put into a scholarship fund. We’ve received three scholarships so far for Caymanians to go to brewing school, and we’re just about to get the fourth one in October, so we’ve benefitted from it and part of the convention will be raising funds for the scholarship so we will be putting back into the fund,” Mr. Mansfield said.
“We want to be able to showcase to Caymanians that this is actually a good career to come into and a very different career from banking, hospitality and so on, with a very long term vision,” he said.
Mr. Mansfield said that the aim has always been to build Cayman Islands Brewery into a major brewery for the Cayman Islands and look ahead to exporting as well, not necessarily into the Caribbean but into the United States.
According to Mr. Mansfield, with Cayman now in the rotation for presidency of the association, the territory is likely to lead the association every six or seven years as the presidency moves from island to island.