Papa’s Pilar Rums Launch in New Jersey


Papa’s Pilar, the new super-premium rum inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s spirit of adventure, is now available in New Jersey.  In particular, two Bergen County establishments that are serving Papa’s Pilar are Varka in Ramsey and Park West Tavern in Ridgewood. The inaugural Dark & Blonde varieties are born from Caribbean, Central America and U.S. rums and then solera aged and blended in a unique process here in the states.

Papa’s Pilar Dark was awarded a “Double Gold” Medal at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  At 86-proof, it is both pot and column stilled and boasts hand-selected rums up to 24 years old.  Papa’s Pilar Blonde includes column stilled aged rums 3-7 years old.  At 84-proof, it was awarded “Best in Class” White Rum at the 2013 Rum Renaissance Festival in Miami, Florida.

Papa’s Pilar was developed in conjunction with Ernest Hemingway’s estate.  The Hemingway family will donate 100 percent of their royalty profits to organizations that embody the likes of adventure, literacy, and conservation, causes dear to Hemingway and his heirs.  In May, the Family made a $30,000 donation to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in Dania, Florida, a highly reputable worldwide organization that embodies many of Ernest Hemingway’s core values, from sport and adventure to protection of natural resources. More information can be found at


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