Master Brewer at 19-81 Brewing Company
Class of ’15
Jordan MacNevin ’15 found brewing through Bishop’s. He remembers how he started at BU, a young scientist with his sights set on Doctors Without Borders, but it was through Bishop’s that MacNevin found a path that allowed him to marry the creative and scientific sides of his brain. He was introduced to brewing through the Graduate Certificate in Brewing Sciences and at the Bishop’s Arches Brewery and fell in love. Thanks to his knowledge of brewing and networking with other Bishop’s graduates, he landed his dream job of being the head brewmaster at the 19-81 Brewing Company, named after the coordinates of the Cayman Islands, and the first craft brewery on the island. MacNevin embodies the idea that life doesn’t always go as planned, but gets you exactly where you need to be. He challenges and pushes himself every day to create new, exciting and locally focused beer to tourists and Caymanians alike.
Although the brewery is gaining popularity and keeping MacNevin extremely busy, he is always looking for ways to improve and stay true to himself, one being a Summer mentorship program he started at the brewery. This program takes in a local high school student for the Summer to work directly with MacNevin. From the beginning, MacNevin has also partnered with local businesses and farmers. He gives his spent grains to local farms to use for feed, in exchange for local fruit he uses in his next brew to make a one of a kind, community-focused beer.