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Master Distillers & 
American  Whiskey Experts 


Lisa Roper Wicker

President & Head Distiller at Widow Jane Distillery

Consulting Distiller at George Washington's Mount Vernon

Distiller/Product Specialist at Starlight Distillery

Former Whiskey production/Winemaker at Limestone Branch Distillery


Becky Harris

Owner, Chemical Engineer and Chief Distiller at Catoctin Creek Distillery

Board Member of the
American Craft Spirits Association

Listed by Food and
Wine as one of the
“6 Women in Whiskey to Watch”


Greg Metze

Master Distiller for Old Elk Distillery

Former Master Distiller at Seagrams (now known as MGP Products) Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Consultant with 38 years distilling experience


Steve Beam

Founder and Master Distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery

President of Beam Brothers, Inc.


Bruce Russell

Representing the 3rd generation of Russells, Master Distillers at Wild Turkey Distillery

Grandson of Jimmy Russell, Son of Eddie Russell   

Brand Ambassador since 2010, now working alongside Eddie Russell in the distillery 


Rick Wasmund

Founder of Copper Fox Distillery

Built the first traditional malt floor and kiln in a North American distillery since the repeal of Prohibition


Mike Swanson

Head Distiller at Far North Spirits

Creator of Far North Spirits' Seed Vault Series

Spearheading a study funded by the University of Minnesota to determine flavor contributions from 15 different varietals of rye grain


Max Pfeffer

Head Distiller at Manatawny Still Works

Chemical Engineer, fermentation expertise developed at Sly Fox and Victory Brewing


Alan Bishop

Master Distiller for Spirits of French Lick Distillery

Independent Seed Breeder and Grain Farmer


Michael Veach

Filson Historical Society Bourbon Historian

Author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage

2006 Inductee into Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame


Robin Robinson

Author of The Complete Whiskey Course: A Comprehensive Tasting School In Ten Classes

Consultant for small spirits brands across the US


Daniella Solano

Whiskey Ambassador for Jefferson's Whiskeys

Detroit native and spirits expert


Lew Bryson

Beer and Spirits writer since 1995

Former managing editor for Whisky Advocate Magazine, currently senior drinks writer for the Daily Beast

Author of Whiskey Master Class(2020) and Tasting Whiskey(2014)