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Women Notable In The Spirits Industry

on 25/07/13 at 3:32 pm


imagesThese fearless females create some of the world’s favorite spirits.

While the profiles below celebrate four notable women making strides in the spirits industry, they are far from the only ones out there. Around the world, a growing number of women are involved with all aspects of making spirits—creating, distilling, blending, consulting and managing these businesses.

“There are a lot of amazing women in the spirits industry,” says Maggie Campbell, head distiller at Ipswich, Massachusetts-based Privateer Rum, who lists Rachel Barrie and Joy Spence as “my heroes.”

A small but influential group of women rose to key positions during the 1990s and early 2000s. That group has expanded significantly in the last few years, particularly as interest in artisan distilling has grown.

Other notables include Joanne Moore, master distiller of Bloom London Dry Gin in the U.K.; Melanie Asher, who makes Macchu Pisco in Peru; Katia Espirito Santo, of Brazil’s Avua Cachaça; Sonja Kassebaum at Chicago’s North Shore Distillery; and Laura Dierks, managing partner at Brooklyn’s Van Brunt Stillhouse.

Groups like LOAD (Ladies of American Distilleries) share knowledge and create community.