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OUR PEOPLE

ACCOUNTANT

GREG BERCAW

Greg manages the distillery finances, compliance, and inventory systems. 

 

Greg holds a BA from Butler University, an MA from the University of Notre Dame, and a PBA from Indiana University. 

Favorite Spirit: Bourbon

Favorite Music: 90s

Favorite Movie: The Empire Strikes Back

Obsession Topics: Olympics, Cooking & Hiking

RETAIL COORDINATOR

ALISON MILLION

Alison coordinates events, handles donation requests, manages retail inventory, and schedules tours and tastings.

 

Alison has a Hospitality Management degree from Purdue Fort Wayne and is CPR Certified.

Favorite Spirit: Rye Whiskey & Gin

Favorite Music: 90s R&B, Folk Rock/Blues, 90s Punk

Favorite Movie: Baseball, Marvel, & Indiana Jones

Obsession Topics: Outdoor Survival & Agriculture

VP OF RETAIL OPERATIONS

KATY SILLIMAN

Katy oversees retail operations at the distillery, including tours, merchandise, events, and the Bar & Kitchen.

 

Katy holds a BA in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Favorite Spirit: Port Cask Finished Whiskies

Favorite Music: Current Pop

Favorite Movie: Late Night

Obsession Topics: Gardening

MASTER DISTILLER

pat tanesky

Pat is responsible for overseeing all product developments, including: mashes, fermentations, distillations, barreling, blending, quality control, and product development. 

Favorite Spirit: Franklin B. Rye Whiskey

Favorite Music: 90s Grunge

Favorite Movie: Marvel & The Big Lebowski

Obsession Topics: Animated Television Comics

WHISKEY MAN

FRANKLIN B. MEVIS

Franklin B. (aka "Bruce") is our Whiskey Man.

He is the namesake for the Franklin B. Rye Whiskey. He is our storyteller, a living legend. If you see him around, ask him about his whiskey and he'll warm your heart with enthusiasm about distilling and his pride for the Franklin B. Rye Whiskey.

Favorite Spirit: Rye Whiskey

Favorite Music: ACDC

Favorite Movie: Braveheart

Obsession Topics: Movie Buff

RESTAURANT GM

DAVID MCCARTHY

David manages the Kitchen & Bar and private rental events in the distillery. 

 

David has a background in Nursing and over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

Favorite Spirit: Vodka

Favorite Music: Late 90s Rap

Favorite Movie: Horror Flicks

Obsession Topics: Haunted Locations

PRESIDENT

MARLA SCHNEIDER

Marla oversees all distillery operations, leading near-term and long-term goals and strategies. 

 

Marla holds a BS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Favorite Spirit: Gin & Rye Whiskey

Favorite Music: 80s, Motown, Alt-Country, & Indie

Favorite Movie: The Goonies

Obsession Topics: Unexplained Mysteries & Sharks

PRODUCTION MANAGER

matt swygart

Matt is responsible for production management, scheduling, ordering, facility wellness, and equipment maintenance. 

Matt is a licensed electrician in the State of Indiana.

Favorite Spirit: Barrel-aged Whiskies

Favorite Music: Classic Rock

Favorite Movie: Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Obsession Topics: Random Facts & Sports

EXECUTIVE CHEF

patrick whetstone

Patrick is responsible for menu development and back of the house management.

Patrick has an Associates in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Whales in North Miami, Florida.

Favorite Food: Too many foods to list

Favorite Music: All but pop, country, or classical

Favorite Movie: Green Street Hooligans