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Montana has always been a wild and untamed place for us—a seemingly never-ending landscape of high mountain peaks, deep cold rivers, and wide-open expanses waiting to be explored. At Wildrye Distilling, we combine the meticulous artistry of craft distilling with the rugged wildness of Montana to create unique and exceptional spirits.

Wildrye was founded in 2013 with the idea that we could create a deliciously unique Montana Bourbon from Montana Non-GMO Super Sweet Sweet Corn, the kind you buy at your local grocery, grown on our family’s farm in southwest Montana. This initial inspiration led to our flagship spirit, Five Drops Bourbon, from which Wildrye has grown.

Montana's abundant natural resources have inspired us to build a portfolio of spirits that highlight the beauty and uniqueness of our state. As you drive across Montana, you'll see rugged snow-capped peaks, cold raging rivers, wide expanses of barley and rye fields, deep rows of corn, beautiful fruit orchards, mountainsides full of huckleberries, abundant bees, and hills thick with juniper. This is what fuels our passion.

Starting with our Five Drops Bourbon, made with family-grown Montana sweet corn and Montana barley, we expanded to other Montana-inspired products. Our Old Tom Gin is crafted with Montana juniper berries, our Flathead Cherry Vodka features sweet cherries from Montana’s Flathead Valley, and our Rye Whiskey is made from Montana-grown and malted rye and barley. We also produce Ramsdell’s Parrot Rums from Montana beet sugar and Montana Apple Pie from Montana apple cider and honey.

At Wildrye Distilling, we are committed to continually pushing into the frontier, constantly seeking out local, delicious, and real ingredients to create unique and exceptional spirits.

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Meet Our team

Sten

Sten Anderson

Managing Partner & CFO Founder

Sten grew up in Bozeman and has spent most of his life exploring the rugged mountains and wild landscapes of Montana and the West. He's technically an accountant and really loves a good spreadsheet (with a whiskey on the side).

Favorite Wildrye Product?

Bourbon Barreled Bottled in Bond Rye

Phil

Dr. Philip Sullivan

Chief Scientist & Whiskey Dr. Founder

Phil is originally from Tennessee and moved to Bozeman for college (and snowboarding).  He's combined his profession (dual doctorates in Organic Chemistry and Nanotechnology) and his heritage (Tennessee moonshiners) to create what is now Wildrye Distilling.

Favorite Wildrye Product?

Five Drops Montana Straight Bourbon - 10th Anniversary Edition

Ben

Ben Ganser

Chief Operations Officer Founder

Born and raised in Bozeman, Ben loves everything Bozeman has to offer...especially the skiing and our whiskey.  Ben's MBA and professional experience provide an unique perspective on building efficient operations and procedures.

Favorite Wildrye Product?

EichenKirsch

Pouring Bourbon

Alan Edmondson

Head Distiller

Alan works tirelessly and diligently to keep bottles full of delicious distilled spirits.  He also keeps a watchful eye over our beautiful, resting oak barrels, tending to their liquid contents with love.

Favorite Wildrye Product?

Five Drops Bourbon

 

Jayde

Jayde Wilmes

Sales & Marketing

Jayde roams the wilds of Montana, bringing the Spirits of the New Frontier to thirsty mouths.

Favorite Wildrye Product?

Queen Bee Honey Gin

Dion

Dion Granger-Troy

Tasting Room

Dion is our master evangelizer, proselytizing every individual who steps into our tasting room, creating Wildrye converts left and right. Don't believe me? Try for yourself...you will believe.

Favorite Wildrye Product?

Queen Bee Honey Gin

 

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