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11 Distillers On What’s their idea of a good life

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10/02/2022 Be prepared to have early mornings, long days, to be cold and damp! This is the best job in the world. We’re a friendly bunch, there is a true sense of community in the distilling world says Dr. Anne Brock The Real Jewel of Bombay Sapphire Gin.

Here we ask Anne and 10 other distillers their definition and idea of living a good life.

Image: Anne Brock, Master Distiller Bacardi, John Dewar & Sons Limited

Image: Anne Brock, Master Distiller Bacardi, John Dewar & Sons Limited

Anne Brock, Master Distiller Bacardi, John Dewar & Sons Limited: Being content in what I spend my days doing and the people I get to share my time with. Having busy work weeks doing something I have a true passion for and then busy weekends around and about with friends is all I need.

Image: Danielle Lanza, Distiller at Philadelphia Distilling

Image: Danielle Lanza, Distiller at Philadelphia Distilling

Danielle Lanza,  Distiller at Philadelphia Distilling: A balanced life! Work isn’t everything, and it is so easy to settle into a grind. Do what you love and enjoy, and share your life with people you love and enjoy. What’s the point of doing anything else?

Image: Jerry Elliott, Brewer and Distiller, ArchRay Resort

Image: Jerry Elliott, Brewer and Distiller, ArchRay Resort

Jerry Elliott, Brewer and Distiller, ArchRay Resort: My wife and I are empty nesters and we have enjoyed parenthood and continue to be amazed by our children's growth as young adults and professionals.  I think having a career that is interesting and challenging every day but rewarding with a product that you can stand behind is my idea of how another good life begins again.

Image: Brian Prewitt, Master Distiller, and Distillation/Aging Operations Director, Sazerac

Image: Brian Prewitt, Master Distiller, and Distillation/Aging Operations Director, Sazerac

Brian Prewitt - Master Distiller and Distillation/Aging Operations Director, Sazerac: Enjoy what you are doing, enjoy with your friends and family, and live life to its fullest.

Image: Brandon Egbert, Head Distiller at Washington’s First Apple Distillery

Image: Brandon Egbert, Head Distiller at Washington’s First Apple Distillery

Brandon Egbert, Head Distiller at Washington’s First Apple Distillery: A good life is enjoying life with my family and making a decent living financially.  I don't need to be rich but I would like to not worry about having enough money to do the things I want to do later in life, like traveling with my wife.

Image: Tim Mokes, Head Distiller and Production Manager at Boardroom Spirits

Image: Tim Mokes, Head Distiller and Production Manager at Boardroom Spirits

Tim Mokes, Head Distiller and Production Manager at Boardroom Spirits: Try to live carefreely, and enjoy what I have. Healthy family and friends and a roof over my head keep me happy, with a drink in my hand.

Image: James Gibbons, The Head Distiller at Spirit of Wales Distillery

Image: James Gibbons, The Head Distiller at Spirit of Wales Distillery

James Gibbons, The Head Distiller at Spirit of Wales Distillery: I think balance is what makes a great life. For me, that means being in the right place, with the right people, and working towards projects, both in and out of work, that challenge me and constantly move me in a forward direction.

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Image: Colin Spoelman, Distiller and Co-Founder at Kings County Distillery

Image: Colin Spoelman, Distiller and Co-Founder at Kings County Distillery

Colin Spoelman, Distiller and Co-Founder at Kings County Distillery: Plan for tomorrow, but live in the moment, hopefully with a glass of whiskey in hand.

Image: Andrew McCabe, Master Distiller at Liberty Tree Distillers

Image: Andrew McCabe, Master Distiller at Liberty Tree Distillers

Andrew McCabe, Master Distiller at Liberty Tree Distillers: I’ve always tried to live a good life. To me it means to follow the golden rules, take care of yourself, your family, your town, your state, your country, and your world.

Image: Lexi Close, Crostwater Distillery

Image: Lexi Close, Crostwater Distillery

Lexi Close, Crostwater Distillery: A good life is one where you are happy with who you are, you enjoy what you are doing day-to-day, you are constantly learning, and you take advantage of the opportunity to be kind and have positive experiences with others.

Image: Benjamin Heflin, Nashville Lead Distiller, Ole Smoky Distillery

Image: Benjamin Heflin, Nashville Lead Distiller, Ole Smoky Distillery

Benjamin Heflin, Lead Distiller of Ole Smoky Distillery: Depends on the season but always surrounded by friends and loved ones; Whether that's going to a game, checking out a new restaurant/bar, or just relaxing at home. I spend a lot of time-consuming new books and content by other professionals in the industry but over the years I have found a balance that works great for me!

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