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Founder & Principal - Liz Rhoades, MS, Dipl. Dist.

Liz Rhoades is an award-winning and patented technical distiller who has over a decades’ experience within beverage alcohol, working with a variety of substrates, spirits, and products. Across five continents, she has helped numerous of operations and brands - from start-up, small craft, mid-tier, and to large international scale.


Throughout her career, Liz has worked on some exciting brands and operations - such as Crown Royal, WhistlePig, Bulleit, George Dickel, Captain Morgan, and Smirnoff - just to name a few.


Her expertise revolves around her mantra - where art meets science. Whether it be devising a creative solution to a technical issue or opportunity, or applying science to create the next award-winning spirit! Distilling it down, here are some key areas of experience:

  • Research, development, and production of new products

  • Technical process optimization to mitigate risk, enhance yields, and improve quality

  • Process and production support for whiskey, rum, and vodka manufacturing sites

  • Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis

  • Blending and Finishing

  • Quality program development - including sensory

  • Spirit sensory analysis for whiskey, rum, and vodka

As a passionate educator, Liz has presented at several industry conferences and summits, co-hosted a whiskey-focused podcast - A Spirited Conversation - through, and on occasion, pens technical articles for the Whiskey Wash © and various publications.  In addition, she serves on various technical and executive boards - including Distilling Research Grant, American Malting Barley Association, and the Council of Whisky Masters.

Liz holds a Master’s degree in Food Science from North Carolina State University and her Diploma Distiller from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

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