The word ‘distiller’ commonly evokes an image of a bearded man in Tennessee adding mash to wooden casks. Karen Locke wants to change that vision of the spirits industry.
While Locke was covering the distilling industry over the last decade, she mostly talked to men. She spent years writing about spirits for publications like GQ and Bon Appétit, and even wrote a book on the subject; while looking for sources, it was harder for her to find women in the industry to interview. Looking around distiller conferences, she saw very few other women representing their brands, and found few resources set aside to help women and non-binary distillers
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