• The Bar Industry Mourns Whiskey Legend Dave Pickerell

    15 days ago - By Vine Pair

    Celebrated master whiskey distiller Dave Pickerell passed away in San Francisco on Wednesday evening. He was visiting the city for this year's WhiskyFest, and died in his hotel room of natural causes, reports say.
    Pickerell is best-known for a 14-year stint with Maker's Mark, as well as the key role he played in founding various whiskey brands including WhistlePig and Blackened. Pickerell also owned his own distilling consultancy firm, Oak View Spirits, which helped hundreds of distilleries launch around the world.
    Born in Fairborn, Ohio, Pickerell graduated from the U.S. Military Academy...
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  • Remembering Dave Pickerell, Master of American Whiskey

    Remembering Dave Pickerell, Master of American Whiskey

    15 days ago - By Imbibe Magazine

    I first met Dave Pickerell on a late-summer night in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a massive man with a booming voice, an easy laugh and a wide-brimmed hat, talking then about his overflowing enthusiasm for making American whiskey.
    Dave Pickerell died on November 1 in San Francisco. In an industry filled with larger-than-life personalities, Dave's was among the biggest-a West Point graduate and master distiller at Maker's Mark for 14 years, he went on to become the godfather of American craft distilling. Along the way, he not only produced one of the country's most iconic bourbons, but...
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