Al is the distiller for the enterprise. His past experiences range from boat building to custom cabinetry to wine making. In all aspects he has been a passionate craftsman, and it is from his background that our Craftsman line of spirits gets its name.
While Donna is very involved in wine making at our sister business River Bend Vineyard and Winery, she is more behind-the-scenes in the distillery. Federal compliance and reporting, while not the most glamorous role, is Donna’s main focus and is an integral part of operating a distillery.
Back in 2009, Al & Donna opened River Bend Vineyard & Winery. Their passion for making high-quality wine from local grapes has proven successful and led to starting a distillery with the same philosophy.
Since 2009, Al & Donna have proven their commitment to quality in wine competitions across the country. They have earned Gold and Double Gold medals, as well as Best of Class awards. Craftsman spirits are made with the same dedication and excellence.
Excited by a new challenge, Al & Donna set out to make distilled spirits. The mission stayed the same - to make products of the highest quality featuring great local crops. In the summer of 2016, the doors opened to River Bend Distilling.
Al & Donna intend to uphold the River Bend name and its reputation for unparalleled quality. They practice grain-to-glass distilling so every step of the process can be controlled, ensuring that Craftsman products are truly artisan spirits.