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Our Story


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Our Story


Meet the Owners

Al

Al is our vineyard manager and master distiller.  His experience ranges 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.

Donna

Donna is the winemaker at our sister business River Bend Vineyard and Winery.  Her role in the distillery is federal and state compliance and reporting…which is just as glamorous as it sounds.

The Winery

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The start of "River Bend"

In 2009, Al & Donna opened River Bend Vineyard & Winery.  Their passion for producing quality wine from local grapes has been well-received and led to opening the distillery in 2016.

Some of the gold-medal winning wines produced at River Bend

Some of the gold-medal winning wines produced at River Bend

Making their mark

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.

The Distillery

The first still used at River Bend Distilling

The first still used at River Bend Distilling

new adventure, same mission

Excited for a new challenge, Al & Donna began producing distilled spirits.  The mission stayed the same - to make products of the highest quality featuring local crops.  In the summer of 2016, the doors opened to River Bend Distilling.

Barrels used for aging our Craftsman Bourbon

Barrels used for aging our Craftsman Bourbon

Looking to the future

Al & Donna continue to uphold River Bend’s reputation for unparalleled quality.  Grain-to-glass distilling means every step of the process is controlled, ensuring that Craftsman products are truly artisan spirits.