Family

Family

Meet the Founders

Brad Mead

Kate Mead

Brad and Kate are the founders of Wyoming Whiskey and the keepers of the ranching tradition in the Mead family, overseeing the Spring Gulch and Kirby ranches. Kate runs Mead Ranch Natural Beef and Brad is a pilot and CEO of Wyoming Whiskey. They are pretty much like other business executives, but they do most of it on horseback and with a much better office view.

David DeFazio

When Brad and Kate decided to make bourbon, they turned to “Faz” to figure out how to get it done and he’s been getting it done for Wyoming Whiskey ever since. To keep David’s bio from being too long, we’ll just make a list: lawyer, river guide, late night philosopher, angler, skier, wingman, Yankees fan, and whiskey man.

Distillery Crew

Darren Rowe
Darren is our resident country boy at the distillery. He oversees all our Wyoming-grown grains, which provide the building blocks for our bourbons.
Curtis Chopping
Curtis is the head cook, aka Production Manager, overseeing the distillery production, lab, and making sure that every drop of whiskey is perfect when it goes into the barrel.
Brendan Garcia
These guys are the muscle on the outfit. They fill all of our barrels with white whiskey.  Then move them, by hand, to the rick house. starting our spirit on its journey to becoming matured and well-adjusted Wyoming Whiskey.
David Evans
These guys are the muscle on the outfit. They fill all of our barrels with white whiskey.  Then move them, by hand, to the rick house. starting our spirit on its journey to becoming matured and well-adjusted Wyoming Whiskey.
Derek Sproveri
If the whiskey doesn’t get out of the barrel, into the bottle, and appropriately labeled, sealed, and shipped, it doesn’t make it into the glasses of our fans.  That’s where Derek comes in.  He also has one of the most talented palates around.
Raylee Maya
Resident Sass Master, don’t let her quiet exterior fool you, this girl is getting the job done.  She knows this place inside and out – she can give tours, cook, bottle, and has been known to huck a barrel or two.
Colin Young
The newest addition to the crew, Colin has an extensive background in the culinary arts – now he is cooking whiskey.  As the new guy, he also gets to do lots of other fun stuff.  It is all part of the training!
Bryan Hetzel
Our in-house mechanic, Brian keeps this place humming.  If it breaks down, he is the guy to call.   He is just as talented at rebuilding pumps as he is at jamming with his guitar.
Amanda Moeller
Amanda manages the Whiskey Shop. Amanda is the one that makes it happen in Kirby. She handles staffing, merchandising, advertising, and gives a mean tour.  Amanda is also the one to call for all your event planning at Wyoming Whiskey.
Char Bartlett
“Momma Char” is her well-worn nickname in Kirby. She’s been giving tours at our distillery since 2013, and has been earning raves ever since. If you’re in the Big Horn Basin and looking for a great tour, or a bit of down home advice, just ask for Momma Char.
Nancy Fraley
The Sniffer. If there’s a list of world’s best jobs, Nancy Fraley’s gig is surely on it. Her business card reads ‘Nosing Services,’ and she’s in high demand across the Craft Distilling world. Nancy consults with Wyoming Whiskey working to find the perfect mix of barrels for our Small Batch Bourbon and singularly intriguing barrels deemed worthy of our Single Barrel label.
With the barrels and batches determined, the bottling and shipping process begins. It’s the end-of-the-line for the Production Team, but just the start of the journey for Wyoming Whiskey.

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