nearly five years ago i said yes to perhaps the craziest idea to date: launch a micro distillery on the eastern shore of maryland and become the first in over 40 years to distill rums & whiskeys in the free state. with no money, no plan, and nothing more than a desire to create something unique, i followed my business partner’s dream and we began distilling rum in tiny batches, from louisiana sugar cane & molasses. just a few weeks after we opened, we mashed our first batch of true maryland rye whiskey, and then the press started rolling in, followed by more customers than we ever imagined. it’s been a boozy whirlwind, and i’m still catching my breath.
now in our 4th year, Lyon Distilling Company is a delightful little booze factory built from the ground up, where we make rum & whiskey from scratch, all day, every day. our team has grown from 2 to 10, and we have an array of rums, whiskeys & liqueurs. you can come visit us anytime – we are open every day, and i live across the street in the charming town of saint michaels. i’m also the president of the Maryland Distillers Guild and a town commissioner. my new mission: getting people to drink more rum & promoting american-made spirits through education & legislation.
read all about what we are doing here.
my photography is now mostly tiki-inspired instagram snap shots of my booze factory, funky cocktails i drink, & eastern shore scapes, as seen from the seat of my bianchi. you can follow me here.