We've Got Spirits, Yes We Do: 5 Woman-Owned Liquor Brands

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Dave Lieberman
October is National Women in Business Month, and while we are all about stories of women who have smashed straight through the glass ceiling and are occupying corner offices ("she is touring the facility and picking up slack," as Cake said), we like it even better when they run liquor companies.

Distilling is one of those businesses that seems just to be male-dominated. You hear about male master distillers like Lincoln Henderson (RIP) and Guillermo Erickson Sauza, but what about the women making sure civilized society isn't thirsty? We always like to support woman-owned businesses, especially when their products are so freaking tasty, and so here are just five of the females in the distilling business.

1. ≈, Cecilia Murrieta

Cecilia Murrieta Ríos may live in Mexico City, but that doesn't stop her from traipsing up and down the hills of Oaxaca, ensuring that the family palenques from whom she gets her mezcales are running smoothly. While mezcal has a reputation of being a cantina (read: lower-class) drink, the new generation of mezcales are as fine as any spirit. Murrieta has already started importing her Espadín to the United States, and is about to start distributing a gentler Primario, a rare Madrecuixe, and a very, very limited release of mezcal de pechuga. We can't wait.

2. Tequila Hacienda de la Flor, Marcela Valladolid

Tequila Hacienda de la Flor
You know Marcela Valladolid from the Food Network, where she teaches people how to make family-style Mexican food on Mexican Made Easy, but you might not know that she's a fierce Tijuana promoter and a tequila brand owner. Tequila Hacienda de la Flor is her highlands tequila brand, made in Arandas, Jalisco. The liquor, which is USDA certified organic, sneaks up on you, beguiling you with a very fruit-forward agave flavor followed by an intense liquor burn; the idea for the label came from the barrels of unlabeled tequila her father would have at their house for any celebration.

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Sadly, this article omits the pioneering US based women spirits brands founders and creators: 

Allison Evanow of Square One Organic Vodka

Lizzie and Melanie Asher of Macchu Pisco

Helen Hoskin of Montanya Rum

... and myself, Kiki Braverman of pur spirits


Sad to see that the ladies of pür spirits, Square One Organic Spirits, and Macchu Pisco are missing from this list. They're all doing amazing things! 

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