Leanne, the former President and CEO of Southern Grace Distilleries, was a native of Concord, North Carolina, and loved all things Southern. The granddaughter of a bootlegger, she was a co-founder of Southern Grace and was the driving force behind the company until her passing in July, 2019. The good we make and the good we try to do stem from her passion and determination. Her favorite drink is most likely still a Mint Julep (no soda).
Thomas is from Wadesboro, North Carolina, and has been drinking and making whiskey cocktails for 30 years. He is a bourbon aficionado with experience in every aspect of the trade, from fermentation to bar management. His favorite drink is any great bourbon poured slowly over one perfect ice cube.
Sebastian is from Winston-Salem and is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he got a BS in Fermentation Science. He loves the science of making good liquor. His favorite drink is a well made Old Fashioned.
Marty is a native of MN and after years of volunteering at Southern Grace he moved south in 2018 to work full time. Prior to coming to Whiskey Prison Marty spent nearly 30 years working in the restaurant and automotive industries. Marty is the proud dad of Katie, Tim, Anna and Bleu the distillery dog. His favorite drink is a Conviction Old Fashioned.
Taylor spent four years serving our country in the Marine Corps, after which he obtained his Associates degree in Electrical Engineering. He loves that he now gets to produce US made whiskey and bourbon. He is the proud dad of Mia and Chewy the distillery dog. His favorite drink is a perfect glass of bourbon.
Emily is a native of Concord and when she isn’t welcoming visitors to Whiskey Prison she can be spotted in town driving her Wolfpack red 1973 International Harvester Scout. She is often found volunteering as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cabarrus Arts Council and working to support Concord Downtown Development and Residents of Historic Concord. She and her husband Ed are parents to Abbie, Maizie, Charlotte and Willow. Her favorite drink is a Conviction and water.
Justin has been in the liquor business for the past 14 years. He is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University and when he isn’t selling Conviction Small Batch Bourbon and Sun Dog you can find him working to restore old cars. His favorite drink is Conviction on the rocks.
Kelsey, originally from Cape Cod, has been pedaling the hooch for the past decade. When this Yankee turned Southern Belle isn’t spending time with her children, Addison and Juliet, she is sipping on her favorite cocktail, Sun Dog Pink Lemonade on the rocks.
Virginia is a native of Mt. Pleasant and is a senior at UNCC where she is studying marketing. She is an animal lover and can often be found volunteering for Princeton’s Meow rescuing cats. Any opportunity that presents itself she is at an Avett Brother’s Concert. She and her brother Marshall compete for biggest fan of the Avetts. Her favorite drink is anything that has Sun Dog Pink Lemonade in it.