America has no shortage of distilleries - there are over 900 registered now - but a big lack of people who know how to operate them. In a blog post for Whisky Advocate Magazine, I wrote about the shortage of experienced distillers in America.
Sure, everyone likes the process of running a still and fine-tuning the juice, but who are you going to get to install the equipment and tell you when you've bought a bad barrel? That's where consultant distillers come in.
In this story we hear from Maggie Campbell of Privateer Rum, former Tuthilltown distiller Joel Elder who has gone independent, and distiller-to-the-stars Dave Pickerell.