Gold medal-winning whiskey finds a new generation of distillers

Mark McLaughlin and Arch Watkins, former Naval Flight Officers with a lifelong love of whiskey met Bob Stilnovich, a founder of Golden Distillery while on a trip to Seattle. Bob, a fellow veteran, was ready to retire, so a deal was struck to pass on his recipes—and more importantly, his extensive whiskey-making knowledge.

Mark and Arch set off for Washington State, where they mastered the art of distilling under Bob’s guidance. With their apprenticeship complete, they acquired Golden, and with his blessing, moved the distillery to their hometown of Baltimore.

“We’re proud to be making great whiskey here with the same commitment to quality instilled by our mentor. When you have a chance, come by to a take a tour, learn the process, share some stories, and have a taste of some great whiskey.”

Cheers – Mark & Arch


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