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Head Distiller Needed

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Taconic Distillery (www.taconicdistillery.com) is a purveyor of fine spirits located in Stanfordville, New York in the scenic Hudson Valley.  Our bourbon and rye whiskies are distilled from grains grown in New York and we have been in operation since 2013.

Taconic is currently distributed in 12 states and has an on-site tasting room, expansive patio, fire pit and picnic area that are open on Saturdays year-round.  Our awards include San Francisco Spirits – Gold & Silver medals, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – Multiple 90 plus ratings, Maxim Magazine – Best Bourbon, Hudson Valley Magazine - Best New Bourbon, Culinary Institute of America – Official Bourbon of the annual Beefsteak event.

We are seeking an experienced distiller to run our recently installed Vendome continuous column still. We require an energetic and focused individual who is experienced in fermentation and distillation. This person will oversee a quality product through raw material sourcing all the way to bottling and packaging. A proven understanding of basic chemistry and the processes involved distilling; as well as a good set of basic computational skills are necessary. 

The ideal person has a history of success as a skilled distiller with the experience to deliver world-class spirits and the creativity to experiment with new ideas and products.  The ability to work independently and manage significant responsibility are essential.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform every aspect of production including, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, tasting, barreling, proofing, and bottling
  • Evaluate and monitor spirits produced and raw materials involved in distilling
  • Perform regular testing throughout fermentation and distilling process to determine necessary information in producing a quality product
  • Complete lab testing and quality control procedures focusing on continuous improvement
  • Control all ordering and materials inventory to produce and control cost of goods or COGS. Manage raw ingredients inventories, schedule deliveries, and forecast production needs
  • Supervise cleanliness and sanitation procedures for all distillery operations and equipment including compliance with CIP (Clean-In-Place) standards.
  • Provide oversight of all distillery personnel and operations.
  • Create and manage all record keeping in spreadsheets or any other required spirits programs suited for distillery.
  • Clean all tanks by rinsing after cooking or fermentation is complete.
  • Maintain record keeping related to all filings 
  • Perform all warehousing activities related to shipping and receiving, including fork lift operation, maintaining detailed records of inspections of incoming and outgoing goods

  • Ensure safety and cleanliness of all operations

  • Must be at least 21 years of age with clean, valid driver’s license


Physical responsibilities 

  • Must be able to stand for the duration of a shift as well as routinely lift up to 50 lbs and perform physically demanding tasks regularly 

  • Position requires use of hands to perform fine manipulation of glass and mechanical equipment 

  • Ability to identify inconsistencies in color, clarity, smell and taste

  • Safely handle mildly hazardous materials (primarily for cleaning) and responsibly operate complex machinery

Please send resume to info@taconicdistillery.com


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