Dan McKee follows Pamela Heilmann as Master Distiller of Michter's

A well-prepared change


Pamela Heilmann, Master Distiller of Michter’s, retires at her own request from a full-time job. The Michter's 10 Years Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which will be released on May 1, marks the last bottling under her direction. She will continue to work as a part-time consultant for Michter's.

For more than 10 years, the two distillers worked together: When Pamela Heilmann started working at Michter's, Dan McKee followed her from their former employer to Michter's. Dan McKee had moved from Kentucky to Indiana years ago to fulfill his dream of making whiskey and learned and gained experience in the distilleries of Jim Beam and Booker Noe.

Young employees are specifically trained and promoted

At Michter's Heilmann promoted her protégé McKee, being his mentor. In an actual press release she explains: "I've really enjoyed my time at Michter's, and I'm very proud of what we have done here. One of the favorite parts of my job has been coaching and training younger people as they come up in the industry. Dan is a brilliant distiller, and I am confident that with him and Matt Bell at the helm, our production is in great hands." Matt Bell, who worked as a manager of the distillery so far, will join MacKee as distiller to produce the Michter's Kentucky Whiskey. Before joining Michter's, he had worked at Town Branch and Wild Turkey.

Michter's is one of the top whiskey brands in the USA

Michter's is one of the renowned American traditional whiskey brands and besides Bourbon they produce rye whiskey, sour mash whiskey and American whiskey. Many awards have recently highlighted the brand's growing success: In 2019, The Whiskey Exchange named Michter’s Sour Mash Whiskey of the Year, being the first US whiskey to receive this award. Michter's operates the Shively Distillery in Louisville and the recently opened Fort Nelson Distillery.

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