Colorado Springs-based Distillery 291 is excited to announce Hannah Thomas, Colorado native and hospitality professional, as VP of wholesale sales and marketing, effective immediately. Thomas’ background includes leading-edge industry experience with Breakthru Beverage, where she represented the Diageo and Moet Hennessy portfolios, as well extensive experience in the restaurant industry, managing alongside James Beard Award-winning chefs.
“Distillery 291’s motto, Hardmade the Colorado Way, truly resonates with me,” said Thomas. “It represents my journey as a woman in whiskey and what I had to do to get here. I am thrilled about the opportunity that we have at 291, as we expand into new channels and new markets — in the U.S. and internationally. I can’t wait to bring 291 Colorado Whiskey to new friends and old friends throughout the industry, by doing what I love to do – sharing whiskey with anybody who will have a drink with me!”
While working on the distribution side and earning her WSET Level II designation, Thomas took note of the small but emerging representation of women in the whiskey industry. She has since committed herself to enhancing the visibility of women in all aspects of the spirits business.
“We’re honored to have Hannah on our growing team,” said Michael Myers, 291’s founding distiller and CEO. “She came to us as a friend while seeking industry advice towards the end of 2020. We realized she was the missing piece and we believe she will help propel both our brand and Colorado whiskey as a category. We’re firing on all cylinders now.”
For more information on 291 Colorado Whiskey or to purchase products online for shipping to select states, visit www.distillery291.com or 291’s new production facility at 4242 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907.