Craft Spirits Podcast: Thomas Mooney of Westward Whiskey

This episode of The Craft Spirits Podcast is part of a special series of conversations with some of the founding members and first board members of the American Craft Spirits Association, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Our guest is Thomas Mooney, ACSA’s inaugural president, and a founder and CEO of Portland, Oregon-based Westward Whiskey. Tom has led the company through an extended period of growth, expansion and transition, previously as House Spirits Distillery—which was a founding member of ACSA—and more recently as Westward Whiskey. Under his leadership, the company transformed its original flagship product, Aviation American Gin, from a beloved regional brand into a leading American craft gin before selling it to Davos Brands in 2016.

In this episode, Tom discusses his path to becoming ACSA’s first president, as well as the past, present and future of Westward Whiskey.

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