A Sip of Knowledge with Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, Owner of KOVAL Distillery (A Spirited Conversation)

Editor’s Note: The Whiskey Wash welcomes A Spirited Conversation as a new content partner. In it  a trio of drink industry veterans (all contributors to the site at one point or another) have weekly conversation on whiskey, spirits, distilling, marketing and the current state of the drink industry.

Topic: A Sip of Knowledge with Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart

Hosts: Liz Rhoades, Lew Bryson, & Martin Duffy

What You’ll Learn: Join a trio of drink industry veterans in weekly conversation on whiskey, spirits, distilling, marketing and the current state of the drink industry. This week, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, owner of KOVAL Distillery, joins the group.

About Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart:

Prior to opening KOVAL Distillery, one of the largest independent and woman-owned craft distilleries in the US, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart spent over a decade as a full professor in both the United States and Germany. In 2008, she gave up tenure in hopes of a different quality of life; one that would afford an opportunity for her to work with her husband, give up commuting, and return to the city she loved: Chicago.

As owner and president of KOVAL, she has spearheaded product development, distribution, and marketing, turning her family business into an international presence with availability in over 55 export markets. In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, she led KOVAL’s transition into producing much-needed hand sanitizer for those on the front lines, including medical organizations, first responders, and community non-profits. Sonat is also involved in a number of philanthropic organizations, was named Illinois Business Person of the Year by the National Small Business Association, is a federally appointed member of the Illinois Export Council, and has been inducted into the Disciples d’Escoffier.

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About the Hosts: 

  • Lew Bryson, former managing editor for Whisky Advocate Magazine for 20 years, whiskey author, beer/whiskey writer and presenter.