Former Stranahan’s Whiskey Distiller Jumps To Wyoming Ranch Distillery

Brush Creek Distillery, located on a working cattle ranch in the North Platte River Valley of south-central Wyoming, recently appointed Philip Mundt as its new Head Distiller and Production Manager. Mundt will oversee all operations at the distillery as well as manage partnerships and collaborations with The Farm at Brush Creek.

With more than 10 years of experience in the industry, Mundt comes from Colorado where he served at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey first as a distiller followed by six years as Production Manager. During this time, he managed a staff of 10 distillers, brewers, engineers and supervisors. Prior to this, he served at Mother Earth Brewing in North Carolina, which is where he began learning about distilling, after traveling abroad and studying at universities in Switzerland and Scotland.

“We could not be more thrilled to welcome Philip to our team as Head Distiller,” Managing Director of Brush Creek Distillery Andrew Wason said in a prepared statement. “With knowledge of the entire distilling process along with a passion for building on tradition to create a product that is unique to its surroundings, we are confident that he will bring our program and our product to the next level.”

Philip Mundt

Philip Mundt is the new head distiller at Brush Creek (image via Brush Creek Distillery)

Mundt will lead all operations at the distillery including recipe development, mashing, brewing, distilling, barrel and cask operations, blending and packaging as well as education among his Distillery team and Ranch guests. Because of his background in brewing, he will also oversee all Brush Creek Brewery initiatives and cask-finished brewery collaborations in Wyoming and Colorado. He has plans to implement future programs in collaboration with local breweries, vineyards in Napa, and even doctoral students in Oregon, as well as introducing on-site single malt whiskey production.

“Joining the Brush Creek Distillery team as Head Distiller is the career moment I am most proud of,” Mundt said. “I am elated to work with this skilled team to introduce new programs and bring to market high-quality spirits found nowhere else.”