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MGP’s Ross & Squibb Distillery Names First Master Distiller

Luxco, acquired by MGP last year, has named Ian Stirsman as the first master distiller at Ross & Squibb Distillery, effective immediately.

In this role, Stirsman will serve as master distiller for all Ross & Squibb brands, including George Remus Bourbon and Rossville Union Rye Whiskey, as well as any future brands released under the Ross & Squibb name. 

Stirsman will be responsible for guiding the product development process for new innovation and annual limited releases, holding customers for barrel picks and distillery visits and building brand awareness of the distillery and its brands. 

Ian Stirsman
Ian Stirsman is the first master distiller at Ross & Squibb Distillery (image via Luxco)

He will also serve as a resource in support of operations at MGP’s historic Lawrenceburg, Indiana-based distillery. 

Stirsman has worked in a variety of roles in MGP’s distilling operations since 2014. Before that, he worked as a process engineer and shift manager for PH Glatfelter Co., a global manufacturer of engineered materials. He graduated in 2010 from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering with a minor in biological sciences.

“When we set out to name the inaugural head of Ross & Squibb operations, our hope was to find someone from within the MGP family – someone who possessed both the technical skills for the job and knowledge of the processes and traditions that made the George Remus and Rossville Union brands so great,” said David Bratcher, COO and president of branded spirits for MGP, in a prepared statement. “We’re excited for Ian, and we’re eager to see him lead as Ross & Squibb’s first Master Distiller.”

Luxco announced the renaming of the Lawrenceburg home of its branded spirits to the Ross & Squibb Distillery as it joined the Luxco family of brands. 

Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.

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