Discover 10 Black-founded distilleries

13th October, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Painted Stave Distilling

Founded by Ron Gomes and Michael Rasmussen in 2011, Painted Stave Distilling opened to the public on 8 November 2013 on the site of a former single-screen cinema in Delaware. The duo spent two years developing the distillery while maintaining their jobs. Gomes was an assistant professor of orthopaedics at a university, while Rasmussen ran a non-profit organisation.

In 2018, Painted Stave Distilling added a barrel house to create more space for ageing whiskey, and a garden for visitors to enjoy cocktails.

The site produces a range of vodka, gin, rye whiskey and Bourbon. The products are currently available to buy in Delaware, Maryland, California, Illinois and New York and will soon be available in Massachusetts, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin.

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