Lisa Wicker is first CEO of Lyons Brewing & DistillingBy Melita Kiely
Lyons Brewing & Distilling Co, which operates distilleries in the US and Ireland, has appointed Lisa Wicker as its first CEO.
Lyons Brewing & Distilling Co owns Kentucky-based Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co, and Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery. It also owns the Pearse Lyons Distillery, and Pearse Lyons Brewery in Ireland.
Dr Mark Lyons, president of Lyons Brewing & Distilling Co, said: “We were looking for a leader who shares our team-focused values, commitment to excellence and passion for brewing and distilling.
“We were delighted to find those qualities in Lisa Wicker. When Lisa and I met, one of the elements that stood our most to me was her background as a scientist and journalist.
“As we appoint our first-ever CEO for Lyons Brewing & Distilling Co, it seems fitting that we found someone who, like my father did, has a deep enthusiasm for and expertise in the craft – both the science and the storytelling.”
Wicker formerly worked as president and master distiller at Widow Jane Distillery, a whiskey brand in New York.
Her career spans 20 years, during which she has worked in winemaking, whiskey production, product development and fermentation management.
Previous distilleries on her CV include Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky, Starlight Distillery in Starlight, Indiana, and Preservation Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Wicker commented: “I am delighted to return to Bourbon country and have the opportunity to be part of the next phase of growth for Lyons Brewing & Distilling Co.
“The Lyons family’s story is unique in the brewing and distilling space, and the passion that the team has for their brand and their brewing and distilling processes is authentic. They have all of the elements to generate even greater success in the future, and I am looking forward to this next phase of growth alongside them.”
Wicker began her new role in November 2022. She is based at the company’s Lexington & Distilling Co in Lexington, Kentucky.
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