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Ben Lyon

Lyon Distilling Co.
Distiller // Co-Owner // Plumber-in-Chief
St. Michaels, MD
Ben is the co-owner and distiller at the Lyon Distilling Company, and in December of 2014, proudly released the first batch of rye whiskey distilled in Maryland in over 40 years.

In addition to reviving Maryland's illustrious history in rye, Ben also makes a signature line of rums and a corn whiskey which is, as he would put it, "not for sissies".

His story in all things booze began at the age of 18, when his godmother taught him how to make the perfect Manhattan. In college he started brewing his own beer. It was after a post-graduation stint at a small New England distillery that he realized exactly what he needed to do. Fast forward 8 years to when Ben left his "real job" in Manhattan, and the Lyon Distilling Company was founded in Saint Michaels, Maryland - a lovely spot on the Chesapeake Bay best described as "a drinking town with a sailing problem".

Fun facts: Ben likes polished copper, strong drinks, hard work, and sailboats. For bonus points, ask him about his vintage truck, "The Whomper".