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Heaven Hill Distillery. Bardstown, KY © 2018
Think Wisely. Drink Wisely. ®

Get to Know the People Behind the Bourbon

Together, Denny Potter and Jodie Filiatreau have over half a century's worth of whiskey-making experience. They taste and select only the finest barrels to make our whiskey. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

Danny Potter

Denny Potter, Master Distiller

Denny oversees the distilling, aging and selecting of our world-renowned portfolio of American Whiskeys. Denny has spent over 14 years in distillery operations, and now has the enviable position of ensuring that the Bourbon produced at Heaven Hill possesses the same high quality and consistent taste consumers have come to expect. Sit back, relax, and soak up some of his knowledge.

Jodie Filiatreau

Jodie Filiatreau, Artisanal Distiller

Jodie began his career with Heaven Hill in 1981. During his 36-year tenure with the company, he has garnered extensive experience in distillery and barrel aging operations. Jodie runs our Artisanal Distillery at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row, an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Stop by for a tour; Jodie would love to show you around.

Charlie Down


Charlie's Bourbon-making experience at Heaven Hill Distillery goes back 39 years. During his tenure, he worked alongside legendary Master Distillers like Earl & Parker Beam. Not to mention three generations of the Shapira family. From 2013 until his retirement in October 2017, Charlie capped his storied career as Artisanal Distiller at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.

The Distillation Process

Heaven Hill Distillery Master Distillers have been perfecting the craft of distilling, aging, and selecting award-winning whiskeys for decades. See how it's done.

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Discover Our American Whiskey


You've heard of Evan, Elijah, and Larceny. Now discover our entire American whiskey portfolio.