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Leonard Firestone


I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and out of college was an advance man for President George H. W. Bush – a distinct and memorable honor. I then had an incredible internship with the PGA Tour until I landed an exciting job in Washington, D.C. with a company that operates local television stations around the country. It was a privilege to work with this first-class company for about ten years, and in my last few years there I enjoyed launching a station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Managing that station really gave me the entrepreneurial bug. Being single and pretty young, it seemed like a good time to make a run of it. My two brothers were also thinking about new careers, so we decided to start a company together. We spent a few crazy years in New York City, preparing to launch our cable television network, when we learned about a deal in Fort Worth that would help jump-start our distribution efforts. I had no idea what to expect when I moved here in 2002, but I immediately fell in love with the city and the people here. And, most importantly, I met and fell in love with my wife.

It was while my brothers and I were building our new business that a friend introduced me to a new vodka brand from Colorado. I found the product unique and incredibly good, and was astonished to discover it was handcrafted by a local distiller. Intrigued, I began investigating the craft distilling industry – and felt like I’d found my calling. By the time my brothers and I sold our company in 2007, my interest in handcrafted spirits had jumped from curiosity to obsession.

Since then, Troy and I have worked hard to get our distillery up and running. We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to create quality, handcrafted spirits for you. We look forward to seeing you at the distillery soon.

Leonard Firestone

Distiller & Proprietor

Leonard Quote

My dad owns and operates a multi-award winning “culinary tavern” in Maryland, and I have fond childhood memories of harvesting grapes at my uncle’s California vineyard, so I suppose I was destined to become involved in the food and beverage business. It just took me awhile to realize it