DAVE PICKERELL
Senior Engineer and Master Distiller

Dave's career in the liquor industry stems from his education and training as a chemist and as a chemical engineer and consultant in the industry. His career started in the military, serving for 11 years as a cavalry officer with logistics, training, and parachutist specialties. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Chemistry. He later received his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville.

Dave is well known among Kentucky distillers for his breadth of knowledge in the production of bourbon. In addition to serving as a past chair and director for the Kentucky Distillers Association, he served as the chair of its technical committee. He has also served on the technical committee of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Dave has provided engineering consultation for beverage alcohol facilities around the world including Russia, Scotland, China, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Canada. In the US, he has also designed equipment and systems for many of the bourbon and Tennessee Whisky distilleries.

Dave spent more than 14 years overseeing the handmade production of Maker's Mark bourbon in Loretto, Kentucky, from 1994 to 2008. He was involved in ensuring that the quality standards in their 19-barrel batches were upheld in everything from the selection of the grains, to choosing the white oak barrels, and the final bourbon tasting.

Most recently, Dave has again been providing consulting services to the craft beverage alcohol industry through his company, Oak View Spirits. He has been involved in everything from new brand investigation to operator training and facility design and optimization. Among his favorite assignments, he serves as the Master Distiller for George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon, where he oversees the commercial production of George Washington’s Rye Whiskey, including the first batch made since 1814.

He has designed equipment, systems and processes for about 100 distilleries worldwide.

dave@oakviewspirits.com  |  502.418.7253