Getting To Know

Timo Marshall

My role at the distillery is…

Operations. My wife Ashby is our Head Distiller, while I oversee sales, marketing, and the business and admin side. We’re a pretty small team so basically I’ll go wherever I’m needed but LOVE to help out in production when they let me!

My favorite thing about the distillery…

Aside from the delicious products we get to produce, my favorite part is our team. We’re a small team with eight team members. The success we’ve had thus far is because of everyone on our team. It’s like a small family, we all wear many hats and we’re all working very hard to bring great spirits to consumers

When I’m not drinking Spirit Works, I’m drinking…

I’ll usually enjoy something from St. George Spirits. I also occasionally will have a beer at the end of the day from our friends over at Woodfour

The story behind the Bandit Statue…

Sebastopol artist Patrick Amiot came to us and said he wanted to do a piece for us. Ashby and I met as sailors; we worked on environmental research vessels and traveled all over the world so we discussed doing a ship in a Spirit Works bottle. Six months later, we got a statue depicting our Boston Terrier, Bandit, on a surf board. We absolutely love it

3 questions I wish I could ask Bandit…

  1. How she actually feels about surfing (considering the statue out front)
  2. If she consider sharing her private space heater with me
  3. What she thinks it takes to be a good spirit animal

My favorite food pairing with gin…

Game meats or duck. It’s also delicious over vanilla ice cream

My Still’s name is…

That depends on who you ask. Ashby would like to name the still Absolem, which is the name of the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. Our Production Manager/Distiller Lauren Patz, would like to name the still Falkor, the luck dragon from The Neverending Story. The debate continues…

If I weren’t a Distiller, I’d be…

Not sure, but definitely something equally as awesome and adventurous

Working with my spouse is…

Amazing! Ashby and I are not strangers to working together especially in unusual circumstances. We were sailors together traveling all over the world and now we own a distillery. They’re very different experiences but we fell into our roles naturally at the distillery. With Ashby’s palate, it was clear she would be our head distiller while I am very much into systems and processes so the business side makes a lot of sense for me. We balance one another out really well

 

Our your most popular spirit right now is...

It’s hard to say really. We just released our Straight Wheat Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey about 6 months ago so the response to those has been phenomenal so far, although our Sloe Gin keeps surprising people

A spirit I’d love to try making…

Bourbon! So we’ve started a bourbon program and those are currently aging


The best cocktail I’ve ever had…

Was a Millionaire Cocktail made with our very first bottle of Sloe Gin. It’s made using sloe gin, apricot brandy, rum, lime juice, and a dash of grenadine

When I first saw my products on a retail shelf, I …

Felt honored and still get so excited every time. That feeling doesn’t go away and we don’t take it for granted. What we do is a labor of love and we couldn’t be happier than when we see the fruits of that labor being enjoyed out in the world

 

In the distillery, you can hear…

That entirely depends on Lauren who is typically the first to arrive in the morning. She bases the decision of the radio station on a couple of factors including her mood, the weather, and what she has on the production schedule for that morning. Really it could be anything from Portishead to Drake to Britney Spears. But there is always music, and it is usually loud

One item on my bucket list…

Spend a week in the Galapagos Islands Done this year!