Wednesday, June 05, 2019


Blackened American Whiskey, which is bottled by Sweet Amber Distilling and co-created by rock band Metallica, has announced the appointment of Rob Dietrich as their new Master Distiller.

Rob will now build upon the foundation set by his predecessor, brand co-founder and WhistlePig Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, who passed away last autumn.

Blackened Whiskey appoints Rob Dietrich as its new Master Distiller

Rob, will oversee the sourcing, blending and cask finishing of barrels for each batch of Blackened Whiskey, and will continue to honour Dave's spirit while bringing his own talents and skills to the role.

Rob initially learned the art and science of distilling from expert distiller Jess Graber at Strathans Colorado Whiskey, and has earned his distilling stripes throughout more than 12 years in the industry.

In addition to an extensive distilling background, Rob spent a decade in the music business honing his passion with Bill Graham Presents, as a freelance agent for a variety of venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and The Fillmore in San Francisco, as well as managing tours and festivals.

Commenting on the news, the brand said: “Dave will forever be a member of our family and we miss him tremendously. As we have gotten to know Rob more closely, his values, knowledge, and love for what he does are also apparent, and he shares great respect for craftsmanship that we have for Blackened and our music. We’re thrilled that he’s joined the party!”

The brand launched their first Blackened expression in August 2018; a bourbon, rye and American whiskey blend.

Posted by Steve Rush