Thursday, January 25, 2024


The Kentucky based New Riff Distilling, has announced that its Head Distiller Brian Sprance has been promoted to the role of Master Distiller – the first in the distillery’s history.

Ahead of the distillery’s founding in 2014, Brian was recruited as Head Distiller by New Riff Founder, Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer Ken Lewis. He was primarily recruited because of his extensive expertise in fermentation, as a former brewer for the Boston Beer Company in Cincinnati.

Brian Sprance: New Riff Distilling Master Distiller

Upon joining New Riff, Brian was mentored by consulting master distiller and “godfather of rye whiskey” Larry Ebersold, an unrivalled authority in the world of distillation and American whiskey. Together with New Riff Co-Founder Jay Erisman, they launched the distillery and laid the foundation for the flavour profiles of its spirits and aging regimen.

Commenting on the news, Ken Lewis, said: “When I founded New Riff in 2014, my goal was, and still is, for our Northern Kentucky distillery to become one of the great small distilleries of the world. The person at New Riff leading that charge to make world-class whiskey to share with the world is our head distiller Brian Sprance. So it’s fitting as we approach our tenth anniversary, that we recognize Brian for his leadership role in moving us forward toward that aspirational goal and for sharing with us all such outstanding whiskey by conferring on him the well-earned title of master distiller.”

This latest news kicks off an eventful year for New Riff, that will include expansion into new states across the US, tenth anniversary celebrations and the release of older whiskey expressions.


Posted by Steve Rush