One Eight Distilling is named for Article One Section Eight of the Constitution, which among other things provided for the establishment of a district to serve as the nation’s capital. Our passion to build a distillery came from a desire to produce the finest spirits from grain to glass all within Washington, DC. We seek to continually make connections between people and our spirits, to use locally sourced ingredients, and to pay our respects to the time-honored traditions of distilling while bringing innovation and love to every bottle we fill.
SANDY WOOD, Co-FOUNDER & CEO
Alexander (Sandy) Wood worked for more than a dozen years as an attorney in the District before finding his true calling when he learned about the emerging craft distilling industry. Sandy has an abiding love of great whiskeys and good cocktails and a deep respect for the value of creating a company that contributes to the community. Sandy lives in DC with his wife Danielle and his three children, Ella, Zoe and Auden.
ALEX LAUFER, CO-FOUNDER & HEAD DISTILLER
Alex Laufer worked in biotechnology for seventeen years, moving from San Francisco to New York to the DC area. A lifelong passion for good food led him to create Eatological, a catering company focusing on local ingredients. Alex’s background in production research, lab management and cooking were the genesis of his interest in distilling. Alex lives in Silver Spring with his wife Jen and his two sons, Jonas and Abe.
MAX HAMES, ASSISTANT DISTILLER
Max Hames began his career as a commercial fisherman, catching wild sockeye salmon in Alaska. He has held a number of jobs while the fish weren’t running, including teaching after school classes in Portland, Oregon, and working on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii. Eventually, he made his way to New York City where he co-founded Industry City Distillery and discovered his love of distilling. Max is excited to bring his experience producing quality goods to One Eight Distilling.
STEPHEN CORRIGAN, ASSISTANT DISTILLER
Stephen Corrigan comes to One Eight Distilling after several years spent in organic farming, viticulture and winemaking throughout the Northeast US and Europe. He has a passion for creating remarkable food and drink starting with high quality, simple ingredients, especially those with a great story. He’s excited to join the team at One Eight and to have a hand in turning the products of our region’s rich agricultural tradition into a collection of world-class spirits.
John carrabus, mid-atlantic sales manager
John Carrabus came to the DC area in 2011 and quickly immersed himself in the District's restaurant and bar scene. After spending time as a server, bartender, and bar manager, he moved into sales and marketing for a large import beer company but always retained his deep appreciation for well-made spirits, great food, and innovative cocktails. John is thrilled to be spreading the good word about One Eight's beautiful locally crafted spirits throughout the region.
ALEKA ROSS, MARKETING & EVENTS manager
Aleka Ross has a background in hospitality management, experiential marketing and event planning/curation. She worked at TEAM Enterprises with the Bacardi portfolio for 5 years planing cocktail competitions, promtotional campaigns and large scale events in DC and across the country. Growing up in Columbia, Maryland, local roots and business are always very close to her heart, so when the chance to work for One Eight came along, there was no way she could say no. Make sure to swing by our events page to see where you can catch her and the One Eight team!