Get to know us

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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. This connection to history and tradition informs our founding values: we use local ingredients to create the bold flavors of our region for the people who take no shortcuts.

 

 
 
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The Team

We're a small team who love what we do.  

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Sandy wood,
co-founder & CEO
Hails from: Adelaide, Australia
resides in: washington, dc

  1. You just got home after a long day at the distillery - what's going in your glass? District Made Bourbon and Bonal - or any Untitled release neat please.

  2. Most rewarding part of your role at One Eight? Every day there are new challenges, new puzzles.

  3. Favorite spirit we don’t (yet) distill? Whiskey barrel aged Amaro

  4. Any furry friends at home? Cats Mochi & Brownie, and Boomer the rescue pup.

  5. Where have you taken up a resident bar stool? With 3 kids I'm not allowed to have a resident bar stool other than my couch after the kids go to bed.

  6. Free time is precious! What are you doing with it? HPDE - high performance driving events (NOT high density polyethylene!)

  7. If Prohibition rose again, what alternative career would you choose? Back to being a lawyer - in order to overturn Prohibition!

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ALEX LAUFER,
CO-FOUNDER & HEAD DISTILLER
Hails from: newton, MA
resides in: silver spring, md

  1. You just got home after a long day at the distillery - what's going in your glass? As I settle in to start dinner, I often enjoy a classic cocktail, such as District Made Rye Old Fashioned (with Angostura & Orange bitters), a Barrel-Rested Ivy City Gin Negroni or a 2:1 Ivy City Gin and Dolin Blanc Martini with a lemon twist.

  2. Most rewarding part of your role at One Eight? I love all aspects of production from Grain to Glass, but my faves are filling barrels to begin their long maturation process and our collaborations with other great makers.

  3. Favorite spirit we don’t (yet) distill? Genever

  4. Any furry friends at home? Not currently, but Grumples the cat hung with me for years back in my San Francisco days.

  5. Where have you taken up a resident bar stool? When I can: Service Bar, Quarry House & Atlas Brew Works.

  6. Free time is precious! What are you doing with it? (Wishing I was) surfing

  7. If Prohibition rose again, what alternative career would you choose? Teacher or move to Canada & distill again!

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stephen corrigan,
distiller & Head blender
Hails from: New Hope, Pennsylvania
resides in: alexandria, va

  1. You just got home after a long day at the distillery - what's going in your glass? District Made Rye and Braulio

  2. Most rewarding part of your role at One Eight? Being involved in every stage of the production of our spirits from talking to farmers about our grains to crafting the raw spirits to carefully aging and blending our finished product.

  3. Favorite spirit we don’t (yet) distill? Armagnac

  4. Any furry friends at home? Henry the hound-dog

  5. Where have you taken up a resident bar stool? Irongate

  6. Free time is precious! What are you doing with it? Gardening

  7. If Prohibition rose again, what alternative career would you choose? Bootlegger or back to farming

 
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John Carrabus,
Director of sales - ne
Hails from: florida
resides in: annapolis, md

  1. You just got home after a long day at the distillery - what's going in your glass? My favorite cocktail, 'Rye-Whiskey-in-a-glass' or a bone dry Provençal Rosé.

  2. Most rewarding part of your role at One Eight? Working closely with our amazing distribution partners and accounts to ensure continued growth of the One Eight Portfolio. (Tasting whiskey is a nice perk too...)

  3. Favorite spirit we don’t (yet) distill? V.E.P. Green Chartreuse.

  4. Any furry friends at home? Willa the tri-paw'd foxhound.

  5. Where have you taken up a resident bar stool? Free State if I'm in DC, Sailor Oyster Bar if I'm in Annapolis.

  6. Free time is precious! What are you doing with it? Cooking, fishing, trying new restaurants, kayaking

  7. If Prohibition rose again, what alternative career would you choose? Rum-Runner

 
 
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Cara Webster,
Events & Marketing
Hails from: st. louis, mo
resides in: baltimore, md

  1. You just got home after a long day at the distillery - what's going in your glass? An Old Pal with District Made Rye - equal parts, fool proof and the perfect start to an evening.

  2. Most rewarding part of your role at One Eight? Cocktail taste-testing and discovering what excites our customers in the world of spirits to create meaningful experiences.

  3. Favorite spirit we don’t (yet) distill? Calvados

  4. Any furry friends at home? Not at the moment! I’ll use this line to assert my love for both dogs and cats equally.

  5. Where have you taken up a resident bar stool? As the resident Baltimorean: Verde, Max’s Taphouse, Dylan’s Oyster Cellar

  6. Free time is precious! What are you doing with it? Going to punk shows and obsessing over what to cook for dinner.

  7. If Prohibition rose again, what alternative career would you choose? Opening up a Prohibition pit with a new music venue and running the warning lights at the Owl Bar!


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Colt Mattimoe,
Sales representative - D.C.
Hails from: ohio
resides in: annapolis, md

  1. You just got home after a long day at the distillery - what's going in your glass? District Made Rye and Smith and Cross Jamaican pot still rum.

  2. Most rewarding part of your role at One Eight? Meeting new and exciting people from around the city and getting to know DC better.

  3. Favorite spirit we don’t (yet) distill?

  4. Any furry friends at home? Kaiser the rescue doberman and Pythia the cat

  5. Where have you taken up a resident bar stool? Left door

  6. Free time is precious! What are you doing with it? Cooking, climbing, and camping

  7. If Prohibition rose again, what alternative career would you choose? Bootlegger

 
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