OUR PHILOSOPHY

 

At District Distilling Co., we’re dedicated to more than great spirits. We’re passionate about the process: using the finest grains and wildcrafted junipers, applying time-tested techniques and serving up ingredient-focused dishes. We set out to create a space where you can try something new, test your palette, or unwind after a long day. Whatever brings you here, we’re proud to point you towards the things you like and help create an experience you’ll love.

 
 

 

MEET THE MAKERS

District Distilling Co. was founded in 2012 by a group of siblings and spouses, and is  dedicated to making high quality spirits fun and approachable for both seasoned and novice spirits drinkers alike. Every part of the distilling process is intentional and authentic. Our team is passionate about curating goods of exceptional quality with close attention to ingredients and process.

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Matthew Strickland

Head Distiller

Head Distiller Matthew Strickland has extensive brewing, distilling and winemaking experience. Matt joined District Distilling Co. from Corsair Distillery where he led the research and development program. He holds an MS in Food Science and Technology (fermentation science) from Oregon State University.  Matt is a faculty member of the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, where he’s taught classes on whiskey design since 2014. 

He is regularly a judge on panels for the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) awards, and he is the only U.S. member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s Board of Examiners for distilling.   

 
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Molly Cummings

Wild Forager + Co-Owner

Molly Cummings is a Biology Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the sibling co-owners of District Distilling Company.  She brings her field and biological expertise to the craft of foraging all of the unique junipers featured in District Distilling Company’s award-winning gins. 

On any given weekend during the fall harvest season (August to November), you can find Molly travelling to the West Texas Mountains to collect the junipers in their prime. She then vacuum seals in their natural goodness before sending them off to Matt who transforms these natural gems into exceptional gin.  She enjoys the hunt for her favorite trees including the Checkerbark juniper featured in Checkerbark and Barrel Rested Checkerbark and Red Berry Juniper found in WildJune; and is already scouting out new species of junipers to feature in future DDCo gins.