The Team & The Mission

Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven MO, launched in 2010 by three long time friends who shared a common interest in brewing beer and drinking strong spirits.

After a year of research and six months securing federal and state licenses, the first bottle of Pinckney Bend Gin was sold on Nov. 21, 2011.

Our goal remains simple

To produce premium quality, hand-crafted spirits worthy of their heritage, one small batch at a time. star_ornament

Read the Pinckney Bend Story
Jerry Meyer

Jerry Meyer

CEO

Jerry graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the United States Air Force where he gained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He flew for several commercial airlines before retiring. As a founding partner, Jerry is now our CEO and President. He is always eager to lend his pallet in helping to develop new flavor profiles.

Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Master Distiller

After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Columbia College, Tom continued his education in biochemistry and molecular biology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Tom long held a passion for home-brewing, which lead to his eventual distilling of spirits. As partner and Master Distiller, he has developed the flavor profiles for all our award-winning spirits.

Ralph Haynes

Ralph Haynes

Sales and Marketing

Ralph Haynes owned and operated a creative services agency for 30 years. He holds a BA in History from Blackburn College and a MA in Communications from Govenors State University, both in Illinois. He has served in the US Peace Corps in Liberia and West Africa where he continues to partner with local entrepreneurs in developing a variety of small businesses. Ralph has long held a passion for quality spirits.

Tara Steffens

Tara Steffens

National Accounts Manager

Tara is an ’03 graduate from University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism school. She has extensive experience in digital marketing and visual communication, as well as event planning, public relations and accounting. She has worked for several international businesses and developed national ad campaigns. In addition, she has over 15 years bartending experience. In 2014, she won the Washington Chamber’s Outstanding Young Professional Award.

tara@pinckneybend.com

Don Bolte

Don Bolte

Distillery Foreman

Don handles much of the day to day distilling, blending, bottling and barrel house maintenance. He also has an extraordinarily good whiskey palette. Don owned and operated his own construction business for over 30 years and has done most of the remodeling and modifications for Pinckney Bend.

Keith Meyer

Keith Meyer

Distiller/Compliance Director

Upon finishing his degree at the University of Central Missouri, Keith worked in radio before discovering his passion for spirits. As a long-time bartender, he has developed his palette and is learning the craft from our Master Distiller and is involved in developing new flavors and day-to-day distilling.

Michael Meyers

Michael Meyers

Senior Sales Representative

Michael graduated Cum Laude from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has worked in the service industry and customer service field for over 13 years. He has developed wine lists and cocktail menus for numerous restaurants and events. A lover of history and nuances of the wine and spirit world. An adventurous traveler, he enjoys trying new food, wines, and cocktails.

michael@pinckneybend.com

Catlyn Miller

Catlyn Miller

Distillery Operations

Catlyn studied Automotive Technology as Linn State Tech before spending years in the service industry. He has a passion for spirits and is a home brew hobbyist. He has been a bartender for over 6 years and enjoys finding new spirits and brews.

Nolan Hayes

Nolan Hayes

Tasting Room Manager

Born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Nolan loves his newly found home near New Haven, Missouri. “The amount of character in New Haven encourages me to help cultivate the community’s already well rooted understanding of fun-love, friendship and hospitality.”
Nolan’s background in Communication Studies and Theatre from South Dakota State University serves him the confidence it takes when passionately pursuing a seemingly growing list of endeavors for the New Haven community and Pinckney Bend Distillery.

nolan@pinckneybend.com

Whiskey bottles, ready to label

THE HISTORIC NATURE OF OUR TOWN, along with the Missouri River’s proximity to our distillery’s front door, made it clear that we had a mission larger than just making and selling whiskey.

We celebrate the history and traditions of the distiller’s art as it evolved in the Missouri River Valley, infused with a spirit of innovation.

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