Chris wants to live in a world where spirits and cocktails distilled and crafted in Maryland harken back to a time before prohibition; where choices were plenty and uniformity was frowned upon—and dogs were welcome at work.
Chris brings twenty years of project and people management experience to the Blackwater team and a decade of expertise related to state and federal statutes ranging from excise tax to formula and label approvals. Active in local political circles, Chris spearheaded statewide legislation in 2012 with the help of local state representatives whose aim was to open the business doors for all Maryland distilleries to onsite tours, tastings, and sales.
Responsible for overall business operations, Chris is committed to making Blackwater Distilling a destination location for all who cross the Bay Bridge.
The younger of the two founding brothers, Jon manages all things on the operations side. Hopefully one day Jon will send us the rest of his bio!
Lily's super power is the ability to bring people and organizations together in a way that bestows happiness and prosperity to all. She was the driving force behind two hugely successful business start-ups, and she now brings that entrepreneurial spirit and creative energy to craft distilling. She's been lauded by the State of Maryland, The Daily Record, the U.S. Small Business Administration, CEO Magazine, and many others. But even more satisfying, Lily says, is seeing a visitor's eyes light up at a tasting or a corporate partner saying, "Wow, that was fun."
Distiller and production manager
Andy's passion for all things alcohol has taken him from a small family winery in Napa Valley to the baijiu factories of China, of which he saw many during a 10,000-mile bicycle ride around the country from 2009 to 2010. In the distillery, Andy obsesses over the quality and consistency of our award-winning products and is always looking for ways to add a new twist to a classic spirit. On the side, Andy is an avid home brewer, cocktail shaker, and Chinese translator. When he's not staring intently at the still, you'll find Andy cycling around the Eastern Shore or checking a hike somewhere in the world off his bucket list.