Luxco has named Ian Stirsman the first master distiller at Ross & Squibb Distillery, formerly MGP.
Effective immediately, Stirsman will serve as master distiller for all Ross & Squibb brands, including George Remus Bourbon and Rossville Union Rye Whiskey, as well as any future brands released under the Ross & Squibb name.
In his role, Stirsman is responsible for guiding the product development process for innovation and annual limited releases, hosting customers for barrel picks and distillery visits and building brand awareness for the distillery and its brands.
Since 2014, Stirsman has worked in a variety of roles in MGP’s distilling operations before earning his Master Distiller certification in 2019. Prior to joining MGP, he worked as a process engineer and shift manager for PH Glatfelter Co., a global manufacturer of engineered materials. He graduated in 2010 from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering with a minor in biological sciences.
“When we set out to name the inaugural head of Ross & Squibb operations, our hope was to find someone from within the MGP family — someone who possessed both the technical skills for the job and knowledge of the processes and traditions that made the George Remus and Rossville Union brands so great,” says David Bratcher, COO and president of branded spirits for MGP. “We’re excited for Ian, and we’re eager to see him lead as Ross & Squibb’s first Master Distiller.”