Industry expert to lead development and production of current and future spirits
SEATTLE, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Glass Distillery, an artisan vodka distillery, is very pleased to announce the addition of Melaina Moustakis as Head Distiller.
In her new position, Melaina reports to founder and CEO Ian MacNeil and oversees the production of all of the ultra-premium vodkas - Glass Vodka™, Glass Kona™, Glass Nectar™, Glass Spice™, and Gridiron Vodka™ - in the Glass portfolio. In addition, she will also lead the team to develop new products for the premier brand.
From day one, Melaina hit the ground running on so many levels. From creating a Glass Vodka Special Edition Distiller's Cut Glass Vodka that will be released this spring, to winning a number of awards including the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Silver and Bronze Award for Glass Vodka products to the prestigious Individual Award for US Distilled from Grape Vodka of the Year Award from the Berlin International Spirits competition.
Melaina comes to Glass Distillery from E&J Gallo Winery where she learned her craft from the ground up and honed her skills. She oversaw the production of New Amsterdam Vodka and all of the flavored Gallo brandies. By incorporating the latest blending techniques using optimization concepts, Melaina launched and delivered to market product of the highest quality. Her degree in Enology came from California State University, Fresno, which is known worldwide for its excellent academic and research programs with a hands on approach to learning.
"The addition of Melaina is an exciting step forward for Glass," says Ian MacNeil. "We are so pleased to have someone of her caliber join us as we grow and expand our family of spirits. Her exceptional palate coupled with her diligence and expertise will drive us to continue to produce the most exceptional vodka in the market."
"I am thrilled to be joining Glass Distillery," says Melaina. "I look forward to combining my passion for developing great products with Ian's vision of producing distinct and inspired, Connoisseur-Class™ vodka. To join this team and be instrumental in the growth of this very unique brand is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
In addition to bringing on Melaina as the new head distiller, Glass Vodka is expanding their brand on a number of levels. With an extremely loyal and passionate core following plus being distributed in 10 states and in select cities in Mexico, Glass is poised to expand their reach considerably in 2016. New brand associates in all 10 markets are being secured and a plan for expansion into more states is the strategy for 2016.
About Glass Distillery
Glass Distillery, founded in 2011, is an artisan distillery based in Seattle, Washington dedicated to producing Connoisseur-Class™ vodkas using only the finest in Washington wine grapes. The distillery's premier spirit offering is Glass Vodka™, an elegantly crafted vodka made from wine grapes, gives this classic spirit a modern and personal distinction. These artisanal spirits are produced using a hand-made copper kettle and two double column stills imported from Germany. Glass Vodka, is 80 proof/40% ABV, and can be purchased at the distillery, in many retail outlets throughout the USA and found behind the bar at many of the finest cocktail establishments.
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