The Freedom Whiskey Co. Story
On a summer day in Helmand Province, Afghanistan (2011), Freedom Whiskey Co. was born. The Marines of Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines engaged enemy forces with a barrage of artillery shells. Marines moved tirelessly to reload cannons as steel rain poured down over the mountain tops. Through the booming of the howitzers, the units Senior Staff NCO shouted, "Marines, enjoy this day! For those who fight to protect it, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know!" Freedom Whiskey Co. exists to harness that flavor into each bottle of bourbon, paying homage to those who served, while honoring the individuals who have toiled to make America great.
Now if that story isn't enough to make you go out and Have A Shot of Freedom, then you don't have a pulse! All motivation aside, that moment in Afghanistan would be for not if wasn't for Freedom Whiskey Co. military veteran founder's Zach Hollingsworth (U.S. Marine Corps) and Scott Brown's (U.S. Air Force) habit for back porch drinking and telling war stories.
After many nights of toasting Freedom the two decided it was time to take the risk to create a bourbon that truly embodied the American Spirit. Following months of research, the pair linked up with an up and coming distillery out of Spring Valley, California to create their signature Small Batch Bourbon. With the hard part in the bag, it was time to turn to marketing. Zach had the perfect person in mind, his good friend Giev Fowler.
Giev Fowler brought the Freedom Whiskey Co. vision to life with his 10+ years of experience in website development, marketing, and maximizing brand exposure. Giev was raised with a great respect for the military, inspired by his grandfather (Eugene Fowler) and Uncle (Pat Fowler), both veterans of the US military.
His marketing experience, entrepreneurial spirit, military family background and dashing good looks made him the perfect fit for Freedom Whiskey Co.
Likewise, the opportunity to help veterans while leveraging his professional skill set was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. From the beginning, Giev has been an irreplaceable member of the Freedom Whiskey Co. family. His hard work and unrelenting dedication is the reason we are here today.
Freedom Whiskey Co. strives to provide the highest quality bourbon in America while building a family of passionate whiskey drinkers. The company is dedicated to creating whiskey that honors the heritage of our country while providing employment opportunities to veterans who have served or are currently serving, their family members, and those who seek to make a difference in general.
We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the family. Have A Shot Of Freedom!
Freedom Whiskey Co. Family
Lawrence Ryefield, Director of Distribution
Lawrence Ryefield was born in San Angelo, Texas and eventually attended the University of Georgia where he majored in Journalism. Soon after, he joined the United States Air Force where he served as Active Duty. He later served in the Georgia Air National Guard after being honorably discharged from Active Duty. Lawrence comes from a family of Veterans, including his Grandfather (Navy), his Father (Air Force), and two Uncles who were also in the Navy and Air Force. He began his career as a television executive and several years later got into the wine and distilled spirits business. Lawrence is the former CEO of a wine distribution company and is a savvy entrepreneur who has started two businesses specializing in alcohol. The Freedom Whiskey Co. team is absolutely honored to have him on board where his work ethic and knowledge move forward the company's potential on a daily basis.
Benny Smith, Operations
Benny Smith is the first Veteran hire for Freedom Whiskey Co. Benny joined the Marine Corps in 2013 and currently works as a military police officer in the Marine Corps Reserves. He is a senior at Wright State University where he majors in international studies and intelligence with a minor in Arabic. Benny is a jack of all trades and vital to the day to day operations of Freedom Whiskey Co.