From Navy Admiral to Starting a Distillery Business with Scott Sanders, USNA ’80

Jul 15, 2019 | USNA

Scott Sanders (USNA ’80) is the owner of Tobacco Barn Distillery, a true ground-to-glass distillery bringing the best whiskies, bourbons and rums to the Maryland area.  Their signature “Constellation Rum” is fermented, double-distilled, and sealed in four bourbon barrels for an embarkation aboard the U.S.S. Constellation in Baltimore, Maryland. Pretty cool story!

In this episode, Scott and I discuss:

  • How they grew their business to sell their products in over 20 liquor stores in the Maryland area and their plan to expand into other states
  • How their farm uses a combination of solar, geothermal, and heat recovery systems as part of their commitment to protect Southern Maryland’s environment
  • Fun stories about how he used bourbon as a bargaining chip with foreign officers while serving in the Navy

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Special thanks to Scott for joining me this week.  Until next time!

-Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

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