Kate Douglas is head distiller at Old Elk Distillery in Fort Collins, Colorado. She joined Old Elk in 2015, and her undeniable passion for food sciences, chemistry and blending flavors has accelerated her blossoming career.
Most significantly, Kate was charged with developing Dry Town Gin, a process in which she tested combinations of over 75 different botanicals before selecting the best blend for the final product. She is also heavily involved in production of Old Elk’s other products (Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Nooku Bourbon Cream).
Kate is currently an active—and the youngest—member of the Colorado Distillers Guild. And she counts Nancy Fraley, a world-renowned whiskey blender, and Andrea Wilson, Michter’s Master of Maturation, among those who motivate Kate to keep pushing the boundaries as a woman in a male-dominated field.
Kate originally planned to work in the beer world after graduating from the new fermentation program at Colorado State University. However instead of brewing, she was recommended for an internship at Old Elk Distillery by one of her former managers. She began her career at Old Elk just three days after graduation.
Kate, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, native, currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her boyfriend and Dachshund Winnie. When she’s not working, Kate enjoys traveling (she’s visited 31 states and 11 countries), cooking and the plethora of outdoor activities Fort Collins offers. She also volunteers with Old Elk Distillery’s charities such as the Larimer County Food Bank and Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed. In 2018 Old Elk Distillery collaborated with several other Colorado distillers and created a whiskey to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed. Her favorite cocktail is a Whiskey Sour, just like her grandmother used to drink.