the team

bourbon PASSION

Legendary entrepreneur Curt Richardson is eager to start and grow companies. Stemming from his passion to create a legacy bourbon brand with unsurpassed quality and taste, Curt turned to Greg Metze, a Master Distiller with 38 years of experience specializing in developing bourbon whiskeys. This collaboration produced an innovative bourbon, which transcends tradition.

Curt Richardson Founder of Old Elk Distillery



Curt Richardson is the Founder of Old Elk Distillery, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Visionary Officer of Otter Products, LLC, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc.

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As CEO of Old Elk Distillery, Luis Gonzalez is responsible for company visions, growth and planning initiatives, and developing distribution and brand strategies.

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Master Distiller

Greg Metze became Old Elk Distillery’s Master Distiller following a 38-year career at Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, one of the world’s largest distilleries.

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Head Distiller

As Old Elk Distillery's Head Distiller, Kate Douglas manages the day-to-day distilling operations, including the slow reduction process and sensory program.

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Beverage Director/Lead Mixologist

Melinda ensures guests at The Reserve—the distillery’s tasting room in the heart of Fort Collins, Colorado—are always treated to top-notch spirits and cocktails, as well as an exceptional experience. Her role also entails community outreach, liaising with the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) and other bartender relations programs.