Willie’s Distillery was established in 2010 with a simple goal in mind: create a brand and develop products that embody the independent spirit and authenticity of the American West while supporting its local economy and residents. Founders Willie and Robin Blazer showcase the character of their small hometown with local ingredients and regional flavor in what’s considered the finest batch of spirits ever to come out of southwestern Montana.
Willie, originally hailing from Appalachian moonshine country in western North Carolina, is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and U.S. Forest Service. He served as an Army Ranger, Special Forces Medic, Hotshot Wildland Firefighter and Smokejumper. Robin, being raised on a grain farm in southwest Montana, brought a strong business development and marketing background along with her Montana roots. Her work serves as a testament to Montana’s prohibition-era history of a female-driven spirits industry.
At Willie’s Distillery, we use a copper pot still made specially for us in Germany by Bavarian Holstein Stills. We mill, mash, ferment and distill corn, barley and oats on-site and produce spirits using ingredients like molasses, cream and Canadian whisky.
Our spirits are distilled in our custom Bavarian Holstein still, crafted by a family-owned company that has built world-class spirits stills since 1958. Our staff includes veterans of the United States Armed Forces acting in positions ranging from Production to Sales and Management.
In the last decade, we’ve grown to become Montana’s premier destination distillery. Our stills produce the state’s bestselling Montana-made spirit brands. As was the case in the early days of the Distillery, we still produce, bottle, label, cork and pack all of our spirits by hand. We’re independently owned and operated. Our facility captures a fading piece of Americana; we put that undying Americana spirit in a bottle.
Our spirits represent hard work, the entrepreneurial spirit, and the American Dream.