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About The People

Guy Rehorst- FounderGuy Rehorst Distillery Founder

Guy Rehorst is the founder of Great Lakes Distillery having started the company in 2004. Despite numerous obstacles Guy managed to license and begin distillery operations in 2006, establishing the first beverage distillery in Wisconsin since prohibition.

In 2009 Guy was instrumental in getting Wisconsin state laws that prohibited distilleries from tasting or selling their own product changed. By mid year Great Lakes Distillery was able to open the states first distillery tasting room. Later that same year Guy played a crucial role in preventing an effort to increase alcohol excise taxes 58% in the state of Wisconsin.

Besides managing day to day Business at Great Lakes Distillery Guy is active in the micro-distilling industry having established the ADIforums to further communication among industry members. Guy has recently been appointed to the Craft Distillers Advisory Council of the Washington DC based Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Previously Guy was a founder of a high tech manufacturer that was twice listed on the Inc500 list of fastest growing companies in the US. He is still often heard wondering aloud what he will do when he grows up.


Ryan Rappis- Sales and Marketing Manager/ Spirit Ambassador

Ryan Rappis Sales ManagerRyan gave up a lucrative career in medical sales to pursue his passion- the search for the perfect martini. A musician of some repute, Ryan has spent many years in bars throughout the midwest.




Doug MacKenzie- Master Distiller/Production Manager

Doug MacKenzie DistillerDoug a former world-class speed skater studied Architecture in college, using his talents working with custom stonework. He now exercises his creative talents by creating superb spirits.





Michael (Mick) Savatovic- Spirits Ambassador

Mick is a street worker. Not in the traditional sense of the word, but in a sense that he spends a lot of time going door to door visiting customers. Often found at late night bar and restaurant tastings he also frequently gives distillery tours.

Jason Neu- Mixologist/Cocktail Monkey/Spirit Ambasador

Jason who has held several key positions in Wisconsin bars (not just sitting at them) spends his days and nights dreaming up new and exciting uses for our products. Former brewer and bar manager Jason can often be found in our tasting room creating new and exciting things for his patrons to try.


Our Gin Wins "Double Gold"
at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition!
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Vodka & Gin rated Exceptional!
Beverage Experts Rate our Vodka Exceptional!
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