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Master Distiller - Old Trestle Distillery

Truckee, California - 96161


Based in Truckee California, in the Lake Tahoe Region, at the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Old Trestle Distillery is looking for a Master Distiller & Brand Leader to help us deliver world-class experiences. Old Trestle was founded in Truckee with belief that the world's best spirit has yet to be made. Our managing team has extensive backgrounds growing global companies and beverage brands and we are looking for a teammate to lead our distillery operations. As the head distiller, you’ll oversee and manage day-to-day production activities, lead the company in the sensory tasting, experimentation, barrel management, and blending, and ensure safe, clean, efficient distillery operations. You’ll lead our team from planning and raw ingredient procurement through to bottling/barreling of finished spirits. We are inspired by innovation and are laser-focused on bringing great products to market and being part of our customers’ lives at some of their most meaningful moments. 



  • You will help lead and grow a craft distillery with large aspirations. This role is as much doer as it is manager and planner.

  • Skill to be responsible for consistently producing spirits on our custom 300gl system, experimentation on our small pilot system, and planning for a longer-term, larger full production system.

  • Management and oversight for accurate record-keeping, including distillation records, quality control, lab records, instrumentation records, TTB and ABC reporting, and inventory control.

  • Experience with machinery including pumps, boilers, air compressors, and chillers, and the ability to perform basic maintenance, repairs, and/or direct professional equipment support as required.

  • Ability to climb, kneel, stoop, and lift/move 50 lb frequently, with extended periods of standing/walking, and ability to work in outdoor weather conditions.

  • Ability to drive a forklift and work a pallet jack.

  • Ability to train and lead a team of distillers and cellar workers working under you.

  • You have a quality trained palette and can lead us in the tasting, recipe creation, and final product blending.



  • You have a proven ability to work with little to no supervision with an appropriate understanding of the technical and business level dynamics.

  • You are a detail-oriented, highly organized, self-starter with a demonstrated ability to exercise accountability and responsibility.

  • You are a team player who contributes to camaraderie and a pleasant working environment.

  • You are driven by quality first but have a passion for industry-leading innovation.

  • You understand the importance of safety, cleanliness, production efficiency, management of others, federal/state reporting requirements, inventory accuracy/projections, and packaging/barreling/aging processes.

  • You have a deep understanding of and ability to implement/oversee standard operating and safety policies/procedures.

  • You bring broad knowledge and enjoyment of craft spirits, cocktails, and possibly beer and food.



  • College Graduate with a degree in Fermentation Sciences, microbiology desired

  • Meaningful experience as Head, Master, Lead Distiller, or similar experience in the distilling, and related science fields.

  • Examples of professional and ideally personal passion and beliefs around spirits and how they should be made and delivered.


With Headquarters in Truckee California, Old Trestle Distillery is a company that values matching hard work, teamwork, family, and success with a deep desire to deliver spirits that enhance the best moments of our customers’ lives. We believe in the spirit of the Pioneer and look to improve and innovate our way to a brand and a business we can all be proud of.


We are offering this as a full-time salaried position with competitive compensation, benefits, growth and upside potential, and the ability to earn a performance bonus.

To apply, please send an email to with your updated resume and a cover letter. 

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