The diverse passions of three persons animated the founding of Wild Hart Distillery – a goofy dreamer, a compulsive doer, and a veteran distiller. They’ve combined their talents to create a line of spirits for all people, all occasions. Wild Hart Distillery was founded in 2015 by Naomi Clemmons and Craig Stevens. They have immersed themselves in the world of distilling, developing recipes, and building a plant opening in the summer of 2017 in Shelburne, Vermont. Come try their flagship gins and vodka prepared by Master Distiller, Joe Buswell.
For a long time, Naomi thought she had to take life seriously. She was always wrestling with dreaming of ideas or the adventures to be had and being serious. Then, somewhere along the line... knowing that she is goofy at heart (her husband and children can attest to this) she grabbed hold of one of her ideas. Now all of that serious stuff is coming in handy as she and her business partner, Craig, set up Wild Hart Distillery. After 2+ years the pieces have fallen into place. They have a building, a still (come check it out) and they have a lot of great ideas to bring people together with local spirits.
Craig’s obsession with to do lists and inability to sit still have proven to be a good fit for the type of complex tasks of opening a distillery and developing recipes for spirits. When he isn’t fidgeting in place he can be found at the gym, rummaging for up-cycling projects or dragging his two children, boyfriend and dog outside to do something – or anything! He’s always up to talk about the distillery and distillation process. Stop in and visit to keep him busy!
Joe is kind of a big deal. At least to Wild Hart. Joe is a lover of all things fermented. He became a distiller by way of winemaking when he and his wife lived in California. It was there Joe got his start in the wine and spirits industry, splitting his time between the cellar and the tasting room, at a small family wine estate. When Joe and his wife moved back to the East Coast, he took a job at a company that had both winery and distillery licenses, and it was there he got into whiskey making. Joe has done it all--from recipe development to production to sales. At this point, Joe enjoys a balance of serious whiskey making, and involvement in specialty projects that can be easily enjoyed, without being taken too seriously.