From its labor-intensive creation to its bold, fiery flavor, whiskey has a reputation for being masculine, a man’s drink. However, more women than ever are joining the world of whiskey – not just as consumers, but also as makers. At Jack Daniel’s, we’re proud to have quite a few women working behind the scenes to craft the world’s most popular whiskey, and we thought it was high time to hear from them.
On this episode of Around the Barrel, host Lucas Hendrickson sits down with Lexie Amacher and Jessica Hartline, two Jack Daniel’s employees with can-do attitudes and an endless thirst to learn — qualities that have taken them to new heights at the distillery.
Lexie Amacher is one of four team leads at the Jack Daniel Distillery. She comes from a legacy of distillery employees, with her grandmother retiring from Jack Daniel’s and her great aunt still working as an employee. With a background in agribusiness and an opening in the Still House, Lexie jumped in. Never one afraid to get dirty or sweaty, and with a natural curiosity, Lexie has excelled in her role.
Jessica Hartline is a Quality Supervisor and Senior Packaging Engineer at the Bottling House. Her background is in microbiology and chemistry, and she, too, started out in the Still House, which can be challenging for anyone – man or woman. It’s a very physical job that also requires lots of calculations and attention to detail. Jessica thrived in the Still House and has been at the distillery for 12 years now.
Both Lexie and Jessica came into their roles with the notion that they had to prove themselves, but quickly learned that it’s a level playing field. There’s something to be learned from everyone, and if you’re going to get better, you must be willing to ask questions. They share a common belief that they are incredibly fortunate to work for such an iconic brand, and naturally enjoy partaking in the local product after a long day’s work.
Join us on Around the Barrel as we learn more about being a female in the so-called man’s world of whiskey, the importance of seeking out opportunity and a life lesson on attitude.
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