It is a thousand bottles of giving back.

Really, you could say a thousand bottles of love are being produced in Butte.

Very, very drinkable love.

Seven years ago, a couple of craft distillers decided their industry needed a group of professionals who were willing to share their knowledge and support the industry, as a whole and specifically when someone in the industry needed help. It would be a place of learning, a place of vulnerability. But it would also be a common foundation of trusted sources around the subject of making damn good booze.

Those two were John McKee, co-owner/distiller at Butte’s Headframe Spirits, and Johnny Jeffery, now master distiller at Bently Heritage Distillery in Nevada.

So more or less on the spot they created Good Guy Distillers. The group now has more than 100 members, distillers from all over the world. They insist on one thing: To be a member, you have to actively contribute, to give back to the industry. Every year, they cull the group of those who join but don’t contribute.

Good Guy Distillers’ latest project is happening in Headframe’s Kelley Distillery this week.

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