by Kait Hanson for USA TODAY 10Best

10 amazing breweries and distilleries with women at the helm

Today, women are leading breweries and distilleries in every capacity – from ownership to master distiller – to the top. Here are 10 of the best female-led breweries and distilleries to check out around the world.

Bombay Sapphire - Dr. Anne Brock

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Using a unique vapor infusion method in the distillation process, Brock and her team are able to capture the natural flavors of the botanicals in a taste that has been perfected since 1986.

Two Birds Brewing - Danielle Allen and Jayne Lewis

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This pair of friends launched the first female-owned brewery in Australia. The duo crafts palate-pleasing, balanced brews.

J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey - Louise McGuane


McGuane launched J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey, officially resurrecting the art of whiskey bonding, the practice of sourcing high-quality whiskeys, then aging and blending on-site.

Bombshell Beer Company - Ellen Joyner, Michelle Miniutti and Jackie Hudspeth

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These three create quality, easy-to-drink beer. Crisp lagers, amber ales and specialty seasonal brews comprise the lineup.

Macchu Pisco - Melanie and Lizzie Asher

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In 2006, Maryland resident and Harvard MBA-grad Melanie Asher, with her sister Lizzie at her side, unveiled Macchu Pisco, a naturally-made, grapes-based spirit inspired by their Peruvian heritage.

Cervecería Malteza - Jessica Martínez

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Jessica's award-winning brew, dubbed Morrigan, is a strong Scotch ale that combines sweet and roasted flavors, and has become the standalone favorite amongst her offerings.

Free Will Brewing Co. - Hannah Gohde

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One of Hannah's crowning achievements? Using her palate to blend and finesse Olly, a 5-year foudre and barrel-aged sour brown ale that has won multiple accolades from World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival.

Fou-Dre - Chanel Turner

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With the launch of Fou-Dre, a fruit-infused vodka with pomegranate and ginger notes, Turner became the first African-American woman to start her own vodka line at just 25 years old.

Scarlet Lane Brewing - Eilise Lane

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As CEO and Head Brewer, her Dorian Stout, available in varietals like oatmeal and coconut, has become the brewery standout.

Appleton Estate - Joy Spence

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The first woman to be appointed Master Blender in the spirits industry, Spence joined the company in 1981 as Chief Chemist. She has worked for over 35 years, blending her passion for science with time-honored rum-making traditions.

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