DSCV Elects Mad River Distillers' Mimi Buttenheim as President
Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont (DSCV) Names New Board, and Elects Mimi Buttenheim of Mad River Distillers as President.
MONTPELIER, VT - The Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont has announced the election of Mimi Buttenheim (Mad River Distillers) as the new President of the trade organization. The Distilled Spirits Council (DSCV) is a cooperative, non-profit organization created to develop, promote and maintain the independent distilling industry of Vermont, and currently represents 15 member companies.
“I think we've made great strides in furthering our relationship with the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery as well as the statehouse and Governor's office over the last year or two,” Buttenheim said. “We're looking forward to continuing to put Vermont distilling on the map, as well as on the liquor store shelves. The DSCV has helped develop the industry into an economic engine, tourist attraction and job creator in the state of Vermont.”
Buttenheim will lead a new board for the burgeoning Vermont spirits industry council that also includes Vice President Chris Kessler of Black Flannel Distillery (Essex Junction), Treasurer Craig Stevens of Wild Hart Distillery (Shelburne) and Secretary Sean O'Rourke from Bhakta Spirits (Poultney.)
Buttenheim noted that outgoing DSCV President Jeremy Elliott (Smugglers’ Notch Distillery) and Treasurer Ed Metcalfe (Vermont Distillers) would remain active in the organization and commended their years of service.
“Historically, the Distilled Spirits Council has worked towards achieving parity with Vermont's breweries, wineries and cideries under the state's Title 7 alcohol regulations,” Buttenheim said. “This year, with 15 active member distilleries, we are excited to continue to work on our legislative agenda, as well as revamp our marketing campaign, website and the popular Tasting Tour program.”
About the Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont (DSCV): The Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont (DSCV) was founded in 2011 and is open to all Vermont entities with a valid USDSP permit, to encourage a positive regulatory climate for entrepreneurial distillers in Vermont. Meetings are held biannually. Additionally, the DSCV oversees the popular tourism-centric Tasting Tour program for visitors to the tasting rooms of member Vermont distilleries with a tour passport and destination map.
About Mimi Buttenheim: Mimi Buttenheim was named President of Mad River Distillers in Warren, VT in 2015 after a varied career in both wines and spirits. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Culinary Institute of America – Greystone. She also serves on the Access Craft Advisory Council for Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America and the board of the Vermont Specialty Foods Association.