In the Male World of Whiskey, More Women Are Calling the Shots

Though sexism is still rampant, a number of women are now distilling, blending and reshaping the business in their image.

Marlene Holmes and Heather Greene, two of the founders of the Milam & Greene distillery, are part of a surge in the number of women making whiskey. Credit…Jessica Attie for The New York Times

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By Clay Risen

In 2018, the three founders of Milam & Greene, a distillery in Blanco, Texas, made their first trip to the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, one of the state’s largest gatherings of bartenders, distillers and their legions of fans. They were excited to introduce their new whiskey, until they found their assigned table — stuck in a corner, far from the action.

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