“The biggest realization is that waste isn’t waste. By taking a holistic look at our food system, we are bridging gaps in the existing supply chain and handcrafting a product that adds value to our producers and customers"
Emily Darchuk, CEO
Our founder and CEO, Emily Darchuk, forged her career as a food scientist in the natural food and dairy industry. While working with dairies she observed firsthand the problem of whey waste impacting small communities. What she saw made her motivated enough to do something about it.
As a scientist Emily knew she could convert whey into alcohol. However, as a consumer who cares about flavor and the impact of her purchases, she wanted to make something unique for others, who like her, care about the origin of their food.
The opportunity to give those who care a voice and influence both the dairy and spirit industry to work together to be more sustainable gave her the inspiration to launch Wheyward Spirit. Emily perfected our signature spirit through years of trials, carefully crafting the recipe while she mastered the distillation process hands on.
Our mascot is a real cow! She (yes, she!) is a "Highland Coo". Her name is Magnificent, she roams free and she has stories to tell.
She’s far from the average cow and her windblown look embodies the Wheyward Way.
We want to change the way people look at spirits with every bottle sold.
Our supporters, those who have joined us to help spread the whey word, make up our loyal herd.
They appreciate the journey and impact that comes from serving the greater good while having a good time.
It is through the varied experiences of every herd member, and our collective boldness to buck the status quo that a product as unique and impactful as Wheyward Spirit came to be.
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