OUR FOUNDING STORY


Marsha Milam was raised an oilman’s daughter. Her father, M.C. Milam, would often wake her up in the middle of the night and take her out to the oil field where he was drilling. The oil derrick would light up like a Christmas tree, illuminating men working and yelling to one another over the din of Detroit diesel engines. While every other child was asleep, Marsha was wide awake, developing a love for enterprise that would last her entire life.

Marsha Milam founded Ben Milam Whiskey to honor the Milam spirit of independence and action. In her words, “bourbon is defiant in the face of the world we live in today.” It is not bigger, better, or faster. It takes its time. It will not be rushed.

We are proud to present Ben Milam Whiskey to those who choose to live life on their own terms. Here’s to the bold, the true, the gallant.

OUR TEAM


Marsha Milam

Fearless Leader, Founder of Ben Milam Distillery and Provision Spirits

After a career in media, public relations and entertainment in Austin, TX, Marsha Milam decided to dive headlong into the spirits industry. Specifically, she is the founder of the…

…new Milam Distillery.

Ms. Milam has always considered herself a “from the ground up” person. She was the first PR and marketing director for Chuy’s restaurants, an Austin-based chain, the co-founder of The Austin Film Festival, the creator of the immensely popular live music series, “KGSR’s Unplugged at The Grove.” She served as the talent buyer for The County Line BBQ’s chain of free music series in San Antonio and El Paso. She also created and produced an acclaimed live music series for 95.9 The Ranch Music in Fort Worth. Most recently, she produced “Ranch Bash,” an annual celebration of Texas’ country singers and songwriters and Oklahoma’s “Red Dirt” country scene. Ranch Bash, now in its 15th year is attended by more than 10,000 folks annually.

All told, Ms. Milam entertains more than 100,000 Texas music fans a year.

Marsha currently sits on the boards of The Austin Film Festival, the Clifford Antone Foundation, the HOPE Outdoor Gallery and H.O.M.E which provides housing assistance to aging musicians.

After having her genealogy traced, she was delighted to discover that she and Ben Milam were in fact first cousin six-times removed. Ben Milam was a hero and martyr of Texas’ fight for independence. To honor him, Ms. Milam’s goal is to create a whiskey “as authentic as Texas.”

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Rikk T. Munroe

Head Distiller and General Mgr., Provision Spirits

A native Texan, Rikk moved to Austin “as fast as humanly possible” to study geography at the University of Texas. After spending a year in Iraq as a military contractor, he returned…

…to the Texas capital, where an interest in home brewing led him to become a distiller for Dripping Springs Vodka in 2012.

Rikk came on board at Ben Milam Whiskey in the fall of 2016 from Dripping Springs Vodka, where he was the production manager and head distiller.

“I am very excited to work at Ben Milam because it has given me the opportunity to finally make whiskey,” Rikk says. “It’s the reason I turned distilling into a career and I am thrilled to be able to help grow Ben Milam from its inception. Our products are unique because they are traditional, unfussy, true to style whiskeys. We aren’t trying to reinvent bourbon and rye whiskey, we are trying to make the BEST bourbon and rye whiskey.”

A prolific and enthusiastic musician, Rikk plays guitar, bass, saxophone and harmonica and counts the Beatles, Dawes, Hayes Carll, and Sturgill Simpson among his favorite musicians. He is an avid cook and boasts a sourdough bread starter that is almost old enough to drink in some states. As an alumnus of the University of Texas, Rikk is a die-hard Longhorn fan. He is married to a fourth-grade school teacher, Katherine.

Rikk T. Munroe

Head Distiller and General Mgr., Provision Spirits

A native Texan, Rikk moved to Austin “as fast as humanly possible” to study geography at the University of Texas. After spending a year in Iraq as a military contractor, he returned…

…to the Texas capital, where an interest in home brewing led him to become a distiller for Dripping Springs Vodka in 2012.

Rikk came on board at Ben Milam Whiskey in the fall of 2016 from Dripping Springs Vodka, where he was the Production Manager and Head Distiller.

“I am very excited to work at Ben Milam because it has given me the opportunity to finally make whiskey,” Rikk says. “It’s the reason I turned distilling into a career and I am thrilled to be able to help grow Ben Milam from its inception. Our products are unique because they are traditional, unfussy, true to style whiskeys. We aren’t trying to reinvent bourbon and rye whiskey, we are trying to make the BEST bourbon and rye whiskey.”

A prolific and enthusiastic musician, Rikk plays guitar, bass, saxophone and harmonica and counts the Beatles, Dawes, Hayes Carll, and Sturgill Simpson among his favorite musicians. He is an avid cook and boasts a sourdough bread starter that is almost old enough to drink in some states. As an alumnus of the University of Texas, Rikk is a die-hard Longhorn fan. He is married to a fourth-grade school teacher, Katherine.

Jordan Osborne

Head Brewer,Ben Milam Whiskey

Born and raised near Houston, Jordan is a Navy veteran who moved to Durango, CO to pursue a career in the art and science of brewing. Within a year of joining an award-winning…

…Colorado brewery, he had risen from a member of the production crew to lead brewer. “My passion for brewing and distilling comes from the creative yet systematic processes involved. It’s an exciting and rewarding experience turning raw materials and ingredients into a product that brings people together,” he explains.

Colorado was great—what’s not to like?—but by 2016, Jordan was ready for a return to the Lone Star State and ready for a new challenge, which turned out to be Ben Milam Whiskey. “I’m excited by the opportunity to help create some of the finest whiskey in Texas,” he says.

“What I love about Ben Milam Whiskey is that we are centered around authenticity, from our founder’s direct lineage to Ben, to the quality of our whiskey. We carry this authenticity throughout our company.”

When he’s not crafting great whiskey, Jordan recharges in the outdoors, indulging a longtime fondness for camping and fly fishing.