Lost Ark Distilling Company is a small artisan distillery founded on one principle—passion. When founders Brad Blackwell and Andy Debenham started a simple conversation about finding something greater and more meaningful in life, it quickly developed into a realistic dream that had to be pursued. They began working together, growing their business from the seeds of their passion.
Brad & Andy both shared a love for the hand-crafted. They knew immediately distilled spirits were the perfect product, so they founded Lost Ark Distilling, a company deriving its name from the story of the first Maryland settlers back in the 17th century. As the story goes, these settlers landed without much to work with and no idea what the new land would offer them. Their creativity, hard work, and dedication to creating something led to not only their survival but also their ability to thrive. Brad & Andy are committed to bringing that spirit of hard work and creativity into every unique spirit they produce.
Today, Lost Ark embodies the spirit of its home state, Maryland. Every bottle is hand made in Howard County, and nearly every ingredient is hand-picked from across the state. Each line of ultra-premium spirits is inspired from a specific piece of Maryland history, and that history can be experienced within every pour. Never settling for anything less than what they imagined in their first conversation, Brad & Andy own their craft every day to ensure Lost Ark represents the spirit of Maryland’s past, present and future.
BRAD, FOUNDER & DISTILLER
Eat. Sleep. Bourbon. Brad has a serious passion for all things distilling. He comes across as quiet and shy but carries a hard charging and passionate drive for success. He prides himself in being creative and relentless in any pursuit. With a start as a home brewer, he jumped into distilling chasing a passion rooted in the history and art of creating many different spirits. After serving on Active Duty in the Army for many years, he brings the military "attention to detail" motto to the team. All of these qualities fuel the fire in the pursuit of perfection in the art of distillation, building the perfect mash bill, and creating new flavors that you’ve never had before.