Gather Around: The founders of Company Distilling continue their passion for the state of Tennessee, its rich history, and education by hosting the “Distilling Greatness” podcast. Listeners can Gather Around with the Company Distilling team and a few of their friends to get a taste of the people and places that make up the rich stories of whiskey in Tennessee.

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Kris Tatum - Company Distilling - President

Kris Tatum

President & Founder
Company Distilling

Kevin Smith - Company Distilling - Director of Brewing & Distilling

Kevin Smith

Director of Brewing & Distilling
Company Distilling

Tyler Crowell - Chief Operating Officer - Corsair Artisan Distillery

Tyler Crowell

Chief Operating Officer
Corsair Artisan Distillery

Aaron McClain - Brewmaster - Craft Bastard Brewery

Aaron McClain

Craft Bastard Brewery


Tyler Crowell

Tennessee native, Tyler Crowell has more than a decade of operations and leadership experience in the Nashville area. Crowell turned his passion for beer and spirits into a career at Corsair Artisan where he has been since 2013. In that time, Crowell has worked in all areas of the business including production and operations, and he currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. Crowell represented Corsair as a founding member of the Tennessee Distillers Guild and has served on the board of directors for many years. Tyler and his wife Claire live on their farm in Columbia, TN where they raise their 2 daughters, livestock, and lots of dogs.

Aaron McClain

Aaron McClain is the founder, operator, and Brewmaster of Craft Bastard Brewery in Knoxville, TN. His brewery makes world-class traditional beer styles, but primarily focuses on experimental brews, particularly ones that utilize locally foraged ingredients. Aaron serves on the Board of Directors at the Brewing & Distilling Center, where he teaches water chemistry and other topics.