Stephen Gould

Mr. Gould is currently the Proprietor and Master Distiller at Golden Moon Distillery. He is also a consulting master distiller for an as yet-to-be-named whiskey project in County Kildare, Ireland. Mr. Gould has been distilling off and on for over 30 years. Mr. Gould lectures and teaches courses on distillation, including use of botanicals in the production of liquors and liqueurs, production of brandies and whiskies, craft-distillery start-ups and the history of spirits. He consults and provides tailored training for distilleries in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He also writes for several industry trade publications, including Distiller Magazine and Artisan Spirit Magazine.

Mr. Gould is an experienced whiskey and spirits Judge, judging in a variety of spirits competitions in the United States and Europe. This includes the International Wine and Spirits Competition, where he judges gin, whiskey, rum and liqueurs.

He is also involved in legislative issues related to the spirits industry at the State and Federal levels, is responsible for Government Affairs for the Colorado Distillers Guild and is a member of ACSA’s Legislative Committee. As an spirits industry expert he is regularly called upon by media outlets, including TIME Magazine and CNN among others, to speak to issues related to the American spirits industry’s growth, trends and international trade issues.


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