Fascinated by the process of blending and distilling American Whiskey Sonja recently returned to the spirits industry in 2019, after a more than twenty-year absence and prior introduction to the spirits market as a former Mixologist and Hotel and Restaurant Manager.
Known amongst distilled spirits enthusiasts as So Dram Good, she rolled up her sleeves and took an immersive route inclusive of interactions with a host of the industry’s most awarded Whiskey Brands and Production Teams. In two years, she has combined hands- on training and formal education earning her the titles of a skilled Student Distiller, Brand Ambassador, Consultant, Certified Executive Bourbon Steward, Squire and Private Tastings Host.
Being a rising star in the industry comes with both challenges and rewards as she is quickly piquing the interest of new and veteran brands looking for a fresh, skilled, and authentic approach to the world of spirits. Dubbed to have an “Expert Palate “by Master Distiller and Blender, Marianne Eaves Sonja has collaborated on projects that include producing a Pilot Single Malt Whiskey, blending, brand development and tasting.
As she fortifies a name for herself and gains traction in the industry, she shares how important it is to build her life resume by establishing a genuine rapport that she so humbly refers to it as, “Passion and Purpose Driven.”
Recent contributions include special projects that span craft distilleries, the DMV hospitality scene, consulting, appearing as a guest and Co-Host on Spirits Podcasts, curating pairing and tasting events, Ascot Awards Judge and as the Founder of the startup ABV Jobs a niche dedicated job board for the alcohol beverage industry.