Bold. Memorable. Authentic.

Throughout history, there are those defined by courage, strength, and bravery. They stand devoted to a cause believing some things are worth fighting for. They don’t give up, they overcome. They don’t simply survive, they prevail. It’s a power within us all and it’s what Warrior Liquor was created to celebrate. So we invite you to pour a glass, then raise it high and toast the warrior in you.

We're Rich and Mary Clemson, founders of Liquid Brands Distillery and Warrior Liquors. As lifelong entrepreneurs, we know the importance of vision. And for us, that starts with our roots here in the Pacific Northwest. For more than two decades, we've built close connections with farmers, growers and suppliers in this region...and when we had the vision to create Liquid Brands Distillery, we knew these partnerships would help us create our premium liquors.


Our superb handcrafted spirits are best enjoyed over conversation. Our tasting room gives you the opportunity to connect with the ingredients, connect with the craftsmanship, and connect with the people who produce our spirits. We are a family-owned, small-batch craft distillery, so members of our family are always at the tasting room to trade Warrior stories. Come by to taste American Dry Gin, American Single Malt Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Bourbon, Palouse Hills Wheat Vodka, Flavored Vodkas including Huckleberry, Blood Orange, Coconut, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Vanilla, Coffee and Spiced Cider.

Aaron Kleinhelter, Head Distiller

I am a Kentuckian. In fact, my background in the world of spirits started with growing up two miles from the main Jim Beam plant in Clermont, Kentucky. On days the humidity was high, the smell of cooked corn and fermenting bourbons traveled all the way to our home (yes, really!). On family road trips, we would pass countless distilleries on the way to Bardstown, Kentucky, the home of Kentucky Bourbon.

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I graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky with a degree in Business and Marketing. After graduating, I knew I wanted to be in the distillery business, but I wasn’t sure where to start so I drove around to local distilleries and handed out my resume with no luck (and probably a few laughs at my expense). For three years I applied for any and every entry-level distillery position I could find. With only a few interviews, I faced the typical challenges a lot of entry-level applicants face: lack of experience, and nobody wants to spend the time training you. But I’ve never liked being told my goals are impossible, so I kept at it.

Toward the end of three years without much luck on the job front, two things happened. My wonderful fiancée informed me of a new distillation program at the University of Kentucky. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to get more accreditation under my belt. At the same time, I discovered a friend of mine was working at a small distillery on the outskirts of Louisville called Kentucky Artisan Distillery and he mentioned they were hiring. After a few conversations and an interview with the Production Manager and Master Distiller (who ate popsicles as we talked), I was offered the Associate Distiller position. To this day I remain connected with everyone I worked with, especially my very good friend and now Master Distiller, Jade Peterson. I always say being an Associate Distiller is the best place to start in the distilling industry—using traditional techniques, relying on your senses to run equipment, and just making really good whiskey.  

For the next year and half, crafting spirits at Kentucky Artisan Distillery and traveling 1.5 hours for classes at the University of Kentucky was my life. Eventually I wanted to learn new techniques, so I transitioned to a new role as Assistant Distiller at Jeptha Creed, a new distillery at that time. For the next four years, I worked with some great guys who expanded my knowledge and helped me hone my skills.  

I continue to accomplish one goal after another to round out my knowledge of the industry. Most recently, I completed the Distilled Spirits Business Certificate from the University of Louisville and now also hold a General Certificate in Brewing and Distilling.

I am excited to bring that knowledge and experience to Warrior at Liquid Brands Distillery, whose ownership is likewise committed to create the very best quality of liquor available.

Aaron Kleinhelter

Be a Warrior. Conquer Life.

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