Our Team

Nick and Catherine Quint

Owners/Founders

Nick and Catherine began Yahara Bay Distillers in 2007, and

they are actively involved in the direction of the Company.

 

Lars Forde

Production Manager / Head Distiller

Lars oversees all distillation, and production at Yahara Bay.

Lars has been with the Company as one of its founders since 2007, and learned the craft of distilling with Nick over the years.

As a life-long musician Lars also manages our live music booking and serves as our in-house sound guy.  

Lars has finely tuned skills for making great spirits and great music.

Lars@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Ari Marks

Distiller and Blender

Air joined Yahara Bay in January 2017 and came from a well known brandy producer in the Chicago area bringing a wealth of knowledge with him. 

Ari enjoys creating new and unusual products for use in our tasting room and for contract client research and development.  Given an time to monitor the still which is within eyeshot of the tasting bar, Ari is often found walking through the distillery offering people a sample of his new spirit and cocktail creations.

Ari@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Kristi Klinger

Import and Fulfillment Manager

Kristi manages importing, bottling, reporting, distributor registration, State registration and compliance, billing, accounts receivable, and inventory management at Yahara Bay.  Kristi does so much she could start her own distillery and run the whole thing her self.

She has been with the Company since its founding in 2007 and we will never let her go. Ever.

Kristi@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Jennifer Jensen

Bottling and Fulfillment

Jennifer joined Yahara Bay in 2013 and has nearly perfected the art of bottling imported spirits. She is rarely caught dabbing up a very small spill. 

(608) 275-1050

 

Fue Yang

Bottling and Fulfillment

Fue joined Yahara Bay in 2015.  Fue's efficiency is topped only by his willingness to assist with anything thrown his way.

(608) 275-1050

 

Kristin Kaker

Client Relationship Manager

Kristin leads our customer relationship management and new account acquisition. 

She coordinates collaborative events on and off-site with local businesses and organizations and also assists with social media marketing.

If you want a Yahara Bay product at your favorite retailer or bar, send her a message.  She'll ask which locations are your second and third favorite, too.  

She joined Yahara Bay in 2017.

KristinK@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Liz Dueland

Marketing Manager

Liz oversees marketing and sales at Yahara Bay.  She is a cheesemonger, chef, and artist.

Liz joined Yahara Bay in 2018 and brings with her brand development experience from the wine and spirits industry.

If you think you know everything there is to know about cheese because you're from Wisconsin, have a conversation with Liz and you'll find yourself wanting to learn more.

Liz@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Amber Iverson

Events Manager

Amber manages our Big Room event rentals, serves as a liason for private events between the client and our Public House Manager, and manages Yahara Bay sponsored events.

Amber joined the Company in 2018.

If you want more information or to book an event in our venue, send her a message.

Amber@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Lainie Goldsmith

Gallery Manager, Marketing/Event Specialist

Lainie joined yahara Bay in 2018 and assists with event coordination, market sales and samplings, retail sales, and management of The Gallery at Yahara Bay. 

Contact Lainie if you would like to learn how you can exhibit your artwork at The Gallery at Yahara Bay. 

Lainie@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Josh Pleasnick

Chef

Chef Josh brings to Yahara Bay a wealth of knowledge and experience.  His creations are vegan to keto and everything in between. Josh enjoys elevating to a new level the comfort foods we all love. 

Watch for Josh's daily specials and get your order in early. His goal is to sell out every time and he has yet to fail.

 

Josh Mandell

Lead Bartender

Josh oversees bartending and cocktail service at Yahara Bay's Public House and private events. 

Josh's team delivers an exceptional experience with cocktails that express the nuance of our spirits.

JoshM@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Dan Byington

Shipping and Receiving Manager, Bottling and Fulfillment

Dan is our get-it-here and get-it-there go-to guy.

He spends much of his time bottling product when he's not driving the forklift.

Dan has been with the Company since 2013.

Dan@yaharabay.com

(608) 275-1050

 

Nels Forde

General Manager

Nels oversees the Company direction, operations, contract clients, accounting, and human resources.

Nels has been with the Company since 2016.

Nels.Forde@yaharabay.com

(608) 278-1921