Women & Whiskey: November 2019

3 Oct

On the first Wednesday of every month, raise a glass with us and your fellow women who whiskey! November’s dinner will be hosted by Benay Shannon of the Kansas City-based Restless Spirits Distilling.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
7 p.m.
$65, includes gratuity, dinner, whisky pairings
Tickets are transferable, but not refundable. 

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Benay Shannon is the Master Distiller at Restless Spirits Distilling, which she founded with her husband, Mike, in 2015. She has a bachelor’s of science from The University of Colorado, a master’s degree in teaching from Park University, and studied distilling through Breckenridge Distillery in Breckenridge, Colorado, and White Labs in San Diego. Born and raised in the mountain town of Gunnison, Colorado, Benay was raised by a school teacher and a secretary. After staying home to raise her children, Benay decided to follow the path of her father and spent 15 years teaching science to Kansas City high schoolers.

That very formal scientific training came in handy in 2013 when her husband began distilling as a hobby and struggled to pinpoint a scorched taste in his early batches of whiskey. Through months of study, trial-and-error and whiskey “sampling,” Benay developed the process and recipe that are now at the cornerstone of Restless Spirits Distilling.

Benay can be found at least six days a week in the distillery producing fine spirits or in her lab developing her next recipe. When she’s not working, her hobbies include competitive cowboy-mounted shooting with her horse, Coosa, and spending time with her two grandchildren, JoAnna and Daniel.