137 Barkers Mill Rd, Pembroke, KY 42266 | Phone: (270) 640-7744

MB Roland Distillery Pembroke, Christian Co. KY - MB Roland Distillery is a completely “grain to grass” Kentucky craft distillery and founding member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

Meet Our Distiller, Liz


MB Roland Distillery would like to introduce our distillers, the folks responsible for the continued success of what we do here.

First up is Elizabeth Hope Chester, but you can call her Liz, Lizard, or her personal favorite, Queen Elizabeth. Liz will eventually be adding a new name, Mrs. Gunn since she just recently got married! However, she’s in no rush to deal with the paperwork at the DMV and Social Security Office.

Liz has the distinction of being our first female distiller. She started working for MB Roland in May of 2015 in the gift shop, learning the basics of giving tours and tastings. After a few months, she started helping out in the distillery little by little and just transitioned over a period of time.

Here are some more Q and A’s to get to know Liz!


Q: How long did it take you to become a Distiller?

A: I’ve been working on that since I got here. Still am. Anybody can learn the basics and how to distill something, but distillers take something and make it their own. I’ll always be learning how to do that better.


Q: How do you feel about being the only female distiller?

A: I’m certainly not. But here I am, it just happens to be that way, that’s all.


Q: What’s the best part about your job?

A: It’s always changing and never boring! Plus I get to wear overalls to work every day.


Q: What is your favorite MB Roland product?

A: Rye Whiskey.


Q: Do you have a favorite cocktail made from MB Roland products?

A: A Sazerac is my go-to.


Q: Of all the distillery animals, who is your favorite?

A: Normally I am a dog person through and through, but here, it’s Silo the cat. He’s simply misunderstood. He’s moody and avoided sometimes because he’s not socially appropriate. I can relate to that.


Q: When giving a tour, what is the most asked question about the distillery?

A: Do you sample the product all day? And the answer is yes… I mean, no.


Lastly, congratulations to Liz and her husband, who tied the knot on Saturday, October 24th! She ended our Q&A by saying, “We are living happily ever after on our family farm with our dog, Tip.”

Find more information on our MB Roland products here.

MB Roland Distillery is a completely “grain to glass” craft distillery located in Pembroke, KY. We use local white corn to hand make each of our products ranging from our very unique “distillation & barrel proof” Kentucky Bourbon to our naturally-flavored Kentucky Pink Lemonade. For more information, stop by and visit us or visit our website today.