Meet the Team » Mel Heim
Executive Vice President of Operations - Master Distiller/Blender
Mel has been involved in the crafts spirits industry for over a decade starting as an assistant to the distiller at Rogue Ales & Spirits at the young age of 25. She has served as our Master Distiller & Blender since June 2012 and was appointed our Executive Vice President Operations in November 2016. Ms. Heim co-founded and served as president of the Clear Boots Society, an organization that supports women’s leadership in the spirits industry from 2008-2011. She is a currently involved as a steering committee member for Women of the Vine and Spirits, former board member and treasurer for the national Women’s Distillers Guild, serving VP of Portland’s Distillery Row, a member in good standing with the American Distilling Institute since 2014, a member in good standing with the American Craft Spirits Association since 2014, was named as one of the beverage industry’s top 40 under 40 tastemakers in 2017 and holds certification in advanced blending, maturation and warehousing techniques for spirits. She has earned the company over 40 medals for flavor including prestigious Double Golds at the country’s most competitive contests, besting some of the industry’s largest brands. She is proud of the recently completed merger of that guild with the Women of the Vine and Spirits; a move that improves its focus on advocacy for women in the alcohol beverage industry. Mel believes in collaboration over competition and continues to mentor, be mentored and hone her skills as a producer and businesswoman.