Founder & Distiller
Growing up in the Upstate New York countryside provided a childhood of outdoor fun and adventure from nightly football on a neighbor’s farm and swimming with the cows to sledding on Baldy Mountain. John explored on a bike with one pedal (what Freedom!) and spent quality time with his Dad, three uncles and later Giovanni. His first retail sales lesson as a stock boy in a local pharmacy inspired John to become a Registered Pharmacist. In Pharmacy School he spent a day in one of the courses on spirits, manufacturing and proofing. Little did he know back then that he would be putting that experience into practice in the Five Saints Distillery.
Shortly after John pursued an MBA and entered the world of Pharmaceutical Marketing. It is there that he met Jay who at the time was focused on the Asia Pacific region. Jay recruited John to help with marketing and the two worked well together. It was a no brainer years later for John to recruit his close friend and mentor to help build Five Saints Distilling.
As John puts it “everything comes full circle and with time the future reveals itself.” Five Saints Distilling was developed as a unique micro-distillery producing premium spirits in honor of five great men, embracing the values of Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Community and Family. Five Saints is here to help revitalize a proud community and ensure that friends in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and around the world....."Share the Spirits!"
Amy is one of the owners of Five Saints and she is the glue that holds the distillery together. We work together on all facets of the business and she’s not afraid to push a broom, empty the waste or clean the restrooms among many other assorted tasks. Life can be an adventure and Amy sports that belief. Hey, behind every great distillery there is a strong, beautiful supportive woman! Thanks Amy!
Christy is another great bartender here at Five Saints and she is multi-talented. Besides being an Eagles Fan Christy is, just to name a few, a welder, mechanic, artist (Christy reconditioned the original painting done years ago in our Whiskey Bar ), and has expressed interest in learning how to craft spirits from milling to fermentation to distilling, proofing and bottling. If we can lock her down from her many daily activities you might just see future spirits distilled by Christy. In the meanwhile she had hand crafts great cocktails available at Five Saints!
Ben Roberts joined our team upon his return from Fort Collins Co. where he was bartender in "The Whiskey”, the third largest whiskey bar in the US. When we interviewed Ben we first said you’re hired and then asked him to tell us about himself. Ben has been with us almost from the start and he is an absolute valued member of the staff bringing many innovations and raising the bar on service. Ben is a great bartender, but don’t take our word, see for yourself. Come on in and have Ben create one of our signature cocktails and we’re sure you’ll agree he’s a professional! On his days outside of Five Saints he’s advancing his degree and involved in real estate. Go Ben!
Yes she’s an avid Eagles fan - Go Eagles! We first met Heather as a volunteer during one of our bottling parties. We were instantly taken by her warm personality and wit. When she said she was a bartender that made it all the better. Heather has been with us since the start back in 2016 and we’re looking forward to many more years of having Heather on the team. Go Eagles! Go Heather!
Not only a talented bartender but a great realtor as well. If your in the need to buy or sell a home Laura is one to talk to. If you'd like a great hand crafted cocktail served with a great smile visit Laura at Five Saints!
Founder & President of the American Distilling Institute
Bill Owens is the Founder and President of the American Distilling Institute. He is also a friend of ours at Five Saints Distilling. Although he is extremely busy, he found time to visit our distillery and enjoy our spirits. We thank Bill for his support of our distillery and distilleries through out the US and beyond. He was an early pioneer and continues to promote and support the art of Craft Distilling in many, many ways. See you again soon, our friend!
Bill "Iron Will" Bono
Plumber & HVAC Specialist
It wasn’t that long ago when we went to Duff Plumbing and we stated we needed a great plumber. They said call Bill Bono. Bill Bono who? we replied. We called and Bill joined the team as our plumber and HVAC specialist. He helped us with some initial distilling ad we quickly saw that he is a natural born spirits distiller. We promoted Will to be our Chief Fluids Engineer and Assistant Distiller. Since then he has been instrumental to our team. When you enjoy our Spirits think Will….Iron Will!
Owner of Beam Farms
Bill Beam of Beam Farms knows farming as he has come from a long line of experienced hardworking community oriented “landcrafters”. And he is a BIG supporter of Five Saints Distilling and small businesses in PA. Bill not only provides us with premium quality corn, rye and feedstock but is generous with advice and provides an abundance of knowledge that helps us in so many ways. Bill and I have become good friends and we think ahead to 50 years from now when our great grandchildren are working together. Thank you Bill and all of the Team at Beam Farms in Elverson, PA for all of the support.
Pete is a close consultant whom we met at Moonshine University back in 2013. Since then he has become a close friend who has helped us with everything from site and equipment selection, to start-up, trouble shooting and more. He is well qualified having started in distilling with Seagrams in 1978 and later Barton Distillery. After retiring, Pete opened his own organization Distillery Engineering to help start-up distilleries like Five Saints. We’re fortunate to have Pete’s expertise and Pete we thank you for your past, present and future support.
Web Developers & Professional Knuckleheads
We’re pleased to partner with the local advertising (and more!) organization, Knuckleheads Productions. Don’t let the name fool you as they are anything but, and love to poke fun at themselves. Josh and the team are "in tune" and "tuned in" to today’s trends and customers needs. They help successful businesses be successful!
Paul has over thirty years’ experience in providing consulting, taxation, and accounting services to U.S. and international clients. Having previously worked with Deloitte, he started his own accounting and consulting firm in 1987, now Maguire Hegarty LLC.
Liam has many years of experience providing accounting and consulting services to both public and private middle market clients. He began his career in the Philadelphia office of a large international accounting firm. He later became a Partner with a regional accounting firm before joining Maguire Hegarty LLC.