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Dr. Pat Heist

Wilderness Trail Distillery, Ferm Solutions
Co-Founder, Co-Owner
Danville, KY

Dr. Heist is well known in the bourbon, beverage, and fuel alcohol industries for his expertise and problem solving skills relative to the microbiology, biochemistry of fermentation, and overall distilling process experience. Education includes B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in microbiology-related fields. Heist currently serves as Co-Owner and Chief Scientific Officer for Ferm Solutions, Inc. (http://ferm-solutions.net) based in Danville, Kentucky, a provider of fermentation products and technical support to the alcohol industry. Dr. Heist and his research team collaborate with industrial and academic partners on projects relating to controlling bacteria during alcohol production, and yeast strain selection and improvement.

In 2013 Ferm Solutions expanded its operations and formed Wilderness Trail Distillery, which produces a variety of distilled spirits including Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Blue Heron Vodka, and bourbon barrel-aged Harvest Rum.