Meet the TrOop

 
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Christine Riggleman (Hooch Mama) 

Christine Riggleman is the CEO and Master Distiller of Silverback Distillery. Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, Christine married her high school sweetheart, Denver, at the age of 19. Shortly after, Denver joined the Air Force and their journey across the United States and far-off lands began. Christine earned a scholarship from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in 2000 but due to her husband's military career, she turned down the offer. Christine’s passion for culinary delights never wavered and eventually veered into the world of extraordinary spirits. She became fascinated with distilling on a tour of Ben Nevis Distillery in Scotland in 2012, and shortly after began researching distillation and maturation processes with Denver. In 2014, after a year and a half of strenuous planning, research and construction, Silverback Distillery opened its doors. Although Silverback has only been open since August of 2014, Christine’s spirits have racked up accolades, earning 16 international awards among numerous local and statewide awards. In 2014, she was named one of the top gin distillers in the United States through MSN.com, and in 2017 became the first person inducted into the ABV Network's Bourbon Hall of Fame.

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Lauren Riggleman (Baby Hooch) 

Lauren Riggleman is the General Manager for Silverback Distillery. A second generation distiller, Lauren received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 2015. In 2017, she received her Master's Degree in Fermentation Sciences: Brewing and Distilling from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. While spending a year in Scotland, Lauren became a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and spent time researching the similarities and differences between Scottish and American distilling and brewing practices. Lauren loves to get involved with all things whiskey on social media, and has appeared on the ABV Network's podcast The Bourbon Daily a number of times. Lauren currently resides in Massanutten, Virginia with her boyfriend, Brant, and their three dogs.

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Denver Riggleman (The Silverback)

Denver is co-owner of Silverback Distillery, husband to the indomitable Christine Riggleman and father to an extraordinary trio of daughters. Between splitting his time as a Department of Defense senior consultant and advocating for small business rights in his home state of Virginia, he assists in marketing and business practices for Silverback Distillery- and a touch of distilling.  Despite rumors to the contrary, Denver has never been an exotic dancer or movie star.  His occupations over the last twenty years include: USAF avionics technician, commissioned USAF Intelligence Officer and co-founder and former CEO of a successful federal contracting company.  Denver's other Silverback responsibilities range from authoring pithy social media posts and creating wonderful, esoteric ideas for advertising videos to being the world's preeminent "taste-tester" for all Silverback products.  Denver is also an aspiring author and space traveler.

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Brad Bridge (BABs) 

Brad is the Operations Manager for Silverback Distillery. He loves his job but hates pictures. Brad came on board near the birth of Silverback in 2014. His day-to-day tasks include all facets of production/management and relentlessly bothering Lauren (not enough hours in the day to do the latter job properly). Some of Brad's favorite hobbies include telling unsuspecting people not to step or drive on the grass and gratuitously indulging in candy consumption that would rival the likes of Willy Wonka himself. Lastly, Brad is the sole and four-time recipient of the Silverback Miss Congeniality Award. He is currently undergoing the process of being formally adopted by the Rigglemans. 

 

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Abby Riggleman (Nugget) 

Abby is the Media Director and General Manager for Silverback's Pennsylvania location. Being the middle child of Denver & Christine, she has always being fiercely driven to travel and explore the world.  After studying media arts and design at James Madison University, she and her husband, Daniel (Danny), made the journey to Scotland so she could complete her Masters in Film Directing at the University of Edinburgh. Abby is now responsible for Silverback's media and works on her own documentaries on the side. She also sells custom whiskey scented soy candles, Absolute Scents, that you can find at the distillery. The candles smell wonderful but are not safe to drink.

 

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Ivan Barry (Sparky) 

Ivan was born on a cold spring night, actually the blizzard of 93' if you were wondering. He does lots of different stuff that might or might not be important. He likes to draw, he likes to engineer stuff, and he is good at designing digital bottle photos. He also builds things sometimes, like the amazing bars in the lively upstairs speakeasy. He also attends University and likes to eat and drink often. Lastly, in Ivan's spare time, he likes to take ballet classes at the local YMCA and finishes his night with a nice warm bath surrounded by multiple lit whiskey-scented candles made by Absolute Scents. Fun fact---he bathes in a refurbished bath tub once used by bears at the local zoo. 

 Lilly Riggleman (Lilly Goat)   Lilly is the youngest of the three Riggleman daughters. She is currently completing her B.S in Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. She started working at Silverback at 17 years old as the "Designated Dish Washer" for Saturdays. Since then she has moved to the tasting room and the production area, recently becoming an apprentice distiller under her badass Hooch Mama. Her interests include rugby, gaming, and whiskey...and goats. She likes goats. If you are lucky, you can meet her Floofer named Chewie. He's a 150 lb Newfoundland who enjoys looking into your soul with his human eyes and giving you wisdom through his Doggo telepathy. 

Lilly Riggleman (Lilly Goat) 

Lilly is the youngest of the three Riggleman daughters. She is currently completing her B.S in Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University. She started working at Silverback at 17 years old as the "Designated Dish Washer" for Saturdays. Since then she has moved to the tasting room and the production area, recently becoming an apprentice distiller under her badass Hooch Mama. Her interests include rugby, gaming, and whiskey...and goats. She likes goats. If you are lucky, you can meet her Floofer named Chewie. He's a 150 lb Newfoundland who enjoys looking into your soul with his human eyes and giving you wisdom through his Doggo telepathy. 

 Danny McNew (Assistant to the Regional Manager)   Danny is the Assistant Operations Manager at Silverback's Pennsylvania location and cinematographer for the robust two-person media department. Danny started with Silverback while attending James Madison University in 2014. He has worked in the tasting room and now assists in daily operations for the distillery including production, bottling and front room management. Danny is the key cinematographer for Silverback marketing videos. He currently works in the Pennsylvania location where you can find him and his "nugget" of a bride, Abby. 

Danny McNew (Assistant to the Regional Manager) 

Danny is the Assistant Operations Manager at Silverback's Pennsylvania location and cinematographer for the robust two-person media department. Danny started with Silverback while attending James Madison University in 2014. He has worked in the tasting room and now assists in daily operations for the distillery including production, bottling and front room management. Danny is the key cinematographer for Silverback marketing videos. He currently works in the Pennsylvania location where you can find him and his "nugget" of a bride, Abby. 

 Madison Kelly (Super Woman)   Madison is the Event Coordinator and Sales Manager for Silverback Distillery. She is currently pursuing her BA in business management. She began working in the tasting room part time in May 2017 and quickly uncovered a long dormant passion for working with the public and the science behind distilling. This passion for drinking and watching people drink sparked her drive to be Silverback's events coordinator. Madison utilizes her position to advocate her stance on supporting small local businesses and giving back to the community. In her free time, Madison enjoys traveling and finding new things to do in the area.

Madison Kelly (Super Woman) 

Madison is the Event Coordinator and Sales Manager for Silverback Distillery. She is currently pursuing her BA in business management. She began working in the tasting room part time in May 2017 and quickly uncovered a long dormant passion for working with the public and the science behind distilling. This passion for drinking and watching people drink sparked her drive to be Silverback's events coordinator. Madison utilizes her position to advocate her stance on supporting small local businesses and giving back to the community. In her free time, Madison enjoys traveling and finding new things to do in the area.

 Ryan Blackwell (GQ Model)    His past is shrouded by tall tales and soft-spoken rumors. Some say he emerged fully-formed from a dark wood in Afton, with a fifth of whiskey at his hip, and others say he was found abandoned in an ancient, time-worn fermenter, but most agree he developed his chipper demeanor, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills in Loudoun County, Virginia, among a loving family. Ryan’s title at Silverback Distillery is Assistant General Manager - Poconos, but he has a hand in everything from tasting room management, marketing and media, to distillation and packaging. Despite not being really, really, ridiculously good looking, nothing makes Ryan happier than a chance to act like a GQ model and practice his looks (Blue Steel is definitely not the same as Le Tigra), but sometimes he has to settle for rugby, building computers and reading poetry.

Ryan Blackwell (GQ Model)  

His past is shrouded by tall tales and soft-spoken rumors. Some say he emerged fully-formed from a dark wood in Afton, with a fifth of whiskey at his hip, and others say he was found abandoned in an ancient, time-worn fermenter, but most agree he developed his chipper demeanor, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills in Loudoun County, Virginia, among a loving family. Ryan’s title at Silverback Distillery is Assistant General Manager - Poconos, but he has a hand in everything from tasting room management, marketing and media, to distillation and packaging. Despite not being really, really, ridiculously good looking, nothing makes Ryan happier than a chance to act like a GQ model and practice his looks (Blue Steel is definitely not the same as Le Tigra), but sometimes he has to settle for rugby, building computers and reading poetry.

 Matthew McAllister (Moonshine)  For nearly a quarter century, he's trudged from venue to venue in the rolling hills in and around Charlottesville, with a guitar strapped to his back, and a pensive smile etched across his face. Molded by the caress of the Blue Ridge Mountains and inspired by the song of the soft Virginia breeze, Matthew McAllister’s heart beats with Central Virginia. The Riggleman’s knew Matt’s talents could be applied to whiskey as well as music, and attempted to lure the bard away from the siren call of the six-string. He rebuffed them at every turn, that is until August of 2017, when Blackback Straight Bourbon was released, and Matt joined the Silverback Troop full-time as  assistant general manager  in Virginia. Apparently, all you need is bourbon to ply a bard.

Matthew McAllister (Moonshine)

For nearly a quarter century, he's trudged from venue to venue in the rolling hills in and around Charlottesville, with a guitar strapped to his back, and a pensive smile etched across his face. Molded by the caress of the Blue Ridge Mountains and inspired by the song of the soft Virginia breeze, Matthew McAllister’s heart beats with Central Virginia. The Riggleman’s knew Matt’s talents could be applied to whiskey as well as music, and attempted to lure the bard away from the siren call of the six-string. He rebuffed them at every turn, that is until August of 2017, when Blackback Straight Bourbon was released, and Matt joined the Silverback Troop full-time as assistant general manager in Virginia. Apparently, all you need is bourbon to ply a bard.

 Nick Guscott (Whiskey Seller)  Forged by a fiery accident when a rack of dumbbells fell from great height, engulfing him completely while he was in the middle of a max-weight bench press rep, Nick Guscott is the epitome of man infused with iron. When he’s not in the gym, Nick loves selling whiskey to the Troop’s lovely clients, building computers, meal prepping, and raising a toast with his best friends. But he’s at his best cookin’ it on the negative of a 10-rep drop set. He really likes lifting.

Nick Guscott (Whiskey Seller)

Forged by a fiery accident when a rack of dumbbells fell from great height, engulfing him completely while he was in the middle of a max-weight bench press rep, Nick Guscott is the epitome of man infused with iron. When he’s not in the gym, Nick loves selling whiskey to the Troop’s lovely clients, building computers, meal prepping, and raising a toast with his best friends. But he’s at his best cookin’ it on the negative of a 10-rep drop set. He really likes lifting.