Meet the TrOop
Christine Riggleman (Hooch Mama)
Christine Riggleman (@HoochMamaDistiller) 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.
Lauren Riggleman (Baby Hooch)
Lauren Riggleman (@BabyHooch) is the Assistant Distiller & 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. She joined her mother in the ABV Network’s Hall of Fame as the 39th inductee. Lauren is also teaching the first ever General Certificate in Distilling Course starting at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. Lauren currently resides in Massanutten, Virginia with her fiancé, Brant, and their three dogs.
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. 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, former CEO of a successful federal contracting company. Denver has been a huge advocate for small business rights, and that started his involvement in politics. He is now a congressman for the 5th district of the great state of Virginia. Denver's most important Silverback responsibility is being the world's preeminent "taste-tester" for all Silverback products. Denver is also an aspiring author and space traveler.
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 Pepsi and 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.
Abby Riggleman (Nugget)
Abby (@abbyriggles) is the Media Director and General Manager for Silverback's Pennsylvania location. Being the middle child of Denver & Christine, she has always been 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.
Danny McNew (Assistant to the Regional Manager)
Danny (@dannymcnew) 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.