OUR STORY

& ABOUT

On a ski trip in the Alaskan backcountry, three close friends capped off each day drinking whiskey and cocktails at a local craft distillery while meeting new friends and sharing stories about their wild adventure.

Getting off a helicopter surrounded by sheer drop-offs with one steep & deep line down makes for a thrilling story. Sharing stories of those runs and drinking whiskey went hand-in-hand each night, and the duality of enjoying whiskey with friends while sharing experiences created the inspiration to start Mythology Distillery.

On a ski trip in the Alaskan backcountry, three close friends capped off each day drinking whiskey and cocktails at a local craft distillery while meeting new friends and sharing stories about their wild adventure.

Getting off a helicopter surrounded by sheer drop-offs with one steep & deep line down makes for a thrilling story. Sharing stories of those runs and drinking whiskey went hand-in-hand each night, and the duality of enjoying whiskey with friends while sharing experiences created the inspiration to start Mythology Distillery.

Founded by three Colorado natives that seek out experiences through travel and adventure, we love to share and hear stories from others. Our philosophy is that we each form our own Mythology through travel, connecting with others and our experiences. It’s based on this that we named the distillery Mythology.

Inspired by the Alaska trip, Scott Yeates returned with a passion to start Mythology Distillery as a brand that invokes conversation and brings community together. Leveraging years of experience that our production team gained from other successful distilleries, our team has developed a portfolio of products that have won more than 50 awards in 2 years, including best in class, double golds and gold medals.

Started as a passion and brought to reality by hard work we have built Mythology, named Colorado’s Top Distillery consecutively and our spirits have won more than 50 domestic and international awards.

We welcome you to the Mythology community and hope our spirits will compliment some of your best experiences!

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ENVIRONMENTAL

SUSTAINABILITY

We care about our planet.

We source ingredients locally and as Coloradans that value our backyard playground, we have implemented sustainable manufacturing processes to do our part in preserving our planet.

Those processes include a closed loop gas boiler system that pumps condensate back to the heat source for reuse, a closed loop chiller that recirculates chilled water, water conservation measures that save up to 500 gallons per batch, repurposing our spent grain for cattle feed, utilizing recycled glass and paper products for packaging, composting or recycling 90% of all waste at the production and bar facility as well as many additional measures.

MYTHOLOGY

TEAM

Scott Yeates - Mythology Distillery Founder and President
Founder & President

Scott Yeates

Chris Ritenour
Head Distiller

Chris Ritenour

Andy Izeluk
National Sales Director

Andy Izeluk

Jeff Johnson - Denver Sales Manager
Colorado Sales Manager

Jeff Johnson

Emily Clark
Montana Brand Ambassador

Emily Clark

Victoria Moran
Colorado Springs Sales Representative

Victoria Moran

Facilities Manager

Tim Gan

Alex Benton
Tasting Room Manager

Alex Benton

Nathan Wilson
Bartender & Brand Ambassador

Nathen Wilson

Founder & President

Scott Yeates

Scott Yeates founded Mythology Distillery based on a combined passion of spirits, manufacturing and bringing people together. Inspired while on a backcountry ski trip in Haines, AK, Scott identified an opportunity to create a high quality spirits brand synonymous with creating and sharing experiences. Scott is President of Mythology Distillery and oversees the vision, growth and branding for the company while contributing to the spirits production.

Scott founded and is President of SW Development Group, an affordable housing development firm that has developed more than 600 units of workforce housing units in Colorado. Prior to SW Development, Scott developed  multiple ground up market-rate multifamily and commercial developments.

Scott, his wife Lauren and dogs Telle & Whiskey live in Steamboat Springs, CO where he is an active mountain biker and skier.

Spirit of Choice:
“Aside from Mythology, I find a new Colorado spirit to enjoy each month”

Cocktail of Choice:
“A Gin and Tonic”

Head Distiller

Chris Ritenour

As Head Distiller of Mythology, Chris Ritenour leads Mythology’s production team in the distillation and blending of our craft spirits. Chris brings a deep love for both the history and the art of distillation and blending to Mythology Distillery. That love was sparked by a curiosity about absinthe initially but soon spilled over into gins, brandies, and of course, whiskeys.

Chris was born in Indiana but spent most of his life in Southern California. Distillation brought him back to the Midwest where he started his career with Blaum Bros. Distilling Company. As Head Distiller at Blaum Bros., Chris contributed to being recognized as a nationally renowned award-winning brand. In early 2019 Doc Porter’s Distillery brought him to North Carolina where he spent two years before joining the Mythology team to lead production.

When he is not at the distillery Chris can usually be found with his wife Victoria and daughter Imogene. He enjoys history, cocktails, beer, and reading.

Favorite Drink:
“Last Word (or most anything with Chartreuse for that matter…)”

Favorite spirit to make/why:
“Absinthe. It was the first spirit I fell in love with, it’s the one that opened the world of distillation to me, and it will always have a special place in my heart.”

National Sales Director

Andy Izeluk

Andy Izeluk manages the overall distribution of Mythology Distillery’s Whiskey, Gin and Vodka portfolio outside of the Colorado market. His work establishes close relationships with local and regional distributors to expand the Mythology brand and make it easier for customers to enjoy Mythology’s spirits. In addition to managing national distribution, Andy contributes to the company’s growth in Colorado by facilitating the strategy in our home market.

Over the past eight years, Andy excelled in his roles and was promoted to leadership positions at Breakthru Beverage. He held multiple sales & distribution roles in Wisconsin and most recently his home state of Illinois. Andy contributed to the launch and management of Breakthru’s Trident Division, Breakthru’s craft spirits sales team. Most recently Andy managed Breakthru’s largest supplier relationship Brown-Forman in the Illinois market. Through Andy’s passion of building craft brands, and the understanding of the distributor network, he is instrumental in building the Mythology brand.

During his spare time Andy is likely training for his next marathon or triathlon race, and as a trained chef he hosts gourmet feasts for friends and family.

Favorite Drink:
“Manhattan Straight Up”

Person to have whiskey with:
“JK Rowling – would love to pick her brain about her career and what new material she has coming out!”

Colorado Sales Manager

Jeff Johnson

With a passion for all things beverage related, Jeff Johnson brings over seven years of beverage sales, brand building, and account management experience in the Denver Metro market. What started out a passion for wine and wine making quickly turned into a passion for craft beer and then again into craft spirits. What drives Jeff to brands is their unique stories and processes and the passion put behind them to make them great.

Prior to Mythology, Jeff was the Market Manager for Great Divide Brewing Company, an industry leader in the CO craft beer community.

A St Louis native, Jeff enjoys St Louis Cardinals baseball, and is an avid snowboarder, hiker, climber, and music lover. While not working to provide Colorado with some of the best spirits the state has to offer, Jeff can be found getting into the backcountry with his wife Allison and dogs Lady and Georgie, putting up a hammock, drink in hand, and staying there for as long as possible.

Spirit of Choice:
“Rye Whiskey”

Cocktail of Choice:
“Multiple Sazeracs” 

Montana Brand Ambassador

Emily Clark

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Emily’s heart always called her to the mountains of Montana. A lifelong lover of music, Emily started an all-women’s production company specializing in kids-geared music festivals upon her arrival in Whitefish, Montana.

In a stroke of great luck, Emily opened for members of the String Cheese Incident and was pulled to Denver, CO and performed at Red Rocks, The Gorge, Fillmore as well as Mythology Distillery.

Emily’s performance at Mythology led her to become a bartender and brand ambassador for the company. Emily hit the road in 2020 while the Mythology bar was closed to test the market and see if she could expand Mythology’s footprint to her “forever home” in Montana. She was wildly successful in promoting Mythology, returned back to Denver to convince the team and is now our Montana brand ambassador based in Whitefish, MT.

Emily blends her passion for music, the outdoors, people, and mixology while representing Mythology and selling our spirits in MT.

Spirit of Choice:
“Tequila”

Cocktail of Choice:
“Violet Beauregarde”

Colorado Springs Sales Representative

Victoria Moran

Victoria was born in California and raised an AirForce brat, moving across the country including to Colorado Springs. She moved back to the Springs in 2015 because she loves everything about this community. After starting at the Broadmoor, she started bartending and has followed her passion and love for the profession to grow in the industry. While not selling Mythology, Victoria is behind the bar at The Rabbit Hole crafting some amazing cocktails.

While not behind the bar or connecting with our customers, Victoria is likely camping or snowboarding. And in her words, “one of the best things about Colorado and mountain towns, are the seemingly endless possibilities for breweries and distilleries; which I clearly have an affinity towards!”

My Favorite cocktail to make:

A Ramos Gin Fizz

Facilities Manager

Tim Gan

As a lifelong musician, Tim was drawn to Denver because of its thriving live music scene and his love for the mountains. Tim was introduced to Mythology Distillery as a bartender at Steamboat’s Winter Wondergrass festival as Mythology was the Whiskey sponsor. Tim’s role at Mythology is to primarily manage our facilities and assist with the production of whiskey blends. Outside of work, you’ll likely find Tim with his dog Riley finding adventure in the mountains or seeing his favorite bands at one of Colorado’s beautiful outdoor venues.

Favorite Spirit:
“Whiskey”

Favorite Festival Cocktail:
“A whiskey lemonade to beat the heat at High Sierra Music Festival”

Favorite Festival worked:
“Bartending the main stage at Winter Wondergrass in Steamboat Springs. I was able to enjoy some of my favorite bands while working and it is where I discovered Mythology!”

Tasting Room Manager

Alex Benton

Alex was born in Oregon, raised in Kansas and loves living in Colorado. In Minneapolis is where Alex fell in love with the craft beer spirits industry. During a five-year period, Alex opened and operated multiple successful craft beer and craft cocktail based concepts. He moved to Colorado to leverage his experience in craft spirits & beer while enjoying the mountains and sunshine he missed in MN.

Alex most recently led operations at Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales after moving to Denver in 2018 to be the GM at Los Chingones..

When away from the tasting room, you can find Alex at the park playing chess, barbecuing on his patio and snowboarding or hiking in the mountains.

Bartender & Brand Ambassador

Nathen Wilson

Wilson has been at this game called life since 1991, and been high rolling since!! His Journey started in the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY near Rochester. Wilson was very lucky in the people that shaped his life with fun, crazy and unique skills; Art, Music, Motorcycles, Hot Air Balloons, Trips, and the most important, raising a glass to celebrate the moment…to celebrate whatever adventure was conquered!! After Art School in 2013, Wilson was left with where/what to do next? A lot of friends said Colorado, so he packed up the wagon and moved out West! Its out here where he has built his career in the whiskey world, and even led him to build his own business.

Making people happy and either being a part of their celebration or creating one for them has always been Wilson’s oldest pursuit. It’s no wonder that’s how he ended up at Mythology!