Female Master Distiller Sips Success in Spirits Industry


Written by Robin L. Flanigan of AARP

October 12, 2020

Marlene Holmes grew up in Kentucky and never planned on leaving.

But when a new career opportunity came her way at age 62, she ditched retirement plans to hike and garden more and instead moved to Blanco, Texas. She couldn’t pass up an offer to work as master distiller for Milam & Greene Whiskey.

“Somebody told me years ago that you don’t retire ‘from’ something, you retire ‘to’ something to keep you going,” says Holmes, who worked as a distiller for Jim Beam for 27 years. “I thought it would be pretty cool to get in with a new upstart and help build it from the ground up.”

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