A Taste of Freedom

October 12, 2017


In the summer of 2015, U.S. Special Forces veterans Scott Neil and John Koko and their friend Elizabeth Pritchard spent a month in Yellowstone National Park taking advantage of the natural wonders that surrounded them - climbing the nearby Grand Tetons, trekking for 10 days across the landscapes and riding a Mule Train through the park. During their adventures out west, the trio happened upon Grand Teton Distillery and came to know the owners who “really had a passion for their vodkas and their products,” recalled Scott. Inspired by their visit, they decided to route their drive back to Tampa via every craft distillery they could find along the way.

“They [the craft distilleries] were owned by families or friends, and each had a similar story,” explained Scott. “There was a passion and purpose behind the business.” By the time the three returned to Tampa...

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