Their home base is the old Genius Central building at 2232 5th Ave. S, a few blocks north of Tropicana Field, in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District.
“We liberated Iraq and Afghanistan in less time than it took us to find this building,” said Scott Neil, a retired Green Beret master sergeant. “And we are the guys who actually did it.”
Neil and three friends — former Green Berets Rob Schaefer, John Koko and Tyler Garner — have been working on the idea of a craft distillery for about 18 months. Other former Green Berets will be joining soon. It was a way to pursue a passion and, importantly for veterans, continue with a sense of mission, all while transitioning to civilian life.