Jack Daniel’s has announced that Lexie Phillips has been named Assistant Distiller, making her the first woman to serve in that official capacity for the iconic Tennessee Whiskey brand. Phillips will serve as a collaborator with Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Chris Fletcher.
Lexie Phillips, who has worked in Lynchburg for more than seven years, previously worked in Jack Daniel’s quality control and distillery operations, most recently serving as distillery lead operator. In her new role, she will support the overall quality and innovation of Jack Daniel’s from “grain to glass” and serve as a brand ambassador.
“I am honored to step into the role of Assistant Distiller and look forward to working alongside and learning from Chris and the best whiskey makers in the world,” said Phillips. “Making Tennessee Whiskey has been my life’s passion, and I am grateful to be able to inspire a new generation of women to follow in my footsteps.”
Born and raised just outside of Lynchburg, Tennessee, Phillips is one of dozens of family members who have worked or currently work at the Jack Daniel Distillery. She played a pivotal role in the distillation and launch of the recently released Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye.
“Lexie brings a deep knowledge of distillery history and a natural talent for whiskey-making to her new position,” said Chris Fletcher. “She represents the future of our craft, and I am thrilled to now have her by my side as we work together to ensure the highest character and quality of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.”
Phillips earned her degree in agricultural science from Middle Tennessee State University. Lexie and her husband Josh, who also works at the distillery as a processor, live in Estill Springs, TN.
Back In October, it was announced that Chris Fletcher will take over the reins as Master Distiller. In September, Jack Daniel’s announced Jeff Arnett would be stepping down after 12 years at the helm.