Master Distiller at Castle & Key
Raised and educated in Kentucky, Marianne Barnes took an unusual path from engineering to spirits. As a chemical engineering student at U of L, she was afforded the opportunity to intern at Brown -Forman, the maker of Woodford Reserve. In only 5 years she achieved the title of Master Taster as protege to master distiller Chris Morris, and was also recognized by Forbes as a 30 under 30 Honoree in Food and Beverage. In 2015, Barnes was invited to become a partner and Master Distiller in the bourbon start-up venture known as Castle & Key.