It is with our deepest regret that we announce the passing of Dave Pickerell yesterday in San Francisco. At this time, the cause is unknown. Dave was in town for Whiskey Fest scheduled for this evening. You may not have met the man, but certainly if you are an American whiskey fan, you’ve tasted his handiwork.
Dave was the former master distiller at Maker’s Mark for fourteen years until 2008. After his departure from the brand, he went on to consult on whiskey brands such as WhistlePig, Hillrock Estate, and Corsair among dozens of others. Most recently, he worked on the brand Blackened with the rock band Metallica.
Dave had a gregarious spirit. His knowledge and enthusiasm about not just whiskey, but life itself was infectious. He may no longer be with us, but he’s forever changed the game in this industry and we whiskey fans cannot be more grateful for that. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. Thank you, Dave. Rest well.