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The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Dark Horse Distillery

Casey Woods by Casey Woods, Executive Director | April 17, 2015

This is the final blog post in a 6 part series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that lead up to the event tomorrow!

Damian Garcia is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Dark Horse Distillery.

Q: What can you briefly tell us about Dark Horse Distillery?

A: We’re a family owned and operated, grain to bottle, craft distillery that began in 2010.

Q: What has your experience been like at previous Taste of Emporia events?

A: We’ve had a blast being able to talk with all the folks and showcasing our offerings along side other local vendors.

Q: What products should this year’s participants expect from you? Anything new?

A: We will be showcasing our current line up (Rider Vodka, Long Shot White Whiskey, DHD Reserve Bourbon and DHD Reunion Rye) with the addition of our Special Release Reunion Rye Barrel Strength.

Q: What new products do you have coming available that we should know about?

A:  Still in the planning / experimenting phases, but we’re hopeful there will be a new addition before the year is up.

About the Author

Casey Woods, Executive Director

Before accepting the director position in March of 2009, Casey worked in both retail and agricultural jobs in the family businesses. A lifelong resident of the Emporia Area, Casey was a ten year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time he served as the board president and chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Casey also serves as a partner in PlaceMakers, LLC, a consulting firm that routinely works with both large and small communities, and their businesses, to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. He has been involved in two projects that included crowdfunding as a part of their overall business funding strategies, Radius Brewing and Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet Shoppe.


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