Chris Cook

Founder, CEO

Chris wants to live in a world where spirits and cocktails distilled and crafted in Maryland harken back to a time before prohibition; where choices were plenty and uniformity was frowned upon—and dogs were welcome at work.

Chris brings twenty years of project and people management experience to the Blackwater Distilling team and a decade of expertise related to state and federal statutes ranging from excise tax to formula and label approvals. Active in local political circles, Chris spearheaded statewide legislation in 2012 with the help of local state representatives whose aim was to open the business doors for all Maryland distilleries to onsite tours, tastings, and sales.

Responsible for overall business operations, Chris is committed to making Blackwater Distilling a destination location for all who cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Jon Cook

Founder, COO

One of the two founders of Blackwater Distilling, Jon currently oversees production operations at the distillery while also managing sales and supporting marketing.

Jon worked for his first start-up straight out of college after being self employed as a teen and into his early 20’s. After nearly ten years in a start-up environment, he spent time with larger private sector organizations, NGOs, and a brief stint with the federal government. The one constant in his professional life has been small business, either as a day job or with Blackwater Distilling.

Jon has overseen production operations from concept through to support of ten+ product lines, with several more currently in development. A resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore for over a decade, Jon is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, MD with a B.A. in International Studies. During his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his family and friends, camping, motorcycles, cooking, and spending time with his Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Olive and Nana.