Manifest was founded on the principle that a synced-up team of like minds can function to create a truly great vision. This founding principle came about naturally when establishing our team, comprised of David Cohen, Scott Kennelly, Trey Mills and Tom Johnson. These four gentlemen conspired to bring all their prior experiences together to form what is now Manifest.
Coming from two generations of food, beverage and hospitality entrepreneurism, it was an easy choice for David Cohen to pioneer this trip into distillation. Beginning with a personal background in film, television and publishing, and then trained in distillation by famed brew school The Siebel Institute and distillers in Kentucky and elsewhere, David brings a diverse skill set to this traditional industry. Pulling from his family history and personal experience, he was inspired to dive into the resurgence of craftsmanship in America.
Manifest celebrates the best of what America has to offer, from the American-made distillation equipment by Vendome Copper and Brass, Custom Metalcraft and US-FIP, to the grains sourced from a network of co-ops throughout the United States. Manifest works with numerous consultants, including renowned distiller Dave Pickerel, veteran engineer Pete Kamer, distiller and chemist Tripp Stimson, Koval distiller/owner Robert Birnecker, former Brown-Forman executive Steve Thompson and former Tuthilltown R&D maven Joel Elder. After two-and-half years of research, internships, distillation courses and product research, Manifest is ready to spill its first drop.