Our Team


Our Team


Jim Harris - Founder

Jim co-founded Bozeman Spirits in 2014 with his wife Mary Pat. Jim is an avid skier by winter and fisherman by summer. He moved to Bozeman in ‘92 to attend MSU (among other things) and hasn’t left the Gallatin Valley since. Jim has always been a big supporter of Montana industry and has a passion for local business and entrepreneurship.

Spirit of Choice - 1889 Whiskey


Mary Pat Harris - Founder

Mary Pat (or MP as we call her) co-founded Bozeman Spirits Distillery with her husband Jim in 2014. Mary Pat hails from Miles City and moved to Bozeman in 1990 to attend Montana State University. She has a passion for building Montana business, hoping to grow Montana jobs by supporting agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. She heads up all sales and marketing with liquor stores, vendors and restaurants. When off the road, she is busy with their 2 sons at school and sporting events, on the river and on the slopes, and constantly working with community non-profits.

Spirit of choice - Huckleberry Vodka


Thomas McGuane - Head Distiller

Thomas has been Bozeman Spirits Distillery’s head distiller since our inception in 2014. Thomas is originally from Paradise Valley, Montana, where he exclusively wore cowboy boots or went shoeless until reaching the 8th grade. Another Montana State alumnus, he is a master at his craft and is good at creating just about anything. Thomas is also known for making custom knives, and has been featured in magazines and news articles.

Spirit of choice - Prairie Schooner Rum


Cortney Bury - Distiller

Cortney has been a part of Bozeman Spirits Distillery since April, 2015. Cortney moved to eastern Montana from Washington when she was 11, and never made it back to the west side of the continental divide. She attended Montana State University, and graduated in 2014 with a degree in music technology. Outside of work, Cortney performs for the Bozeman and Helena Symphonies where she is better known as “The Red Bassist.”

Spirit of Choice - One of her own creations: Sidecar Rum Cream!


Erik Dayhoff - Tasting Room Manager

Erik has been with Bozeman Spirits Distillery since our opening in 2014. Erik moved to Bozeman from North Carolina in ‘92 and has been involved in the Montana restaurant and bar business since 1994. At heart, Erik is a Carolina beach bum who travelled to a mountain town for the past 27 years. He is a big music fan, and can be found at one of Bozeman’s local golf courses on his days off.

Spirit of choice - Prairie Schooner Rum


Will Connolly - Outside Sales & Marketing

Will, a recent MSU graduate, is one of the newest members of the Bozeman Spirits team. Will moved from Virginia to Montana in 2010 and never looked back. When he isn’t at the distillery or out on a sales trip, Will is probably out fishing or snowboarding depending on the season. He is a big fan of Widespread Panic.

Spirit of Choice - Ruby River Gin


Heather Kruger - Lead Bartender

Heather is the lead bartender in our tasting room. Heather is a Montana native and MSU alumnus. She joined the Bozeman Spirits team in 2016, and has taken on the lead bartending role in the tasting room. On her days off, Heather likes to float or go on a hike.

Spirit of Choice - Ruby River Gin


Sarah Bates - Event Marketing & Tasting Room Ambassador

Sarah has been with Bozeman Spirits since June of 2018. She currently attends MSU, does event marketing, and bartends in our tasting room. Needless to say, she is awesome! Like most of us at the distillery, Sarah is an adventurer and spends most of her free time in the outdoors.

Spirit of Choice - Ruby River Gin


Boston McDonald - Assistant Distiller & Bartender

Boston joined the team in 2018 after he moved to Bozeman from Missoula. Boston is a Montana native, originally from Plains. He has been involved in the Montana bar/restaurant business since 2004. Boston is the proud owner of a chinchilla. He also plays guitar and frequently performs solo concerts around the Gallatin Valley and Montana.

Spirit of Choice - Arrestado


Liz Christiansen - Tavern Keeper

Liz became the official Tavern Keeper of the Bozeman Spirits tasting room after Heather’s last vacation. Liz moved to Bozeman from Portland, Or in 2007 in search of higher education. Liz’s favorite bar in Bozeman is The Eagles. Liz is a crocheting wizard, and enjoys skiing, kayaking, and hanging out with her cat ‘Albert Enstein’.

Spirit of Choice - Ruby River Gin


James Patton - Assistant Distiller

James is the newest addition to our team at Bozeman Spirits. Originally from Reno, Nevada, James moved to Bozeman in 2011 for school. After graduating from MSU, James moved to Santa Cruz to pursue a career in biotechnologies. He quickly realized he missed the mountains and moved back to Bozeman to join the team at Bozeman Spirits.