Podcast: From Navy Admiral to Starting a Distillery Business with Scott Sanders

Mar 27, 2020

Scott Sanders (USNA ’80) is the owner of Tobacco Barn Distillery, a true ground-to-glass distillery bringing the best whiskies, bourbons and rums to the Maryland area. Their signature “Constellation Rum” is fermented, double-distilled, and sealed in four bourbon barrels for an embarkation aboard the U.S.S. Constellation in Baltimore, Maryland. Pretty cool story!

In this episode, Scott and I discuss:

  • How they grew their business to sell their products in over 20 liquor stores in the Maryland area and their plan to expand into other states
  • How their farm uses a combination of solar, geothermal, and heat recovery systems as part of their commitment to protect Southern Maryland’s environment
  • Fun stories about how he used bourbon as a bargaining chip with foreign officers while serving in the Navy

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"Proudly crafting handmade, locally sourced and environmentally conscious bourbon, whiskeys and rum in America's birthplace of bourbon."


Tobacco Barn Distillery | 24460 Hollywood Road | Hollywood, MD

(240) 243 9151

Wed-Fri: By Appointment

Sat: 11-5

Sun: 11-4


Interested in Sponsoring?

Want to see your logo on one of the drop tanks holding the Bourbon Barrels? Want to get a demo flight in an L-39 Jet? Want to be there for the day of the flight and sit in the Harrier cockpit? We have sponsorship packages ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. Send us an email and let us know if you’re interested. We will curate a sponsorship package for you depending on what helps out your business AND the Semper Fi and America’s Fund – supporting our nation’s combat injured, wounded and ill as well as their families.

Pre-Order Your Bottle

Are you interested in the first Bourbon to be aged at 700 MPH? Send us your name and contact information if you’d like to be notified when the bottles are ready. We expect by the summer 2021. Limit one bottle per customer (we’ll get less than 600 bottles total). Must be 21 years old and ONLY available for pickup at Tobacco Barn Distillery, Hollywood MD. Expected price ~$145 per bottle.