Maggie is Head Distiller – Vice President, at Privateer Rum and currently a Masters of Wine student. She was the founder of the Denver Brewer’s League, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Craft Spirit Association and has the role of Judging Director for their annual spirits competition. She also serves on the Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s International Advisory Alumni Board.
Maggie first became interested in learning distilling in 2004 on a trip to Scotland and has since received her Diploma in Craft Distilling Technologies from the Siebel Institute, her Level IV Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and won the Denver Brewsters Women’s brewing competition. She previously worked as assistant distiller at Germain-Robin.
Under her guidance, and with the hard work of the team, every spirit from Privateer has received a 4-star rating from Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal except their revival-inspired Queen’s Share rum which has received the highest possible rating of 5-stars. In his review Pacult stated, “…flavor and quality heights rarely seen in domestic rums and only a handful of Caribbean region rums as it all comes down to perfect balance between alcohol, acidity, wood usage, and flawless distillation… Superstar master distiller Maggie Campbell now has established a new standard…”
Her advice for aspiring distillers, “Read all the books you can and knock on every distillery door you can get to. Having mentors with different philosophies gives you a whole world of tools to pull from.”