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Lia Niskanen is dedicated to the power of storytelling and is a passionate whiskey advocate.

Lia is an Executive Bourbon Steward (Stave and Thief Society) and an Approved Course Provider for the Edinburgh Whisky Academy. An award-winning distillery visitor experience professional, she has a deep passion for whiskey history.


Most recently, Lia researched, wrote and developed the first distillery tour for Fort Hamilton Distillery at Industry City, Brooklyn. Prior to her contract with Fort Hamilton, she spearheaded the premiere public tour program for Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. As their first Manager of Tours and Events, Lia created and developed KCD’s onsite distillery tour, winning the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” in 2017, 2018, and 2019. At KCD, Lia executed a wide roster of other educational activities including private tours, tastings, classes, and large events. Pivoting during the pandemic shutdowns, she created a virtual whiskey tasting program for a range of corporate and private guests.


Before her tenure at Kings County Distillery, Lia developed and conducted day long tours of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for Mint Julep Tours in Louisville Ky, educating and entertaining guests with history and production information on such landmarks distilleries as Jim  Beam, Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, and Buffalo Trace.

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