Mike's reference to a woman distiller in the early 1800's got me wondering: are there any female distillers or assistant-distillers in the industry today? If there aren't, were there any in, say, the 20th century? The matter of bourbon seems kind of alpha male in orientation but this shouldn't exclude the possibility of female involvment. After all, brewing, an activity related to distilling, was traditionally (way back) a female activity. To this day, a number of breweries are owned or were founded by women (New Belgium Brewing and Stoudt Brewing are two examples of modern microbrewers partly founded by women).