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Penelope Bourbon is a company that was crafted in the classic entrepreneurial tradition. Mike Paladini teamed up with his life long friend and childhood next door neighbor, Danny Polise. Both grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ. They began to embark on creating the highest quality Bourbon that everyone could enjoy and love.

Both found out in 2018 that their wives were expecting. Mike found out that his wife and him were having a baby girl. Her name would be Penelope. The day he found out they were having Penelope a light bulb went off. Mike wanted to bring together two things he loves so dearly – his soon-to-be baby girl, Penelope and Straight American Bourbon. A company was born.

Meet the Penelope Bourbon Team

We believe that a team should be, well, a team – collaborating and working together to achieve good things. We think it’s the best way to work, and the most fun. From our founder to our Penelope Bourbon Ambassadors to our newest hires, we’re an eclectic group of Bourbon lovers, weekend warriors and food enthusiast, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Mike

    CEO & Co-Founder

  • Danny

    COO & Co-Founder

  • kerry

    Creative Director

  • MGP Ingredients, Inc

    Penelope Bourbon is distilled at MGP's historic Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery. The distillery was founded in 1847 and purchased by Seagram in 1933.