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Our Story

Penelope Bourbon was crafted and created in a classic American tradition – to celebrate an impending birth of a child. In 2018, Mike Paladini and his wife, Kerry, found out they were expecting a baby girl, Penelope.  To commemorate this occasion, Mike quickly realized he wanted to create a spirit that embodied the daily joy of celebrating life’s pleasures – big and small. 

Teaming up with his close childhood friend and neighbor, Danny Polise, they set out to discover and produce a Straight Bourbon Whiskey everyone could appreciate and enjoy. A company was born.

Today, Penelope Bourbon is sold in over 23 states nationwide and 4 countries. Proving that with enough love and care, and hardwork, anything is possible.

Meet the Penelope Bourbon Team

We believe a team should be, well, a team – collaborating and working together to accomplish great things. It’s the best way to work, and the most fun. From our founding team to our newest hires, along with our Penelope Bourbon Ambassadors and family of taste testers, we’re an eclectic group of Bourbon enthusiasts and weekend warriors. We possess a certain joie de vivre and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Michael Paladini

    CEO & Founder

  • Daniel Polise

    COO & Founder

  • Kerry Paladini

    Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder

  • Jayce Chavez

    Vice President, Production

  • Bridget Fitzgerald

    General Manager

  • MGP Ingredients, Inc

    Penelope Bourbon is distilled at MGP's historic Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery. The distillery was founded in 1847.

  • Castle & Key

    Nestled on 113 acres of rolling hills in a castle that holds more than a century of distilling history, Castle & Key blends and bottles Penelope Bourbon under the direction of Mike Paladini and Danny Polise.

  • Speyside Cooperage

    Since 1947, the family owned Speyside Cooperage has produced the finest casks from the best American Oak. Speyside assists Penelope Bourbon in sourcing unique oak casks for Penelope Bourbon finishes.