Cedar Ridge Distillery Announces Leadership Changes


January 5, 2024

Cedar Ridge Distillery Murphy Quint

Cedar Ridge Distillery announced the appointment of a new president and general manager, as well as a new Master Distiller.

Jamie Siefken will assume the role of president and general manager, while Murphy Quint (pictured) will assume the Master Distiller role. Quint also will continue in his role as Director of Operations, effective immediately. Quint becomes the second-generation Master Distiller. 

The announcement was made by Cedar Ridge Founder and CEO Jeff Quint.

“Building Cedar Ridge with my wife Laurie has been the greatest achievement of my career,” the elder Quint said in a news release. “We’re proud we’ve been embraced by the local Iowa community and that our products have won over the taste buds of whiskey enthusiasts across the country. We’re especially proud our son Murphy will take over as the second-generation Master Distiller and know that the distillery is poised for continued growth under an experienced executive team being led by Jamie Siefken.” 

Over the past several years, Cedar Ridge Bourbon has become the best-selling bourbon in Iowa, outperforming all other 750ml bourbons in terms of sales. Under Siefken’s leadership, the sales team has expanded the footprint at retail and is now available on and off premise in 32 states, through a strategic partnership with Chopin Imports Limited. During this time, Murphy has also expanded the portfolio with sought-after limited editions.  

“The growth of Cedar Ridge has been remarkable both as a brand and as a destination in Iowa and beyond,” Quint, who will remain CEO of the Swisher, Iowa, distillery, said.  

Under Murphy’s direction, the distillery has expanded its portfolio of award-winning bourbons and introduced The QuintEssential, one of the first American Single Malts launched and the winner of several double gold and gold medals.

“It’s an incredible honor to receive the title of Master Distiller,” Murphy Quint said. “While this badge bears my name, it wouldn’t exist without the unwavering support and dedication of the entire Cedar Ridge operations team. Their passion fuels mine, and together we’ll write a bold new chapter in our whiskey legacy.”

Learn more at CedarRidgeDistillery.com