Stephen Gould is the Master Distiller and CEO of Golden Moon Distillery, located in Golden Colorado, USA. Golden Moon Distillery was founded in 2008 and currently produces a variety of whiskies, gins and other spirits which are sold in various major markets in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Gould has been distilling off and on for over 30 years. He is a member of the Board the American Distilling Institute, a member of the Board of the Colorado Distiller’s Guild, a member of the Craft Advisory Board of Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and a member of the American Craft Spirit Association (ACSA). He is the first American ever named a Warden of London’s Gin Guild. He is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, one of City of London’s Livery Companies, dating from the reign of King Charles I.
Mr. Gould is a consulting master distiller, and has supported distilleries in the US, UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East in that role. He also lectures and teaches courses on distillation, including whiskey/whisky production, the use of botanicals in the production of liquors and liqueurs, production of brandies and whiskies, craft-distillery start-ups and the history of spirits. He has lectured and taught classes for the American Distilling Institute, the London Craft Distillers Expo, various chapters of the United States Bartenders Guild, Tales of the Cocktail, Rome’s Jerry Thomas Project and a variety of other professional organizations. He also lectures on beverage fermentation and distillation at the Colorado School of Mines. He also writes for several industry trade publications, including Distiller Magazine and Artisan Spirit Magazine. He has been a spirits judge for over a decade and has judged Whisky/Whiskey, Gin, Rum, and Liqueurs for the IWSC, ADI, The World Drinks Awards and various other competitions.
Mr. Gould is also involved in legislative issues related to the spirits industry at the State and Federal levels. He is also called upon as a subject matter expert by various news outlets, including Time Magazine and CNN, among others.