SEPTEMBER 23–25, 2024

Heather Manley

Heather Manley
Owner, Crooked Water Spirits

Heather Manley created Crooked Water Spirits off an infatuation for spirits and love for growing idiosyncratic brands that radiate life, values, quality and passion. Her main passions in life are family, food and spirits and most anything she does focuses around these. She enjoys thinking out of the box when it comes to spirit development and cocktail creation, Heather handles this entire process opting for unique finishings and spirit forward cocktails that are balanced but also allow you to taste the beauty of the spirit.

Crooked Water Spirits was established in 2013, when there was no available distillery to partner with for contract distilling in Minnesota. Through many conversations with distilleries in the Midwest, we ended up partnering with Yahara Bay Distillery in Madison, WI.

Heather is passionate not only about creating a vibrant spirits company with soul but she is also the sole creator of all of CWS’s recipes. Yahara Bay Distillery not only aligns with our morals and ethics, but with over ten years in the industry, they have the finesse CWS needed to make our recipes and the scalability we desired for growth.

We prefer to keep our attention on our spirits and reinvesting in our barrel program which allows us to focus on innovation, high proofing and pushing boundaries.

Crooked Water Spirits is a 100% woman-owned company has been recognized nationally, receiving numerous awards for our exceptionally tasty innovative products. Let Our Spirits Raise Yours.™


Multi Award Winning Portfolio, Nationally Recognized

First CERTIFIED WBENC women-owned spirits company in US

Recognized as an Innovator in Spirits in Minnesota 10/2016 (Mpls/St. Paul Mag)

Official spirits on Sun Country Airlines

A part of Walmart’s 2018 multi-state rollout of Made In America Initiative.