Yesterday's Tradition,

Today's Mission

Like many Master Distillers, M. Gregory Pope continues a legacy started by his grandfather many years ago. Tucked away in the Ozark Mountains around Branson, Missouri, Greg’s grandfather began making small-batch spirits decades ago. He passed on his knowledge and passion to his grandson, giving birth to Missouri Ridge Distillery & Brewery, the area’s only grain-to-bottle distillery, and its first brewery. 

It’s the cool, quiet mornings when the fog rises from the trees to meet the mountains that Greg begins his batches of whiskey, moonshine, and other spirits. The deep limestone base of these hills creates some of the best water in the world. One of the key ingredients to the family recipes, the water has aided in creating distinct flavors and aromas, becoming known as the brand marker for Missouri Ridge Distillery. Missouri Ridge is achieving acclaim,  becoming Missouri’s most awarded distillery. The distillery was also featured in the episode “Whiskey Business” of the hit show “Moonshiners” on the Discovery channel.

A family-owned business, Greg and his wife, Jolie, invite you to join them as they sit back, watch the sunset unfold and sip on some of the country’s finest craft spirits and dine on the best BBQ you will ever eat. Mouthwatering yet? Visit us today.

MRD Takes top awards

March 20, 2017 – Missouri Ridge Distillery is pleased to announce that our distillery has won 5 medals at the 2017 Denver International Spirits Competition.  This annual competition is judged double blind by a prestigious panel of sommeliers and seasoned food and beverage professionals.  The Denver International Spirits Competition is one of only a handful of International Spirits Competitions Worldwide.

In 2017 more than 350 distilled spirits were judged over a two-day period. Entrants consisted of newly opened micro-distilleries to globally recognized brands.

Missouri Ridge Distillery entered 5 spirits, and won medals with each product:


Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey (Ultra-Premium) Small Batch Bourbon 10 years and younger 

American Single Malt Whiskey (Ultra-Premium) Independent merchant Single Malt


Howlin’ Hounds Moonshine (Premium) Sugar Cane Based Spirits


Howlin’ Hounds White Lightning (Premium) Sugar Cane Based Spirits

Howlin’ Hounds Corn Whiskey (Premium) Corn Whiskey

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