Our Story

Our Story

You might call us negociants. We don’t distill our whiskey. (Or at least not yet.) We gather it – from the best barrels of the finest independent distillers in Canada and the US. Then we blend and taste and blend again. It’s great work if you can get it.

Christopher Cohen

Christopher Cohen

Christopher owns a set of superhuman taste buds. Our Master Blender/Alchemist, he’s responsible for the flavor in every bottle, and the daring in each batch. It takes perfectionism, creativity and connections to craft a great whiskey, and Christopher has all of them in spades–he’s been working in food, wine and spirits for over 20 years. That depth of experience is part of what draws him to old whiskeys; he knows first-hand what a few more years spent knocking around the barrels can bring. His goal for every batch of Bender’s is to create an experience that satisfies not just the senses, but the spirit. Always with a wicked sense of humor and a signature kick of spice.

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Carl Bender

Carl Bender

Carl possesses the number one most important qualification for getting into the whiskey business: he’s obsessed with whiskey.You can feel the love in every moment of Bender’s, whether you’re sipping it neat from a hand-blown tumbler, catching the wink of a bottle on the shelf, or suddenly craving a sea-faring journey. In building the brand, Carl channels the maritime spirit of our home on Treasure Island, along with the salty water that surrounds it–he’s been learning how to sail and surf. Apart from designing, marketing, handling PR and tackling day-to-day logistics, Carl works on making his beard as glorious as possible.

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Stock Room

We ask you this: who doesn’t want a whale tank top? Nobody, that’s who. Head over to the stock room and get yourself outfitted and ready to sail.

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Availability

Bender's is currently available in California, Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Washington DC, and New York. Enter your postcode below to find a store or watering hole near you.