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Dr. Pat Heist

Wilderness Trail Distillery, Ferm Solutions
Co-Founder, Co-Owner
Danville, KY
Dr. Heist is well known in the fuel and beverage ethanol industries for his problem solving skills relative to the microbiology and biochemistry of fermentation and overall process experience. Education includes B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in Plant Pathology and microbiology-related fields. Heist currently serves as Co-Owner and Chief Scientific Officer for Ferm Solutions, Inc. based in Danville, Kentucky, a provider of yeast and fermentation products, technical support and training to the fuel and beverage ethanol distilleries.

Dr. Heist and his research team collaborate with industrial and academic partners on projects related to controlling bacterial contamination during ethanol production and yeast strain selection and improvement. In 2013, Ferm Solutions expanded its operations and formed Wilderness Trail Distillery, which produces a variety of craft-distilled spirits including Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskies, Blue Heron Vodka and Harvest Rum. Wilderness Trail Distillery won Kentucky Manufacturer of the Year in 2016 and is one of the fastest growing premium bourbon whiskey companies in the world.