WhiskyFest Chicago Speaker Chris Fletcher
Assistant Master Distiller
Jack Daniel Distillery
Chris Fletcher is the assistant master distiller at the Jack Daniel Distillery and a native of Lynchburg, Tennessee. Chris comes by his passion for Jack Daniel’s naturally as he is the grandson of retired Master Distiller Frank “Frog” Bobo (1966-88). After earning a degree in chemistry, Chris joined the Jack Daniel Distillery as a tour guide in 2001 and gained a complete knowledge of production at Jack Daniel’s including milling, mashing, fermenting, distillation, mellowing and maturation, all passed down first-hand by his grandfather.
After his stint in Lynchburg, Chris worked for Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky on Jack Daniel’s quality control. Following two years of gaining valuable experience working for distilleries across North America, Chris returned to the Jack Daniel Distillery in 2014 where he utilizes his sensory skills and extensive knowledge of the whiskey making process while providing support for Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett.