Our Story

Founded by Irish native, Oliver “Ollie” Mulligan, Great Wagon Road Distilling Co is the oldest distillery in Charlotte, North Carolina and the first one to have it’s own speakeasy attached. Although Ollie is the first in his family to make legal spirits, three generations ago in the midlands of Ireland, Ollie’s grandfather Patrick Quinn began the family tradition of whiskey making, and in 2013, after a handshake and a few pints with a mate, Ollie Mulligan established Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. to carry on his family tradition of whiskey craftsmanship.
Our purpose at Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. is to continue in this tradition of celebrating passionate independents everywhere. With each meticulous and artfully crafted spirit produced, we seek to provide a spirit worth celebrating the passion and perseverance of both the original Great Wagon Road pioneers and contemporary trailblazers alike.

Our Team




Hailing from London, England, Ryan came to the states in 2014. Having spent all his working life in service, he switched to the adult beverage industry. He is proof that not everybody you talk to on Craigslist wants to lock you in their basement, as that’s where he connected with Ollie and became Employee Number One at GWR. Ryan can usually be found in a pool of sweat at the distillery during the summer months, or bundled under hoodies and scarfs in Charlotte’s short bursts of Winter.




Escaping the cold New England winters, Michelle relocated to Charlotte NC and immediately fell in love with the city and its craft beer and spirit scene. With over ten years of service industry and production experience, she is passionate about the hard work and time spent behind the scenes making great quality spirits.