The founders of Dalesmen come from successful careers in the Department of Defense IT sector. They were fortunate enough to be working for the U.S. Government in the United Kingdom where they all met and became close friends. The idea for the distillery came to Derek and Nate as they took a much needed “guys” weekend to explore Scotland and visit a number of distilleries. With each new distillery they visited, they learned more and became even more inquisitive. The process is simple using only three ingredients (water, grains, yeast), yet the outcomes are so vastly different. During their eight hour drive back to their Yorkshire homes from Scotland, they decided to start investigating how they could open their own distillery.
A few weeks later, Mike was brought into the scheme as the excitement couldn’t be contained amongst these friends. Mike brought his love of beer which sprouted the idea for a combined distillery and brewery – the perfect combination!
You may be wondering why Bedford, PA was chosen for their location. We have Mike to thank for that gem. Part of Mike’s family comes from Bedford and with the incredible setting, friendliness, and history, it couldn’t have been anywhere else.
Bedford has a storied past that drew us in! You can learn more about Bedford and see why we are so drawn to this wonderful town.
In May of 2019, the original Dalesmen co-founders, Derek, Nate, and Mike announced the official establishment of the new Dalesmen Ventures LLC. This was important as it established two new co-founders - Nick and Sara Letzo.
Nick and Sara are the founders and owners of 10/09 Kitchen and Nicks Sandwich Shop in Bedford, PA. After getting Sara's help on business matters and tasting Nick's food, we all knew it was a perfect match!
We are so excited they have joined our team! We look forward to being able to provide our customers with craft beer, spirits, and whisky and NOW, Nick's delicious food!