Our Story


Pocomo (“Poco”), Miacomet (“Maya”), and Madequecham (“Maddie”) are our true founders, the spirit of our distillery and inspiration. Oh, and there are some humans involved as well.


Christopher started making beer in 1989 when he
co-founded the Old Detroit Brewing Co., in Detroit, Michigan. Old Detroit was sold to the Frankenmuth Brewery in 1991 and after spending 20+ years in
the technology industry he started moonshining in his backyard in San Francisco and developed a love for making Whiskey, Rum, California Brandy, and Vodka.


Minott started following in the footsteps of his great-great grandfather, Henry Weinhard, the Pacific Northwest brewing pioneer, when he founded McKenzie River Corporation in the late 1980’s. He has been creating
beer and spirits ever since.


Michael is the co-founder of M Squared Spirits. He has stepped out from behind the bar to connect to a wider audience with his best and most popular recipes. M Squared Spirits bottles beautifully balanced, artisanal cocktails that allow everyone to enjoy the delicious end-product of a recipe carefully crafted by a master mixologist. Bartender Emeritus at The Alembic in San Francisco, Michael teaches mixology classes for corporate team-building events, covering everything from gin to mezcal and tiki to avant-garde. Michael’s work has been featured in Food & Wine, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and on The Today Show. Michael is lending his talents to Fat Labrador as a new co-founder.