Excerpt from 2017 We Don’t Coast magazine. Photo by Bill Sitzmann.

From the unique, canteen-inspired bottles to the brand name – Soldier Valley Spirits – they all serve as a toast to our nation’s veterans.

“One of the big things we’re about is giving back by teaming up with veterans groups. It’s just the right thing to do,” says Jeff Hadden, founder and owner of four-year-old Patriarch Distillers.

From its headquarters in Papillion, Patriarch produces award-winning Soldier Valley Whiskey, Soldier Valley Vodka and Solider Valley True American Bourbon. (It also hosts tours and live music events on-site.) Jeff has spent years perfecting his craft, taking classes and making trips to whiskey hotbeds like Ireland and Kentucky where he got his two 50-gallon stainless steel stills.

“The stills are a little smaller than what you might see normally,” he says. “But that allows me to work with smaller batches and to monitor the quality.”

The canteen-style bottles – those are a throwback to Jeff’s four years in the Army Reserves.

“Every bottle is different,” he says, turning over one of the two-pound glass canteens and pointing out slight irregularities. “That’s by design. When I was in the Army, I always had a canteen with a dent in it.”

Supporting fellow veterans has been a company cornerstone from the beginning. Patriarch currently donates a portion of its profits to Airborne Demonstration Team and Soundz of Freedom, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping servicemembers, wounded warriors and their families.


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