Growing up in the Upstate New York countryside provided a childhood of outdoor fun and adventure for Class of 1976’s John George.  He spent much quality time with his father, John, his three uncles, Ray, Joe and Bob, and later his “Fifth Father”, Giovanni.  John’s first retail sales lesson as a stock boy in a local pharmacy inspired him to become a Registered Pharmacist.  In Pharmacy School, he took a course on spirits, manufacturing and proofing.  Little did he know at the time he would be putting that experience into future practice at his Five Saints distillery (www.fivesaintsdistilling).

A facility set to open in 2015, John and long time friend, Jay Rachelli, have developed a unique micro-distillery producing premium spirits in honor of five great men, embracing the values of brotherhood, sisterhood, community and family.

According to John’s website, “Life can be an adventure, if you let it be. Every twist and turn puts us onto a path that courage and sense of heritage enable us to experience. Over time we gain the vision to see the inter-connections.  If we’re lucky we experience the best that can be amongst family and community.  It is in honor of five men who have given so much that we have established Five Saints Distilling and International Spirits LLC.”

Visit Five Saints Distilling on the web or in person at 129 East Main St. in Norristown, PA and please join us in congratulating our fellow Alumni, John George for his ambition and accomplishment.

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