Devils Creek Distillery is owned and operated by the Mendel family in Mammoth Lakes, California, 45 minutes south of Yosemite National Park. Avid skiers and hikers, John and Luan owned a home in Mammoth Lakes for fifteen years before making it their permanent residence in 2013.

In April 2017, John retired from a 41-year career in the automobile industry to pursue what Automotive News described as a “spirited retirement.” Long a lover of small-batch scotches and bourbons, John decided the time was right to enter the burgeoning craft distilling movement. You can read more about John’s automotive career in these articles at Bloomberg and the LA Times.

Devils Creek Distillery draws its name from Luan’s novel, Yard Sale, which is set in the fictional ski town of Devils Creek, California. Inspired by the unique and rugged beauty of the Eastern Sierra, the story focuses on the quirks and challenges of life in a ski resort. The town’s—and now the distillery’s—name is a mashup of local landmarks Devils Postpile National Monument and Mammoth Creek.

Devils Creek Distillery is a family endeavor. John and Luan’s son Clayton and his wife Aleksandra, who also live in Mammoth Lakes, work in the day-to-day operations of the distillery. Son Trevor and his wife Emily are also involved and bring an international component to the venture as they live in Australia.

We are proud to be the Eastern Sierra’s original, independent, artisan distillery.




Whiskey & Bourbon

It certainly doesn’t get more American than drinking caramel colored, smooth whiskey or bourbon (neat or on the rocks).

All bourbon is whiskey but not all whiskey is bourbon, so we’ll be offering our own versions of both. These products need to age beautifully in virgin oak barrels, so it’ll be a while before these are ready.


While we’re waiting for our whiskey and bourbon to age, we’ll be producing vodka made out of potatoes to make Poland proud.


We’ve been experimenting with some different types of molasses recently and one of them clearly stood out from the others. We’re excited to present a rum that will surprise and delight you at the same time.

Stay tuned as we add (or subtract) more products!


Tasting Room

We are currently building out our tasting room. We hope to open spring 2018, if all goes well.

Check back often for updates!


Questions? Comments? Want to say hi?

Email: info(at)devilscreekdistillery.com

Phone: 760-279-3670

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