I got into cooking when I was a kid. Instead of playing video games, I was making a mess in the kitchen. I got my first job at an Italian restaurant when I was 14. I went on to study culinary arts for two years, then to Oklahoma State University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to get a degree in hospitality management. I was a food and beverage manager for 3 casinos before getting married and moving to Oregon for graduate school, where I wrote a thesis on mead, learned to make wine and beer and to distill, and served with AmeriCorps as a youth volunteer coordinator. I tried to start my own winemaking venture out of grad school, but I was 23, a small bank account, and unconnected. So, my wife and I decided to go on a different adventure. We moved overseas.
First, I worked at a brewpub in Guatemala before we traveled the rest of Central America. We then headed to China to work as international teachers at an American school. I taught third grade before becoming an assistant principal, and ultimately the head principal. I also served the US Embassy as a consular warden. All told, we spent 7 years abroad and traveled to over 50 countries.
We decided to move back to Oklahoma. After a month of being back, I took out a lease in July 2017 to start a distillery in Tulsa, and by December, we'd released Tulsa's first commercial spirit since 1920. Very quickly afterwards we started Oklahoma's first cidery, Local Cider, as well as launched Angry Bear Mead. In 2020, we launched a second distillery and brewery with a brewpub in Oklahoma City. In Tulsa, we've added a taqueria to our cidery / meadery / winery / brewery taproom, as well as started Zoey Wine, and are set to open Gambill's, a retail forward coffee shop and bar at the Shops at Mother Road Market in late spring.
Many hands have taken part in building this, but we've remained proudly and completely independent with the only current investors being my wife and me. While I am really proud of my contributions, there are so many others that have been instrumental in building this.
-Hunter Stone Gambill
THE HUMANS THAT BUILT OK DISTILLING CO.
He's done everything from design to distilling to bottling to brand representation. Chris has been a part since the beginning.
He came on as soon as we opened to help bottle. He is a professional grass picker and a lover of tacos.
If there's a thing that needs to be fixed, Joseph can fix it. He put the still together and designed our glycol system.
She first assisted with events and then to help us start our taproom. She's passionate about beverage making and service.
While she's never been with us full-time, she has always been fam. She helps with events, R&D, and brand representation.
Head of Tulsa operations, he does everything from service to representation to production. He keeps us going and growing.
With a heart of gold, this professional photographer is the moral support keeping our spirits high. When not shooting photos, she's down to help with whatever.
She's an all around bad ass when it comes to illustration and design. Hannah oversees our design, marketing, and public relations.
With an incredible passion for service and desire to learn and grow, he oversees our beverage programming.