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Join Our Team

Shankar Distillers is known for premium Varchas Whiskeys and other spirits. We leverage the heritage that has been used in distilling whiskey and spirits in the US since 1791, and bring our mix of craftsmanship, quality and technology. We are proud to create products that we serve and enjoy!

Help us grow our company by becoming a team member of the newest distillery in the Detroit area. Check out the available positions, then fill out the form and attach your resume.

We are seeking the following positions

Lead Sales & Marketing Representative

Sales representative will be responsible for soliciting orders for all brand products listed in the retail book. The rep will sell to local retailers (off-prem) and local restaurants/bars/country clubs (on-prem). They will suggest business-building ideas for the products listed in their book and understand in-store and on-premise merchandising principles to suggest uses of these principles in each of their retail accounts. They are expected to have knowledge of their territory for suppliers, distributors and their retail accounts will obtain the very best possible sales from the products they are responsible for selling.


  • Customer Relations: Effectively establish and develop relationships with all customers. Handle customer complaints, work with ADA for distribution questions.
  • Business Development: Identify and pursue new opportunities and customers in assigned territory. Answer questions provide sampling if required. Sell in new items, brand extensions, displays, and promotions to both on- and off-premise accounts. Effectively communicate with team members any problems, issues, or opportunities within sales territory.
  • Communication: Check company e-mail and voicemail regularly throughout the day and send a proper response.
  • Ordering: Work with retailers, restaurants, clubs to coordinate orders through the catalog. Report committed ordering numbers to the team on a weekly basis. Reconcile with reports from ADA.
  • Quality Assurance: Maintain acceptable quality ratings, reviews with retailers/restaurants/clubs.
  • Monthly Market Plan: Effectively pre-plan upcoming month, monitor and adjust to meet quarterly goals. Update all company goals and display tracking on a daily basis.
  • Point of Sale/Displays: Work with retailers/restaurants and others to ensure any marketing materials can be used and are displayed correctly; use creative and current POS.: Promote products clearly and accurately through use of current, fresh POS material; effectively communicate selling message to the consumer.
  • Pricing/Promotion: Review competitive pricing each month to see how our brands compare. Work with team to ensure market competitive pricing is in place.
  • Professional Development: Expand knowledge of products, selling skills, and industry. Adhere to and uphold all company policies and procedures.


  • Selling of wine, beer, spirits on/off-premise experience.
  • Computer literate.
  • Have attained a four-year college or university program certificate; or two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with retailers, restaurants, clubs.
  • Ability to learn and present sight, aroma, taste of bourbon and other whiskies.
  • Ability to present compelling reasons to carry brands at establishments
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, profit margins and percentages.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to work and make decisions effectively in an environment in which situations can arise and change quickly.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to receive a Michigan Liquor Control Card, and a valid Michigan driver’s license.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to bend and lift product weighing up to 60 lbs.
  • Be able to see product and discern dissimilar colors and numbers.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with customers, supervisors and co-workers.
  • Ability to stand, walk and move in and out of a vehicle throughout the day.

Bar Manager

Embrace the spirited world of Shankar Distillers as we seek a dynamic and experienced professional to lead our team as a Distillery Bar Manager. This is not just a job; it’s an invitation to curate an exceptional beverage experience, combining your passion for mixology, leadership skills, and industry expertise. Join us in crafting unforgettable moments for patrons as we elevate the art of distillery bar management to new heights. If you’re ready to blend innovation with tradition and create an atmosphere that celebrates the finest spirits, we welcome you to embark on this exciting journey with us.


  • Hiring, Training, Developing & Staff
  • Build and develop seasonal and special event cocktail menus
  • Bar tend from time to time
  • Coordinate special events of up to 150 people
  • Work with Distillery VP and Master Distiller to develop bar, tour, and event programs
  • Adherence & Enforcement of Compliance with all Company/Health/Safety Policies for Staff & Guests
  • Receiving & Maintaining Inventory
  • Financial Accountability – Daily Cash Handling, Comp Reports, Labor Management, etc
  • Tasting Room Cleanliness & Maintenance
  • Shift Leadership & FOH/BOH Coordinating tours and events
  • In-Store Marketing & Guest Relations
  • Respond to Guest Needs & Complaints Quick & Appropriately
  • Other Departmental Leadership – Scheduling, Performance Reviews, Implementation of Policy/Procedure)
Skills / Requirements
  • 1 to 3 years in Leadership Position
  • Experience in High Volume Environment
  • Experience with Craft Beer & Local/Specialty Cocktails
  • Passion for the integrity of product; From Production Process to Final Execution
  • Excellent Communication Skills (verbal/oral/listening)
  • Excellent Leadership & Organizational Management Skills
  • Computer and POS Knowledge
  • Must be able to Work Nights and Weekends.
  • Ability to Work in a Fast Paced Environment
  • Ability to Maintain a High-Energy, Positive Leadership Style with Management, Hourly Teams, Guests, & Community Partners

Bottling & Packaging Line Operator (Part-Time)

Welcome to a unique opportunity at Shankar Distillers as a Bottling and Packaging Line Operator. Join our team and play a crucial role in ensuring the seamless production, quality, and packaging of our exceptional spirits. If you have a passion for precision, a keen eye for detail, and a background in distillery operations, we invite you to be a vital part of our dynamic and innovative workforce. Explore a rewarding career where your skills contribute to crafting distinctive and high-quality spirits enjoyed by enthusiasts worldwide.


  • Rinsing
  • Filling Bottles
  • Labeling
  • Corking Bottles
  • Decorative Box Assembly
  • Shipping Carton Assembly
  • Stacking
  • Move pallets via pallet jack/forklift
  • Inventory Management

Tour Guide (Part-Time)

Shankar Distillers seeks an enthusiastic spirits aficionado to lead tours and tastings at our new distillery in Troy, Michigan opening this spring. The tour guide will lead public tours on Saturdays and Sundays as well as private tours, single barrel tastings and periodic on and offsite events during the week. The position is ideal for someone looking for supplemental income that aligns with their passion for craft spirits. The position offers excellent opportunities to learn about the art and science of distilling, and great growth opportunities with one of Michigan’s largest new distilleries. The position may transition to a full-time employment opportunity in the future.


  • Conduct public tours and tastings on Saturdays and Sundays and private tours and tastings on weekdays as needed. This includes sales of spirits and merchandise.
  • Conduct single barrel tastings for prospective clients.
  • Participate in offsite events such as whiskey tastings, spirits events, and other promotional activities.
  • Educate customers on the art and science of distilling, how to taste whiskey like a pro, and the story behind Shankar Distillers spirits.
  • Engage fellow whiskey lovers through outreach and engagement with bourbon clubs, hospitality professionals, and a range of diverse clients.


Shankar Distillers seeks bartenders to join our talented team as we prepare to open our new flagship Tasting Room in Troy, Michigan this spring. We offer more than your everyday bartending experience. There are tons of growth opportunities. You can learn about and contribute to spirits production, create new cocktails, participate in a large range of industry events. If you’re a reliable team player with exceptional service and strong work ethic let’s talk. We offer highly competitive hourly rates, solid tip-earning potential and job training. We also offer employee healthcare, 401K plans and loads of growth potential for full-time employees.


  • Provide exceptional customer service
  • Educate customers on who we are, our spirits and our cocktails
  • Learn, memorize and execute cocktails, technique and presentation
  • Strong communication with team members to ensure accurate, efficient service
  • Diligently conduct transactions from ringing in drinks, to bottle sales, to properly handling cash
  • Assist with a range of opening and closing activities and event set up tasks
  • Contribute to new cocktail menu development
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings
  • Maintain a positive, respectful, upbeat attitude
  • Build the brand and get customers to come back again
Skills / Requirements
  • Beverage experience required. While we are a craft cocktail bar, we’ll transform beer and shot bartenders and baristas into talented craft cocktail bartenders.
  • Experience with BOH prep and other cocktail ingredients a plus.
  • Willingness to learn, contribute to a team environment and desire to grow professionally.
  • Infectious personality with a passion for our spirits and our story
  • Honesty and respect for yourself, the craft and the business is paramount.
Contact Us

Shankar Distillers LLC
1030 Chicago Rd
Troy, MI. 48083
Phone: 855-827-2427

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