Dr. Pat Heist is well known in the beverage alcohol/Bourbon industry for his problem solving skills relative to the microbiology and biochemistry of fermentation and overall process experience. Pat’s education includes B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in Plant Pathology and microbiology-related fields. Dr. Heist spent 6 years as a Medical Microbiology Professor at Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine before co-founding Ferm Solutions, Inc., a provider of yeast and fermentation products, technical support and training to hundreds of fuel and beverage alcohol distilleries in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Heist and his research team collaborate with industrial and academic partners on projects related to controlling bacterial contamination during alcohol production and yeast strain selection and improvement for Bourbon and other distilled spirits and have published multiple times. In 2013, Dr. Heist, along with his business partner Shane Baker, co-founded Wilderness Trail Distillery, which is currently one of the fastest growing premium bourbon whiskey distilleries and in six short years has grown to become the 14th largest Bourbon producer in the U.S.
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