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Robert Birnecker

Robert Birnecker
Founder
Koval Distillery


Dr. Robert Birnecker, one of America’s top distilling experts, grew up helping his grandparents at their award-winning distillery and winery in Austria. He later received numerous certificates from Austria’s leading university for distilling technology, Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Wein-und Obstbau, and worked closely with Europe’s foremost spirits expert, Dr. Klaus Hagmann, developing fermentation techniques for craft distilleries. Before focusing on distilling, Robert was the Deputy Press Secretary at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC.