Ryan & Melanie Belshee
As an Eagle Scout, Ryan Belshee has always enjoyed creating things by hand. Ryan has a thirst for knowledge and loves a good experiment. On a whim Ryan decided to try his hand at making a batch of Absinthe at home. Unfortunately, private distilling is illegal in Oregon and it can be dangerous. With a little research he decided to give infusion a try. Through some trial and error the Absinthe infusion spice blend was born. Following the successful discovery, Ryan put his BA from Portland State University's Business school to good use and turned his delicious experiment into a company. When he's not busy grinding and blending spices, Ryan keeps his wife Melanie on her toes coming up with the new flavor profiles and a wide range of other crazy ideas. The pair met in high school and celebrated 15 years of marriage this year. Melanie Belshee dreamed of being an artist from a very young age. Her passion for art carried grew into a career after earning her Bachelors of Science in Graphic design from the Art Institute of Portland in 2001. Originally wanting to work as a children's book illustrator, Melanie fell in love with Graphic Design and has been practicing her craft for the last 15 years helping large businesses and small non-profits create and maintain their branding image. Now as a small business owner and manufacturer, Melanie is thrilled to be able to share her work on a product line that is close to her heart. Always a fan of vintage, historical works; creating the look and feel for her very own product line has been a dream come true. Melanie aspires to keep every package design as historically accurate as possible along the way spending hours researching in an effort to keep the style true to the prohibition era period.