Bowen's Whiskey

Pure California Whiskey

Bowen’s unique small batch American whiskey is made for trailblazers that seek and value true guts, quick wit, and a smooth finish. Combining a proprietary family recipe and distillation process, Bowen’s Whiskey challenges pretentious “norms” capturing the heart and soul of the mighty oak with a distinct campfire aroma.

Our Story

“The attitude may not be smooth and refined… but the whiskey sure the hell is.”

Nearly 25 years ago, Wade Bowen was fortunate enough to meet Bud, a fifth generation moonshiner. While others were experimenting at home making their own craft beers, he was more interested in spirits, particularly Bud’s smooth whiskey that was poured from mason jars. Bud shared family secrets and methods with Wade as he was getting on in age and didn’t want to see his knowledge and craft die with him.

Wade continued on after Bud passed away with his own education. Experimenting year after year until he finally achieved the smooth and smoky flavor profile that you taste today.

Bowen’s small batch whiskey is intentionally unique by design. The approach from the beginning was to make something different that stands out, as common tradition seems to stifle ingenuity.

To keep Bud’s spirit alive combined with Wade’s own experience, we start with a 100% corn base, cut it with a proprietary structured water for purity and consistency, and age it to perfection in reclaimed, fire ravaged oak sourced from forests on central California’s Piute mountain range.  Because of it’s corn base Bowen’s Whiskey is entirely Gluten Free.

We are known as the whiskey that both scotch and whiskey drinkers appreciate. It appeals to so many whether their preference is straight up, on the rocks or mixed. Both women and men enjoy the smoky “California campfire” taste that is Bowen’s Whiskey.

Like other great whiskeys, Bowen’s Whiskey neat, stands on it’s own. However, it also does very well in new and traditional cocktails or other mixed drinks not normally using whiskey like a Bloody Mary or a Margarita.

Our natural approach to marketing is straightforward, it just is what it is, a California whiskey. You either like it or you don’t.


94 POINTS The Tasting Panel Publisher’s Picks
PLATINUM 2012 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards
BRONZE 2013 The Washington Cup Spirits Competition
SILVER 2014 World Whiskies Awards
SILVER 2014 New York Wine & Spirits Competition
4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS 2014 North American Whiskey Guide
SILVER 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
SILVER 2015 Distilled: San Diego Spirit and Cocktail Competition

Where to Buy

We don’t have one of them huge multi-million dollar budgets to spread the word about Bowen’s Whiskey. We rely mostly on our growing population of Bowen’s Whiskey fans. If your favorite watering hole doesn’t carry Bowen’s Whiskey, be sure to ask for it anyways. Ask for the food and beverage manager or owner of said establishment, and let them know that they must carry Bowen’s Whiskey if they wish to keep your business. If they aren’t available, we recommend that you politely hound the bartender, server or whomever is behind the counter…repeatedly. It’s up to you if you use your puppy dog eyes. They will give in eventually and will contact their distributor. If all else fails and you don’t want to go someplace else… just email us at with all the contact info you can get and we’ll do our best to get our award-winning Bowen’s Whiskey into your hands.

In the meantime…



Bud-FramedBuy Online

Buy Bowen’s Whiskey online and have it shipped direct:

BevMo!    Hi-Time Wine Cellars   John & Petes   The Whiskey Exchange


Order via telephone and have it shipped direct:

Imbibe Wine & Spirits (661) 633-9463
Wine & Liquor Depot (818) 996-1414

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2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Well, we’ve done it again and won ourselves another award. We’re please to announce that Bowen’s Whiskey has won a Silver in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Awesome. Go grab a bottle and cheer to your award-winning Bowen’s Whiskey!

Bowen’s Whiskey and BevMo!

… A Match Made in Whiskey Heaven!!! After months of preparation, we are very pleased to announce that Bowen’s Whiskey is now approved for sale within the BevMo system!     This means two really fantastic things: While we are currently only in a select number of BevMo locations, ANYONE can request that their local store start […]

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Bowen’s Whiskey
1901 Mineral Court, Suite G
Bakersfield, CA 93308

phone: 661.343.2041

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