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 20 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.

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

Where to Buy

Buy Online

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

Hi-Time Wine Cellars   The San Francisco Wine Trading Company      John & Petes


Order via telephone and have it shipped direct:

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

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We’re in the book…

Check us out in the new book by Chad Berkey and Jeremy LeBlanc. The North American Whiskey Guide from Behind the Bar: Real Bartenders’ Reviews of More Than 250 Whiskeys–Includes 30 Standout Cocktail Recipes. Bowen’s Whiskey received 4.5 out of 5 stars (page 113) and are one of only 30 recipes listed in the book “Camp […]

Bowen’s Whiskey in Club 33

We are pleased to announce that Bowen’s Whiskey is now being served in Disneyland’s exclusive private dining club, Club 33 located in the New Orleans Square section of the park in Anaheim, California. Bowen’s is also included in two exclusive drinks on their cocktail menu. Honey Spice Tea, “The contemporary hot drink of choice is […]

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

phone: 661.343.2041

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