Hemingway Whiskey is built on family traditions. Just as Ernest Hemingway lived a life full of timeless tales worth regaling, the same is true for the Call Family. The team who handcrafts our whiskey has distilling in their blood, along with stories and lessons passed down for more than 230 years.

Our story begins eight generations ago, in the years before Kentucky became a state in the infancy of the United States of America. In the Louisville area, the Call family began making whiskey. Samuel Call was living on a farm in what’s now Bourbon County in 1791 — a year before Kentucky became a state. A few years later, he built a still on his farm and started making whiskey. Eight generations later, The Calls are Master Distillers and co-founders at Hemingway Whiskey.


Whiskey Pioneer & Founder Steve Groth and his two sons came together with seventh-generation Master Distiller Ron Call and his two sons, Clayton and eighth-generation Master Distiller Jacob, to author a new whiskey masterpiece and continue their legacy with Hemingway Whiskey.

Ron and his sons have been in the bourbon industry for over 35 years. Each a renowned distiller in their own right, they’ve come together to bring their eight generations of whiskey history into a series of American whiskeys true to their roots – and telling an ever-evolving story by handcrafting each one.

Together with the Ernest Hemingway family, whose legendary stories and history are known the world over, the Calls and the Groths are on a mission to craft a whiskey of tradition and story and to artfully blend their collective history and generations into a collection of whiskeys – fit for the lips of Hemingway himself and the stories he told.

  • Ron Call

    Master Distiller and seventh-generation distiller with over 47 years of experience in the rum and bourbon industries, including time at Jim Beam and Florida Distillers. Currently works as Master Blender for Papa's Pilar and as Master Distiller for Hemingway Rye Whiskey.

  • Jacob Call

    Master Distiller and eighth-generation Kentuckian with a degree in business administration. Started career in banking before joining Florida Distillers, where he held various senior management positions. Later became Master Distiller at Green River Distillery before joining Hemingway Rye Whiskey.

  • Clayton Call

    Youngest son of Ron Call with a background in the distilling industry. Specializes in identifying unique wood finishes and brands to work with in crafting premium spirits.

  • Steve Groth

    Founder with a successful track record as a Senior Executive and entrepreneur across multiple industries. Co-founded and developed the Radiate Group and Atomic TV, and developed the Cellar Door Group. Co-founded and launched Angel's Envy Bourbon. Brings extensive brand development experience to Hemingway Rye Whiskey.