Kelly Everhart,
Chief Executive Officer

Kelly thrives by drawing from years of leadership experience in the United States military, private legal practice and Fortune 500 companies in and around the Twin Cities and the Midwest. She manages all facets of Royal Foundry's finances, business operations and – given her strong belief that a company only succeeds as a unified team –personnel decisions. Kelly has succeeded in diverse industries and been a key contributor to blue chip companies including Xcel Energy, MoneyGram International, UnitedHealth Group, ING and more. Her confluence of legal, financial and corporate governance experience ensures Royal Foundry has a strong place in the craft distilling industry.

Four Questions:

Favorite thing about Minnesota? Minnesotans and everyone who has adopted Minnesota as their home state—we are Minnesota!
Go-to cocktail? Gin and Tonic, with Lime and Basil
Favorite James Bond? Daniel Craig with a side of Sean Connery
Beatles or The Stones? Led Zeppelin ;)


Nikki McLain,
Chief Marketing Officer

Nikki is a versatile business leader who has managed global corporate business development, stakeholder engagement and partnership excellence programs for more than 15 years. By seamlessly blending traditional marketing disciplines with the expertise of a certified meeting planner, she has created unique and memorable experiences for powerhouse global brands including Apple, Starbucks and Johnson & Johnson. At Royal Foundry, Nikki is responsible for brand management, distributor sales and event room sales.

Four Questions:

Go-to Cocktail? Jameson and Ginger
William or Harry? Harry!
Big Ben or Buckingham Palace? Buckingham Palace
Favorite thing about Minnesota? Not the snow


Andy McLain,
Chief Distiller

Having grown up in Europe and England, Andy has strong ties to the traditions that will keep Royal Foundry’s products and facility on point. As chief distiller, he continues deepening his expertise by meeting trailblazing distillers across the nation and touring facilities worldwide. Andy also is the design eye behind the whole project, which will utilize his innate ability to translate vision into reality. He is well-connected in the local craft beer and spirits community, and will leverage his connections with local Premier League, Minnesota soccer and bicycling enthusiasts to seed a core consumer group for Royal Foundry.

Four Questions:

Go-to cocktail? Whisky Sangaree
Man U or Man City? Neither, I support Arsenal.
I’m a Gunner for life!
Favorite thing about Minnesota? The innovative people who live here
How do you take your cuppa? Cream and sugar