Marlon Hanson,
Assistant Distiller

Beverage Director Marlon Hanson has more than 10 years of experience catering to satisfied customers at notable restaurants such as SmackShack, Mission American Bar and Manny’s Steakhouse. His resume includes shaping and influencing the bar program as head bartender at 6Smith. Marlon has also competed in many unique mixology competitions such as Most Imaginative Bartender and Bartender of the Year. As Beverage Director, Marlon will be in charge of Royal Foundry’s entire cocktail program along with being the Assistant Distiller.

Four Questions:

Favorite thing about Minnesota? The summers because it is not too cold
Beatles or The Stones? The Stones
Best cocktail you ever made? The Tequila Mockingbird- tequila, licor 43, lemon and lavender infused honey cocktail
Shaken or Stirred? Served up with vodka, shaken and very dirty


Monika Hanson,
General Manager

Born and raised in Minneapolis, General Manager, Monika Hanson has held various positions in the hospitality industry for the last 10+ years, including extensive bar and restaurant experience most recently at Meritage, 6Smith and Mission American Kitchen and Bar. Alongside her brother and Royal Foundry Beverage Director Marlon Hanson, Monika is eager to unleash years of local and international research in support of the launch of Royal Foundry Craft Spirits. Monika’s passion for exceptional service and attention to detail has molded her management style to focus on customer service excellence and on-going staff education training. Whether you are just stopping by with friends or are hosting an event, she will work with the Royal Foundry team to ensure that when you are with us, you are treated like royalty.

Four Questions:

Beatles or The Stones? As much as I do love the Stones, my first crushes were the Beatles…and David Bowie :)
Favorite thing about Minnesota? Strolling under the trees around the lakes - rain or shine
Go to cocktail? French 75, bubbles all day
William or Harry? Harry Potter!
What would the sorting hat pick for you? Gryffindor