Lia Niskanen is dedicated to the power of storytelling and passionate about the history and craft of whiskey. She is an Executive Bourbon Steward (Stave and Thief Society) and award-winning visitor experience professional.
Most recently, Lia spearheaded the tour program for Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn, New York. As their first Manager of Tours and Events, Lia created and developed KCD’s onsite distillery tour, winning the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” in 2017, 2018, and 2019. During her tenure at KCD, Lia also executed a wide roster of other educational activities including private tours, tastings, classes, and large events. Pivoting during the pandemic shutdowns, she created a virtual whiskey tasting program for a range of corporate and private guests.
Prior to her tenure at Kings County Distillery, Lia developed and conducted day long tours of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for Mint Julep Tours in Louisville Ky, and National Historic Landmark Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Lia lives in Brooklyn, New York. When her nose isn't buried in a good whiskey book (or a dram!) she enjoys fast talking film noir gangster flicks and attending tastings with Drammers Club NYC, of which she is a member.