In 2010, John and Courtney McKee founded Headframe Spirits in celebration of Butte’s spirit. Standing on the confluence of four lodes of ore, in one of the city’s historic buildings, our company operates with the deepest respect for the history of the city, the legacy of the mines and the people who worked there. Just as the miners would share an evening together after a hard day’s work, today we share holidays, celebrations and everyday moments with those closest to us.
John McKee is also the founder of the manufacturing and consulting arm. Over the last 3 years he opened a distillery in Montana centered around its custom continuous flow distillation system, which Headframe Spirits Manufacturing now fabricates for 3rd party clients.
Passionate about Montana, Courtney came to Butte in 2001 where she owned and operated an Information Technology consulting company for a number of years before getting into the distilled spirits business. Courtney and her husband John own Headframe Spirits in Butte, which opened in 2012, and were named Entrepreneurs and Ambassadors of the Year by Governor Steve Bullock in 2014 and 2015.
Headframe Spirits currently employs 27 individuals and has made a significant economic impact in their community. The company is equal parts history and technology, which derives from the rich history and ingenuity that the beautiful hometown of Butte has to offer.