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New Orleans, LA. All rights reserved.
KNOW YOUR BOUNDARIES. Always drink responsibly.
Lawyer by day and fledgling moonshiner by night, Sal launched Seven Three with his wife, Eileen Bivalacqua, in pursuit of a singular vision — to make distinctive distilled spirits that celebrate New Orleans while teaching others about this beautiful city’s past and present. On any given day, that can find him sweeping and mopping, working with distiller Erik Morningstar to plan the growing spirits lineup, hitting the road to visit retail, bar and restaurant partners, or developing a distillery experience that will delight locals and visitors alike.
Sal was born at Baptist Hospital in New Orleans and earned his law degree from Tulane University. He appreciates the comradery among competitors in the spirits industry, a reflection of his favorite thing about New Orleans: the people and their unmistakable joie de vivre. When not under direct orders from wife Eileen, his boss at Seven Three, Sal is probably pestering local bartenders about any bottles he doesn’t recognize, or asking them to craft him an Old Fashioned or Gentilly Gin with a dash of citrus bitters, an olive and a twist.
Eileen leapt headlong into launching Seven Three with her husband, Sal, in 2015. As the distillery’s official “Boss Lady,” she applies her formidable skills at managing people and organizing operations to keep the distillery running smoothly. She’s also Seven Three’s main point of contact and brand ambassador in New Orleans and beyond — duties that have allowed her to meet interesting and unique people across the spirit industry.
The child of parents who immigrated from the Azores Islands, Eileen piloted an ancient Honda from New Hampshire to New Orleans in 1999. She never looked back. After earning an MFA degree in arts administration from UNO, she worked from 2004 to 2011 as an artists’ rep and gallery manager, then switched gears and took a job at then-boyfriend, now-husband Sal’s law firm, where she still puts in a little time. When she's not managing the distillery or the law firm, you can find Eileen dancing to live music, and she's probably sipping a Gentilly Gin on the rocks with a twist.
The creative force behind Seven Three Distilling, Erik sources locally farmed ingredients, creates new recipes and mash bills, and oversees all aspects of production. He joined our team after a successful tenure at Two James Spirits in Detroit, where he produced a full line of award-winning whiskeys and gins. Erik trained under Dave Pickerell, former master distiller at Maker’s Mark, and has a penchant for marrying time-honored distilling techniques with esoteric and experimental processes. He aims to create nuanced spirits that are traditional, yet unexpected — much like the city that Seven Three celebrates. Right out of the gate, his Irish Channel Whiskey won Best of Class and Best of Category at the American Distilling Institute’s international spirits competition. True to his art background, Erik relishes working with the subtle details that distinguish an exceptional spirit.
Erik and his wife settled in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans and quickly fell in love with its close-knit sense of community, palpable history, and amazing food. He’s an avid paddler and designs and builds his own canoes and kayaks. When he’s not busy perfecting Seven Three’s next offering, you might find him sipping a Last Word or Boulevardier.
Tristan came on in the early days of Seven Three - shortly after the distillery opened its doors - and has been thrilled to be on the wild ascent the brand has seen since then. Day to day, you can find him overseeing operations at the distillery, coordinating events and donations, supplying the gift shop, and offering invaluable feedback while sampling spirits and cocktails alike. If there’s something he loves the most, it’s that no two days are ever the same. No danger of that with such a rapidly expanding brand!
Tristan quite literally married into New Orleans. His wife, Margaret, grew up Uptown, before drawing him in from the midwest. They are proud residents of the Irish Channel, so much so they got engaged on the doorstep of Atchafalaya. In his spare time, you’re apt to find Tristan writing fiction at a cafe while enjoying ungodly quantities coffee & beignets, or headed off to the Broad or Prytania theaters to catch a movie. And most likely, there’s a Gentilly Gin & tonic not far from his side. Perks of the job.
Rob was born and raised in the more beer-focused city of St. Louis Missouri, where he wore multiple hats at Schlafly Beer before making his way to becoming the Head Brewer at Ferguson Brewing Company for 2 years before moving to New Orleans in early 2018. Since then he has been taken under the wing of Erik to learn the distilling side of things while integrating some brewing techniques into the operation. When not at the distillery you may find him sipping a Manhattan and listening to live music, wherever it may be.
A nomad to the core, Nicole grew up as an army brat and then pursued missionary work after college. Nevertheless, she longed for a “home”. Her missionary work sent her to south Louisiana, and she immediately fell in love with the people and culture. After missionary work, she had choices to make: where do I live and what do I do? With a background in hospitality and a love for Louisiana, she knew the Big Easy was the only place for her. When she went on the hunt for a job, she quickly discovered that craft distilleries would be a new and exciting venture. Seven Three's sense of place attracted her right away, and she stepped into her role as Guest Experience Manager at the distillery. Most days, you can find Nicole leading locals and visitors through the distillery, coordinating private tours and upcoming events, and brainstorming ideas about creating quality experiences for each person who steps through the doors.
Nicole’s favorite Seven Three spirit is the Barrel-Reserve Gin. She loves its beautiful floral, citrus, and spice notes next to the layers of oak and vanilla. That said, she can never turn down a classic daiquiri with Black Pearl Rum.
When Nicole isn’t running around the distillery, she spends her time following new live music around the city, searching for the perfect cocktail, or exploring the diverse food culture in New Orleans. After living in cities all across the world, she's proud to call New Orleans home.
A Louisiana native who grew up in Bossier City, Savannah is proud to now call south Louisiana home. She moved to Baton Rouge in 2011 to attend LSU, and never looked back. After spending almost 10 years honing her craft of bartending, she focused her career to the spirits sales industry. Beginning as a liquor rep for Republic National Distributing Company and now as our Sales Manager here at Seven Three, she can confidently say she never meets a stranger. Day to day you can find her visiting all of the amazing bars, restaurants, and retail locations who support us, working to grow our brand, and spreading knowledge about our spirits.
Savannah’s favorite spirit of ours is Barrel Reserve Gentilly Gin. She loves the uniqueness of flavors and how complex it can be in traditional whiskey cocktails! When she’s not enjoying a Gentilly old fashioned, she’s traveling to breweries all over the south with her fiancé, Corey; they love finding new, odd beers and interesting bars along their way! Savannah could talk liquor all day, and finds herself so blessed to have found a career of it.
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