Our Story

A Glimpse Behind The Door

Our Beginnings

The story of our beginning, is not one of destiny, but one of innovation and self-motivation. Co-founders Matthew Allen and Brandon Marshall, started the Cerberus Craft Distillery with the Dark Door Spirits Brand and one simple goal in mind: to create a damn good product. Marshall and Allen realized they had authentic ideas, and the ability, conviction and means to make those ideas a reality. 

The Spirit of IPA was our first spirit to hit the market in the summer of 2016. Later, we soon found our niche which is creating unexpectedly delicious spirits for those who desire something outside the industry norms. 

Our Mission

Since its beginning, the world of distilled spirits has often been restricted to the status quo, enforcing industry standards that were developed years ago. 

While we will never sacrifice excellence for the sake of something new, we will always continue to challenge ourselves to find excellent new flavors that lead to a wonderfully, unexpected drinking experience.

Who We Are Today

We are driven by our core values of innovation, authenticity, and superior quality. We are artisans that care deeply about the craft of distilling spirits and strive for that unparalleled passion to shine through our products.

Our main goal is to give you a spirit that makes you glad you chose something different than the usual.

Meet The Team!

CEO
Matt Allen

I’ve been in the hospitality industry my whole life and that’s given me plenty of amazing opportunities, especially the ability to make a damn good drink. Personally I enjoy the creativity I can have and can utilize in my position. My favorite cocktail is a Whiskey served Neat.

Co-Founder
Brandon Marshall

I got my start in the industry as a dishwasher at an all-you-can eat seafood restaurant in my native RI and have been in it ever since. The best part of my position is guiding people on how to taste the flavors in spirits and explain how to identify them. The most rewarding part is when I have some one that says, “oh I get that now!”. I enjoy any well balanced cocktail a skilled bartender makes me.

Brand Director
Shane Neukam

I started in the service industry as a way of escaping the world of pharmacy. I have always enjoyed the industry because you are consistently learning and facing new challenges. I love that my position allows me to flex my creativity! My favorite cocktail is a Negroni.

Marketing & Event Director
Maisie Koo

I fell into the industry on accident straight out of college. I had my life path set on being a Financial Advisor for a big company in Chicago and then realized that it wasn’t for me and wanted something more. I was asked to work for a Wine & Spirits company and decided to give it a try. I fell in love with the industry but still hated Chicago winters. So, I moved to Florida and joined the Dark Door family!
I’ve always loved Instagram and party planning; my job allows me to be creative in both areas showcasing our brand in numerous ways. My favorite cocktail is a Jalapeno Margarita.

Production Manager
Seth Williams

I started with homebrewing over 12 years ago with my old band’s drummer. Quickly discovered people are more likely to try your experimental beer than listen to your experimental music. About 2 and half years after homebrewing I got a job in the brewing industry and worked my way up from the packaging line into the brewhouse. I brewed beer and eventually whiskey washes in Texas for 8 years before moving to Florida where I transitioned to distilling. My favorite part of my job is having a hand in the entire process from start to finish and being lucky enough to get to make something I actually enjoy. my favorite cocktail is a tie between the Manhattan and the Boulevardier. 

Sales Manager
Corey Auger

I got my start directly in sales working for a craft brewery managing their New England market.  The best part about my position would be the different people I get to meet in my role and those relationships we build; plus, no two days are ever the same. My favorite cocktails would be either a simple Old Fashioned or any Tiki drink.

Sales Representative
Conor Shrago

I got my start in hospitality helping out on my father’s catering truck as soon as I was old enough to walk. My favorite part about working here is definitely being able to collaborate with so many of the great bars and restaurants in the area. Depending on my mood, my favorite cocktail swaps between a Bourbon Old Fashioned or a simple Gin and Soda.

Giftshop Crew

Marc Hummel

I got my start working in a few restaurants just as general wait staff but Mixology has always fascinated me. The best part of my job is being able to interact with people and test out new cocktails behind the bar. My favorite cocktail is the Floradora.

Christina Notabartolo

I’ve worked in hospitality for about 15 years, bouncing between hotels and restaurant management. My position here really allows me to interact with others and making them laugh and leave with lasting memories of an amazing experience. My favorite cocktail is a Maple Cinnamon Old Fashioned.

Stephanie Cycak

I got my start in hospitality when I was thirteen years old working for the family business. I then worked in a brewery/restaurant when craft beer wasn’t a thing yet and someone had to explain why we were putting lemons in our beers. Later I worked in several notable craft beer bars on both the east and west coast which has beautifully helped me transition into a distillery. My favorite part of my position is having the ability to highlight our spirits in both classic and experimental cocktails and teaching guests how they can do the same at home. My favorite cocktail is a Rye Old Fashioned.

Distillery Team

Jared Haley

My background is mostly in mixology, which inspired me to learn to make spirits from scratch. My favorite part of my job is being able to make something with my own hands that people really enjoy. My favorite Dark Door cocktail is the Blood Tai.

Zack Levy

I got my start here at Dark Door Spirits as the assistant distiller! My favorite part of my position is the blending and flavor creations of our spirits! My favorite cocktail is whiskey on ice. 

Chris Donery

I got my start in the industry right here at Dark Door! The best part of my job is being able to taste test all of our spirits. My favorite cocktail is a Long Island Iced Tea.