We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nick, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The First Responder Whiskey Society sets itself apart in its mission: to support first responders and their families in times of need. Our primary goals are to build camaraderie, foster loyalty, promote responsible alcohol consumption, and fundraise for families of fallen first responders. Every action we take is with the interest of our members in mind. The biggest challenge we face in our field is building the community and providing the necessary leadership to guide others towards a future where it is a given that we take care of each other.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?

The First Responder Whiskey Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3)(EIN #87-3987483) charity with one mission: to support first responders and their families in times of need. The charity has a membership of 4800+ police, fire, military, medical, and family members from primarily the United States as well as other parts of the world. The values that guide our organization are camaraderie, loyalty, mental and physical wellness, and responsible consumption.

Our motto of “Service Through Spirits” is something we take seriously. We prioritize charity, our members, and then whiskey last. Whiskey is more than grain and water to our organization. It is a physical representation of a lost friend and family member. It is also tangible proof that there are complete strangers out there in the world that mourn with their families and friends when a first responder passes. The first responder may be gone, but they truly live on when we can raise a drink to them and share their stories.

The way we honor fallen first responders and help their families are through fundraisers, events, and custom memorial whiskey bottles. We follow all applicable state and federal laws including the three-tier system of alcohol distribution with all of our fundraising.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to some of the best whiskey and first responder friendly spots in the city: Seven Grand and Aero Club for whiskey, Liberty Call Distillery for lunch, and Cloak and Petal for dinner! Next I would take them to the businesses that support first responders with our fundraising: Sin Lee Foods and The Bottle House.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this to the first responder members that are a part of our group. Your camaraderie, loyalty, and heart for giving is what gets me out of bed in the morning. The desire to constantly help first responders and their families in need is something that is universally desired and necessary.

Website: www.firstresponderwhiskeysociety.org

Instagram: www.instagram.com/firstresponderwhiskeysociety

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/firstresponderwhiskeysociety/

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