O.H.-Ingram-River-Aged-Straight-Rye; Hank Ingram; straight rye bottle, liquor; O.H. Ingram neat

Wood, Whiskey & the Magic of the River

The Mississippi River has long served as inspiration to those who know it. O.H. Ingram River Aged Whiskey was born from this love – coupling an affinity for the river with the innovation and entrepreneurship needed to bring our whiskey to life. Five generations ago, O.H. Ingram began his  own American success story with two things — oak trees and a rushing river. Now, more than 150 years later, Hank Ingram, is carrying on the spirit by mastering the combination of wood, whiskey, and the magic of the river to create O.H. Ingram River Aged Whiskey.

Through the Years

  • 1830

    Birth of the Ingram Patriarch

    Orrin Henry “O.H.” Ingram is born, the great-great-great-grandfather of Hank Ingram, founder of O.H. Ingram River Aged Whiskey.


  • 1840

    Legitimate Spirit

    Bourbon is officially recognized. Although bourbon whiskey had been distilled in the Old Bourbon County area for decades, it was not until 1840 that it officially became known as Bourbon.


  • 1857

    Wood on the Water

    O.H. settles in Eau Claire, WI and forms the Empire Lumber Company, later part of Weyerhaeuser Company. This forges the Ingram family connection with river transportation, moving lumber products down the Chippewa and Mississippi rivers.

  • 1946


    Barge Right In

    O.H.’s grandson, Orrin Henry “Hank” Ingram, Sr., founds The Wood River Oil Barge Company, expanding the family business into river barge transportation.


  • 1990

    A New Branch on the Ingram Family Tree

    The founder of O.H. Ingram River Aged Whiskey, Orrin Henry “Hank” Ingram III, is born in Nashville, TN.

  • 2014

    Entrepreneurial Spirit

    While pursuing his MBA at Vanderbilt University, Hank cultivates an idea to bring another business to the river’s edge. With his knowledge of the river, passion for history, and penchant for a bourbon nightcap, he develops the idea for the unique river aging process.


  • 2015
    Idea for BWS

    Concept to Creation

    Fresh off a 1st place win in a business pitch competition, Hank decides to found Brown Water Spirits to bring the idea to life. We’ve certainly come a long way since the first bottle design!


  • 2016

    Testing the Waters

    Brown Water Spirits is granted an experimental permit to test the effects of aging whiskey on a river.

  • 2019

    Patent-Pending: Floating Rickhouse

    Brown Water Spirits receives the first ever DSP Issued for a floating rickhouse. With its patent-pending design, the team set out to make a whiskey unlike any before.

  • 2020

    For Public Consumption

    O.H. Ingram River Aged Whiskey is born – marking five generations of Ingram dedication to innovation. A straight whiskey aged in new, charred oak barrels with a rich, smooth taste mature beyond its age.

Meet the Team

Hank Ingram


Hank Ingram comes from a long line of entrepreneurs who for more than five generations have built businesses with the river at their core. Beginning in the mid-1800s, his great-great-great-grandfather Orrin Henry Ingram founded the Empire Lumber Company. Hank’s great-grandfather brought the family to Nashville where he founded the Ingram Barge Company in 1946.

Hank is the latest in his family tree to bring a great idea to the river’s edge. With an intimate knowledge of the river and a penchant for a bourbon nightcap, he developed the idea for the unique river ageing process while in business school. After the idea won first place in a pitch competition in 2015, Hank founded Brown Water Spirits shortly thereafter to bring the idea to life.

Hank previously served as Director of Corporate Partnerships for Nashville Soccer Club and held various positions within Ingram Industries and its subsidiaries.

Hank is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He is an active volunteer in a number of Nashville organizations and serves on boards for the Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Symphony. In his spare time, Hank enjoys golf, guitar and cycling. And of course, a neat glass of bourbon.

Scott Beyer

Director of Sales Operations

In his position at Brown Water Spirits, Scott Beyer oversees logistics for barrel inventory and helps promote new products to the public.

Growing up on a small farm in Pennsylvania, Scott understood the value of hard work from a young age. This value has become central to everything he does, including producing high-quality whiskey.

At 15, Scott’s family moved to Florida to live and work on Escape Ranch, where he served as a ranch hand. It was there at the ranch where Scott and Hank Ingram first met. Connecting over their common interests, the two men became quick friends. Over the years, Scott and Hank each developed a fondness for whiskey, and they enjoyed bonding over a bottle whenever they got together. For Scott, the love of whiskey and spirits led him to pursue a career in the industry, eventually leading to his current role at Brown Water Spirits.

While it’s a trade steeped in 500 years of tradition, Scott is fascinated by the countless ways to make a whiskey uniquely modern. He believes that each bottle has a story to tell, and though hard work and long days are a given in the industry, Scott has never shied away from the challenge of making a great product. When he’s not working, Scott enjoys reading, traveling, listening to podcasts and is always in the mood to try new spirits.