ABOUT US    •    JIM    •    ANDREW

Do Good Distillery is a family-owned craft distillery
located in Modesto, California



As a family spirits enthusiasts, our primary goal is to make uniquely wonderful craft spirits, with an emphasis on whisky. We strive to use local ingredients as much as possible, and give back to our local community in true “Do Good” fashion.


Do Good Distillery is our dream come true that began quite simply with Jim Harrelson sharing workday stories over whiskey and cigars with his brother-in-law, Paul Katuszonek.  As Paul introduced Jim to various styles of craft whisky, it piqued Jim’s curiosity and got him wondering about the parallels between making good whisky and making good beer.  As Jim began researching the whisky-making process, he realized that his foundation in home-brewing beer could make a useful foundation for craft distilling.  As the saying goes, “Whisky is what beer wants to be when it grows up.”  While it’s not quite that simple, that is a driving principle behind Do Good’s unique whisky line-up.  Jim’s passion and drive made convincing his family that his “crazy idea” to open a distillery in Modesto, CA fairly easy.  While Do Good Distillery was still a “someday” dream, tragedy struck and we lost Paul in a car accident.  Losing Paul drove home the idea that life is simply too short and uncertain for us to be doing anything less than passionately pursuing our dreams.  So, on October 11, 2013, Do Good Distillery was founded on what would’ve been Paul’s 31st birthday. The name, Do Good comes from a quote attributed to Ben Franklin, “You do well, by doing good.”  We find that as a simple guiding principle that sums up our business and commitment to helping our community quite nicely.  Because of the key role that Paul played in the foundation of Do Good Distillery, his handsome face graces all of our tamper seals and our tasting room wall.  Paul is also the inspiration behind our NightHawk Rye bourbon.


From the beginning, we’ve been committed to producing every spirit we make from grain to glass. As we don't source alcohol from anyone. The whisky-making process starts just like beer-making. After we mill our grain, it’s combined with hot water and enzymes in our mashtun. From there, the wash (un-fermented beer) is cooled and pumped into fermenters where it gets mixed with yeast and left to ferment for several days. Once fermentation is complete, the wash gets distilled two times in our 660 gallon pot still. From there, it is pumped into barrels to age until it’s ready. There truly is magic in the barrel-aging process. At Do Good, we utilize a wide variety of barrels to accentuate and compliment the specific flavors in each of out whisky recipe. Certain recipes benefit from layering flavors, so we’ll transfer the spirits from one type of barrel to another during the maturation process. Each day we produce 1600-2000 gallons of wastewater, consisting of spent grain, dead yeast and water. Rather than dump it all down the drain, we ship our wastewater to an anaerobic digester where it is used to help produce electricity.



Master-in-Chief of All Things Whisky

Jim originally came up with this crazy idea that has become Do Good Distillery and he plays a key role in product development, distillery operations, business strategy, etc.  Jim’s skills in the distillery have been built from massive amounts of studying and a foundation as a home-brewer.  In addition, Jim’s fourteen years as a Sheriff’s Deputy honed his quick-thinking and problem-solving skills which are instrumental in keeping Do Good running smoothly.  After being introduced to craft whisky by his brother-in-law, Paul Katuszonek, Jim took to reading everything he could find on the art and science behind craft distilling.  After many months of studying, Jim was fortunate to take a class through the American Distilling Institute (ADI) that was taught at Breckenridge Distillery.  From the hands-on class, he gained tons of practical knowledge and experience, in addition to a lifelong friend in Breckenridge’s Master Distiller, Jordan Via. In addition to his role at Do Good Distillery, Jim serves as president of the California Artisinal Distiller’s Guild (CADG).  The CADG has been instrumental in getting California’s prohibition era laws on distilled spirits updated to help grow the craft spirits industry in California.  In his spare time, Jim enjoys running, hanging out with his family, gardening, and going to concerts.


Sales Manager, jumped at the opportunity to return to California from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to lend a hand in growing our fledgling company. His tremendous work ethic, great sense of humor, appreciation of fine whisky and retail experience gave him the ability to help create our sales division and begin introducing product to our distributor in 2015.  As Brand Ambassador you can meet him anywhere from grocery stores, special events, tours and tastings at the distillery, restaurants or bars showing our fine products to anyone who wants a taste.


CFO, has been a lynchpin in the start-up and diversification of the Do Good brand. Her prior business experience runs the entirety of business management and oversight, planning and operations. Cindy has several favorite charities but she also maintains that charity starts at home and as a dog lover and avid horsewoman she has been saving and re-homing animals in need for over 30 years. Cindy's favorite organized charities, close to her heart, are Home Again and Hospice.


Office Manager, joined our team with years of accounting, bookkeeping and inventory management. Her great attitude, superior work ethic and versatility make her a joy to have on our team and an easy introduction to our business by phone.


A creative photographer, computer tech and graphic designer who you may meet conducting tasting room tours, working special events, packaging or driving the floor sweeper, truly a "go to" player on the Do Good team.


Event Coordinator/PR Manager:

Before helping start Do Good Distillery, Liz studied Agribusiness at Cal Poly SLO and worked in the biotechnology and chemical industries.  She uses her technical skills and love for working with people to help educate folks on why Do Good spirits are different.  Liz loves bringing new people to the distillery to learn about our craft and help them discover their new favorite spirit.  In her spare time, Liz enjoys riding horses, running, and going to concerts.  Liz is also on the leadership team for the Women’s Education and Leadership League (WELL).

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