About Special Operations Salute™

Heritage Distilling Company (HDC) – is the most awarded craft distillery in North America for the last 10 years by the American Distilling Institute. It is a veteran co-founded distillery with nearly a decade of proven success raising funds for Special Forces affiliated charities and non-profit organizations.
HDC is proud to launch its latest product line Special Operations Salute™ to honor, celebrate, and raise funds for organizations that support our US Special Operations Forces (SOF).

Deployed around the world at the “Tip of the Spear”, US Special Operations Forces (SOF) make extraordinary sacrifices to protect us and defend our Freedoms.

The US Army SOF Edition is available now at www.heritagedistilling.com

This is a global expansion from a successful, 7-year, local fund-raising campaign for several charitable groups that support the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) community via sales of “1st SFG(A) Whiskey”.

Called Special Operations Salute, this project will deploy several editions in rapid succession, each focused on the SOF within a branch of service.


Mission Statement

The project exists to increase and broaden awareness of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the heroes and families of the United States Special Operations Forces.


Our goal is to raise substantial funds for select, non-profit organizations that support our SOF warriors, veterans, and their families with the target of raising at least $1 million for qualified charities for each featured military edition.


Unique Edition Whiskeys

Packaging: The label on each edition’s keepsake bottle proudly displays authentic iconography - by veteran and noted artist Serge Averbukh - and text honoring each service’s SOF units and personnel. The bottles are housed in collectible presentation tubes with matching iconography, extended text, and with a preview of the gift inside.

Spirit: For the local WA release, a custom, small-batch blend of super-premium Straight Whiskeys, matured at least 6 years and bottled at 105 proof, “Howitzer Strength”.

Gift: A frameable, 8” x 10” print of custom lithography by celebrated artist and veteran with multiple SOF deployments,  Michael Solovey, honoring each service’s SOF, sleeved in a document protector and wrapped around the bottle, inside the tube.

Non-profit organizations - Apply Here.

All organizations will be carefully vetted prior to participation and receiving donations.


Justin Stiefel and Sara Kellerman, two of Heritage Distilling's founders share the unique story behind the company and the commitment Heritage Distilling has to support the 1st Special Forces and military community.

Listen to The National Defense Radio Show featuring Justin Stiefel and Sara Kellerman to learn about the efforts Heritage Distilling puts forth to celebrate and honor the military community.