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April 18, 2024 51 mins

Two founders of 1953 Tequila, Lindsey Davis Stover and Shivam Mallick Shah, join Conor for a special in-person conversation to share how their ultra-premium, additive-free tequila is prioritizing sustainability, elevating women in the spirits industry, and also offering an awesome drinking experience.

Lindsey, Shivam, and the rest of the 1953 founding team met through Congressional campaigns for Virginia’s 10th district, and the idea for a women-led, luxury tequila company followed soon after. True to their mission, the founders secured a deal to source from an agave farmer who was passing his farm on to his daughters. Named after the year women in Mexico gained the right to vote, 1953 Tequila has shaken up the male-dominated spirits industry from day one, and it was recently named the Best Additive-Free Tequila by Men’s Journal.

As you’ll hear, Shivam Mallick Shah and Lindsey Davis Stover have big dreams for tequila and beyond.

Episode Highlights:

00:00 Lindsey on pitching her crazy idea for a tequila company

00:48 Conor Gaughan introduces Lindsey, Shivam, and 1953 Tequila 

02:00 Bureaucratic backgrounds and running for Congress

13:00 The idea to launch, women in spirits, and meeting agave farmers

20:32 Branding, the origin of the name, and making it additive free

28:10 Building in a new industry, getting to market, and finding distribution

33:09 Challenges as a women-led brand in a male-dominated industry 

36:37 Social impact opportunity, sustainability, and doing good 

41:35 Building for the future, remaining optimistic, and sources of inspiration

48:28 Where to learn more… or find a bottle! 

50:00 Outro and end credits

The book Lindsey mentioned: What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada

Shivam meant to mention she is reading: Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens by her husband, Rajiv Shah.

If you liked this episode, listen next to John Little of Smooth Ambler Spirits Co. on Craft Distilling, Sustainable Growth, and Disrupting the Bourbon Industry

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