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Islay's Barrel

Extending summer program opportunities to South West Michigan children!

In 2012, just two years after the start of Journeyman Distillery, proprietors Bill and Johanna Welter, gave birth to their daughter Islay. At this time, a 53 gallon barrel of Rye whiskey was filled for the benefit of her future education. Islay's Barrel is an extension of that concept!

We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, with a mission to extend summer program opportunities to Southwest Michigan children who, without assistance, would otherwise not have the means to enjoy. As parents, Bill and Johanna wanted to create something for their daughters future. As part of the community they wanted to create a network of people who want to see kids in our area get the enrichment they deserve. Through various fundraisers, the newly created Islay's Barrel raises money to send local recipients to summer programs, providing opportunities to develop and be inspired by a personal connection to nature. 

This is also a chance to support valuable programs, such as the Dunes Learning Center and Camp Eberhart, that serve kids in your community. Because of the generosity of friends like you, we are able to continue to enhance the lives of the students and families we serve both socially and academically!


Bill Welter | President
Chuck Welter | Vice President
Bill Korbel | Treasurer
Johanna Welter | Secretary
Heather Payne | Member of the Board