Our Mission

Creating a world's first...

Big Stick Bourbon is the world's FIRST and ONLY whiskey that adds a BIG STICK to the bottle which continuously improves the flavor inside the bottle.  We're working tirelessly to innovate and create something new and unique in the world of whiskey.


Our in-bottle BIG STICK system helps remove the harsh bite found in most other whiskeys and creates a smooth, flavorful, tasting experience for whiskey drinkers of all backgrounds without the hefty price tag.

Our Story

Go Big or Go Home...

Big Stick Bourbon was founded by two friends, a USMC veteran and an engineer, both patriots, who set out to create a better bourbon.

During a New Year’s Eve vacation, we realized we were both looking for a new adventure. When you achieve a certain level of success you have two choices, coast or look for bigger mountains to climb.


Neither of us is short on bravado (n.a pretentious, swaggering display of courage) or determination.  We decided to start a bourbon business. We wanted to create a business to combine our love of bourbon and support our deep respect for the military. The idea actually came to one of the founders in church while he was introspective about what to do next with his life.


Nothing works better than asking for help while in church.  Suddenly, it was as clear as day - create Semper Fi Brands, LLC to produce outstanding spirits and donate a portion of the profits to military charities - forever.


We started on the quest to find a special recipe that would stand out from all the others. Alas, there is only so much you can do with a mash recipe. Variations all taste great but are too similar to stand out. The marketing pitch is all that separated them. Small batch runs are never the same twice. We went one step further with a much different and unique direction.


By placing a large charred stick in a bottle, combined with a custom recipe, you achieve several unique flavor characteristics. Timid is not a word used to describe us. Following that theme, what better name to call it than BIG STICK Bourbon™. We want everyone to experience what we believe is the best bourbon you will ever taste, again, and again.


Thank you to all our serving military members, veterans, and their families. May the Lord bless you and keep you.


Semper Fi Brands, LLC - it’s not just a name, it’s a way of life.


Our Passion

Always Faithful.

Our passion for creating a great bourbon is only matched for our devotion to giving back to the military community. 

We are blessed to live in the greatest country in the world and recognize the many sacrifices members of the military have made to allow us to pursue our love of making a great whiskey. 


We dedicate five percent of our profits to military charities forever. Semper Fi - It's not just a name, it's a way of life.

Meet The Team


Mike Ryan

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Mr. Ryan is a BSEE graduate of General Motors Institute  and has attended the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. He has over 30 years of experience in project and executive management in Energy and Information Technology with global expertise in strategy creation, developing executive relationships, complex project management and applying technology to business opportunities through a solid understanding of financial analysis, capital budgeting and technology applications. He also has extensive experience in the business deployment of global IT projects and has served in several V.P. and CIO roles. Various members of his family have served in the US Army, Navy, Navy SEALS, Marine Corps, Air Force and Space Force, and have greatly influenced his life.

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Joe D. Baker II

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Mr. Baker is a graduate of the University of Texas, with a commission in the United States Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel (retired). Mr. Baker holds a BA & BS from the University of Texas, a JD summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law, and LLM with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center.  He was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps serving as a Field Artillery Officer and later a Judge Advocate.  Mr. Baker served in various units and duty stations including Fifth Battalion, Eleventh Marines and the Office of Counsel for the Commandant from 2000-2003. He received the Navy Commendation Medal for his efforts assisting with the evacuation at the Pentagon on 9/11/01. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of service. 


Jack A. Harvey

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Jack A. Harvey has 30+ years of sales and marketing experience in the beverage alcohol industry. Jack started his career managing a package store chain in Austin, Texas while attending The University of Texas. He worked for Glazer’s Wholesale throughout the state in various sales and management roles, followed by an opportunity at Brown-Forman Beverages.


He served as a National Accounts Sales Manager. After BFB, Jack accepted a role to manage the sales and distribution network for Rodney Strong Vineyards covering the Central United States. For the last 10 years Jack worked for V2 Wine Group and Delicato Family Vineyards. He was the Vice President in the Central United States leading the sales effort with his team in all channels of sales.


Jack received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University. He is a proud 6th Generation Texan and resides in Fort Worth with his Border Collie and “Best Friend” Merlin.