Loft & Bear is the brainchild of Paul Ryan Elliott, an east coast native and a graduate of University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Paul, who comes from a lineage of entrepreneurs, learned the art of distilling while growing his family’s construction company. Loft & Bear Distillery continues to work toward fulfilling long-term sustainable success and is encouraged by the opportunity to support the local community and bring inclusivity and diversity of thought to the beverage alcohol industry. As part of our community commitment, Paul’s protégé, Giovanni Machorro, a Los Angeles native, has learned the art of distilling and is now our lead distiller. Additionally, we offer all our staff a living wage. Our commitment to social awareness is seen in our Distill.Drink.Donate program. 5% of Loft & Bear profits are donated to PATH, a charity aimed at ending homelessness throughout Southern California and Homeboy Industries, founded in Los Angeles, now the largest gang intervention, rehab, and re-entry program in the world.