ABOUT

American Made

Cold Zero’s founders are proud-to-be-American veterans from the Special Operations community who were tired of drinking Russian vodka. That’s why we distill and bottle our premium spirits with Cedar Ridge Distillery in Swisher, Iowa, one of the nation’s finest purveyors of spirits.

Our Mission

Founded by Patriots. Enjoyed by all.

Whether you’re a civilian, soldier, sailor, airman, or marine; a SEAL or Green Beret, Cold Zero is for you. We want to showcase the hard work of the Midwest nationwide, bringing our whiskey into the spotlight and building a reputation for our premier vodka. A portion of our profits goes to organizations that enrich the lives of active-duty service members, their families, and the veteran community.

In partnership with our nation's heroes

Cold Zero is passionate about helping veterans thrive after their transition to civilian life, which is why we’ve partnered with Veteran non-profits like Warrior Rising, the Green Beret Foundation and the Medal of Honor Society.

We’ve partnered with organizations that have mission and impacts close to our hearts.

Our mission is to continue to serve through charitable donations and support to Veteran nonprofits that honor both the service and sacrifices of our nation’s heroes.

Green Beret Foundation
Congressional Medal of Honor
Casey Maxted

Casey Maxted

Founder

Casey was a member of the US Army Special Forces before retiring…

Chad W.

Founder

Chad has more than 25 years on Active Duty Service, with the majority of that time spent in the Special…

Nick Lavery

Nick Lavery

Strategic Advisor

Nick is an active-duty Green Beret within The United States Army Special Forces…

Leroy Petry

Founder

Leroy Petry is a retired Airborne Ranger, and the second living recipient of The Medal of Honor…

Benjamin BUnn

Founder

Ben joined the Army in 2000, deployed in the initial invasion to Iraq in 2003…

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Medal of Honor Medal

Each bottle of Cold Zero Reserve Whiskey is signed by a medal of honor recipient. Click below to learn more about their heroic actions.

Jeff Quint

Founder / Owner
Cedar Ridge Distillery

Jeff and Murphy Quint

Murphy Quint

Head Distiller / Director of Operations
Cedar Ridge Distillery

Jeff Quint

Founder / Owner
Cedar Ridge Distillery

Murphy Quint

Head Distiller / Director of Operations
Cedar Ridge Distillery

Jeff and Murphy Quint

In 2005, Jeff Quint founded Cedar Ridge Distillery because he believed it was time for Iowa—the number one corn-producing state in the U.S.—to share its homegrown bourbon whiskey with the world.

Today, as Iowa’s oldest distillery, Cedar Ridge provides premium Midwest whiskey from America’s grain belt, managing every step of production while allowing nature be the ultimate guide. Influenced by a heritage of wine making and roots in agriculture, Cedar Ridge consistently produces high-quality award-winning products.

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Casey Maxted
Casey Maxted
Casey Maxted

Founder

RANK: SSG
CONFLICT / ERA: WAR ON TERRORISM
MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. ARMY
Years of service: 18

An Iowa native and former United States Army Special Forces “Green Beret”, Casey transitioned to the FBI, serving as a Special Agent for 14 years, specializing in Counterterrorism and Violent Crime. Following his dedicated service, Casey returned to Iowa, founding Cold Zero Spirits. Casey’s passionate about supporting and giving back to Veterans through various organizations.

Chad W
Chad W

Founder

RANK: Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3)
CONFLICT / ERA: WAR ON TERRORISM
MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. ARMY
Years of service: 25

Chad has more than 25 years on Active Duty Service, with the majority of that time spent in the Special Forces. Chad still works closely with the military, and is an advocate for veteran suicide prevention.

Nick Lavery
Nick Lavery
Nick Lavery

Strategic Advisor

RANK: CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER TWO
CONFLICT / ERA: WAR ON TERRORISM
MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. ARMY

Nick, born and raised in Massachusetts, is an active-duty Green Beret within The United States Army Special Forces tasked with conducting critical missions including direct action, counterinsurgency, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, and unconventional warfare. Read full bio

Leroy Petry
Leroy Petry
Leroy Petry

Founder

RANK: MASTER SERGEANT
CONFLICT / ERA: WAR ON TERRORISM
MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. ARMY
Years of service: 15

Leroy Petry is a retired Airborne Ranger, and the second living recipient of The Medal of Honor awarded for valorous service/action in Afghanistan. He currently serves as President of the Medal of Honor Society.

Benjamin Bunn

Founder

RANK: CAPTAIN
CONFLICT / ERA: GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM
MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. ARMY
Years of service: 17

Ben served as a Green Beret and Infantry Officer in Iraq and Afghanistan for 17 years before starting his own CrossFit gym. He currently consults for several mid-sized businesses and veteran non-profits.