Chad Kessler at newly launched 451 Spirits is a local artist, distiller and occasional musician. A transplant from the more rural town of West Jefferson, he often finds himself straddling the line between salt of the earth good ol' boy and socially liberal urban anarchist. Join 451 Spirits for its launch party at Little Rock on Sunday, Feb. 28, featuring the release of Dear Johnny, an apple-flavored whiskey, and Writer's Block, a rum spiked with mint and lime.

Chad Kessler at newly launched 451 Spirits is a local artist, distiller and occasional musician. A transplant from the more rural town of West Jefferson, he often finds himself straddling the line between salt of the earth good ol' boy and socially liberal urban anarchist. Join 451 Spirits for its launch party at Little Rock on Sunday, Feb. 28, featuring the release of Dear Johnny, an apple-flavored whiskey, and Writer's Block, a rum spiked with mint and lime.

Whiskey (Obviously)

I love it all - from full bodied bourbons and smokey Islay single malts all the way to Irish Pot Still and innovative craft whiskey - and have since my very first sip.

Skateboarding/Punk Rock/DIY

These are all one in the same to me, and have made me who I am and led me to where I am today. Can't find a spot to skate? Build your own! Don't like the bands you hear on the radio? Start a band! Same goes for whiskey making. If no one is making the spirits you can imagine, it's time to take matters into your own hands.

Mixed media art/Alternative Photography

Image transfers, collage, screen printing, toy cameras, dirty developing... Anything that gives a gritty and raw edge to art gets me stoked.

Literature/Poetry

Kerouac, Bukowski, Whitman, Hemingway (you get the picture). I like everything from transcendentalism to the so called "Beats" - basically anything with a semblance of counter-culture thinking and commentary on the human condition.

My family

My family has always been supportive of my endeavors, as crazy as some may have seemed, and taught me to stay true to myself. Somehow I ended up with an awesome wife and a couple of sweet pups as well.

Beverages in General

Even before my first strong drink I've always been fascinated by the range of flavors possible in all libations. From Gentian forward Moxie Soda or smokey Lapsang Souchong tea to a perfectly pulled espresso. I'm inherently thirsty and forever unquenched.

Fly Fishing

Just spending time away from the city in the water, wading in and trying to solve the puzzle of where fish should be. Combining that with the beauty of a perfectly thrown cast … always leaves me relaxed and at peace with the world.