Meet the Kyrö people

Over the years Kyrö has grown to a world known distillery. Five guys with a dream turned into a supersized family. Get to know the Kyrö people.


Miika Lipiäinen


Gives the beat as a CEO but plays real drums, too. Winning the fight with Coke Zero addiction.

Mikko Koskinen

Mikko is an ok guy who takes care of the brand. He has lots of hobbies, facial hair and ideas.

Miko Heinilä


Watches over the premises and tells never ending stories about (Iso)Kyrö history to everyone who wanders his way.

Kalle Valkonen

Before becoming the head distiller, this (crazy) scientist was developing biofuels and brewing beer.

Jouni Ritola

Fearless salesman spent a year in Chicago. Moved back to Helsinki to teach small talk to Finns.

Visitor Center

Tony Sivula

Sheep farmer and distillery bar manager who keeps leaving his keys in places he forgets about.

Jenni Hautala

She dreams about growing her own potatoes but for now she´s the heart (and bit of the soul) of the restaurant. Organizes local events and never says no to a glass of white wine.

Lyydianna Hangassalo

When she´s not hosting, she enjoys her grandpa´s stories spiced with ice cream bowls.

Meeri Luhtala

The never ending smile left Isokyrö just to come back with more stories to tell. Makes the tours and drinks tasty.

Katariina Kallio

Every tour and night she hosts, we´re safe. Mainly because she´s a paramedic.

Josefin Strandberg

Never seen not doing something. Most likely found in the office or on a tour. Often found enjoying liquorice.

Nadja Myllyviita

It used to be the hammer she was good at throwing but now she basically throws a party every time she steps behind the bar. In Finnish, Swedish and English.

Sales team

Mikko Ali-Melkkilä

Not your typical salesman, very much a cat person but also a DJ. No one knows where the gigs are, though.

Eerik Lähteenpää

Our unofficial IT-helpdesk and official salesman loves to read and travel but doesn’t have time for either.

Mauricio Allende

Little spice of Mexico in Kyrö. Talks a lot, laughs at bad jokes and prefers cold weather.

Max Sabato

Spreads the rye in Germany and drives a Volvo. Also the one we like to send in the kitchen and see magic happen.

Brand and marketing

Laura Järnefelt

Above all nonsense except when it comes to coffee. Better than tripadvisor with restaurants and g-rye-t lead of Kyrö marketing.

Hanna-Leena Huhtala

The one who loves to sleep late in the morning and answers your questions about the barrels. Has a work related social media addiction.

Jenna Toivonen

She makes the stories from the distillery spread with her marketing skills. Has a stock of flavoured chewing gum stored in a secret place that isn´t that secret.

Pirita Litmanen

Busy with brand related stuff and happy when the sun is shining. Art director of the office and Kyröfest.

Janni Markkula

Our product manager could easily survive on a deserted island if there was Asian food and puppies running around.

Sanna Dooley

Has lived all around the world and laughed a lot. Still laughs but we´re not sure if it is with us or at us. On maternity leave from doing Kyrö marketing.

Whisky team

Mari Saarenpää

Prefers whisky smoky and knows how to replace problems with solutions. Leads the whisky team with loads of love.

Jonas Backlund

Besides whisky distilling, masters Swedish dialect closest to ancient language and surely after meeting him, you´ll know where he´s from.

Sami Taijala

Allround mysterious shovel man can be found around the pot stills inventing the greatest patents.

Timo Mäkelä

Surprisingly talkative introvert who says he can distill whisky and play bass at the same time but no one has seen that happen yet.

Terhi Vuorimaa

Besides barreling, loves London vibes and animals.

ABV (all but whisky) team

Matti Leppälehto

Gin blender who likes sauna, loves electronic music and laughs at really bad jokes. Better known as “the sauce guy”.

Sanni Aittanen

Former aircraft mechanic is a talent on the baseball field and in gin distilling.

Bottling, logistics and production

Jani Kujala

In this case it takes one to tango and Jani is the one singing it while managing the Kyrö production.

Outi Heiniluoma

Kyrö bottles would get lost in translation without these logistical skills. She´s also a damn good photographer.

Ann-Marie Kallio

Gardening enthusiast who keeps packing materials strictly in order and spices Isokyrö with her Swedish flavour.

Taina Perttula

Works in logistics and masters in casseroles. Loves animals when they are not spiders.

Office and finance

Linda Hasi

Financial director who comes down the hills freeriding. Loves mushrooming and art galleries.

Jenni Soini

Remembers more than is humanly possible even for a finance manager. Spends most of her free time renovating a 100-year-old house by the Kyrö river.