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.

Visitor Center

Miko Heinilä


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

Tony Sivula

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

Joni Pukkinen

Grandma's pancakes with real butter and sugar and the joy of finding wild strawberries started the story. Our head chef makes taste journeys at Kyrö unforgettable.

Eveliina Hyppönen

Cooking, stewing and toasting in Kyrö kitchen this master chef remembers the trips she made as a kid to the beach and the sandwiches they ate after swimming. She still loves food. The very favourite dish? That would be entrecôte.

Lyydianna Hangassalo

When she´s not hosting distillery tours, she enjoys Hogwarts spiced with magical tattoo ideas and 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.

Kristiina Perkiö

Kristiina works behind the bar. She believes fighting makes sense when you do it in Spanish and mornings are worth it when you can sleep.

Katariina Kallio

Every tour she hosts, the safety is guaranteed. Mainly because she's a paramedic.

Eeva Iivari

From running barefoot in Kilimanjaro to run tours around rye distillery in Isokyrö. The only one of us who can tell the story of Kyrö in Estonian.

Susanne Koivisto

Tour host got very excited about Disney+ coming to Finland. Loves sushi, iced coffee and her cat.

German Team

Mikko Koskinen

Mikko is an ok guy who takes care of the brand while taking over Berlin. Has lots of hobbies, facial hair and ideas.

Liv Fleischhacker

This Berlin superstar likes salt and Italy: together and separate. The rest she'll tell you over a Negroni. On her days off, she gets really into different bottled waters and new marketing ideas.

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.

Marketing & Sales

Jouni Ritola

Our meditating CEO prefers the office to remote work and still remembers small talk from the year he spent in Chicago spreading rye.

Miika Lipiäinen


Moved to the UK to talk about Arsenal and rye. What will happen with the Diet Coke addiction remains to be seen.

Sanna Dooley

Head of the Brand Commercial Team is full of plans and has a laptop full of excels. Nothing gets you to her good graces quicker than a shared belly laugh accompanied by a classic whisky cocktail.

Reija Penttinen

Marketing and managing the visitor center and when she’s not doing that she just keeps dancing. Reija loves to travel and loves her kiddo; the curious and open-minded little human being we could all learn from.

Hanna-Leena Huhtala

The one who loves to sleep late in the morning and dream about travels. Has a work related social media addiction, creates (good) content and handles all things digital.

Jonna Kytömäki

Our marketing warehouse and customer service coordinator claims not to be a morning person but works like one. Uses every possible hour dreaming about a cottage by the ocean.

Vladimir Tsetsadze

Russian market manager dreams about making dreams come true. Hasn't visited his favourite city yet but wishes to find Khinkali from there, too.

Jenna Toivonen

Baby mama is out of office.

Whisky team

Kalle Valkonen

Before becoming the head distiller for a Finnish whisky distillery, this (crazy) scientist was developing biofuels and brewing beer.

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 and creating new drinks, masters Swedish dialect closest to ancient language and surely after meeting him, you'll know where he's from.

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.

Tommi Pöytälaakso

Our master of barrels is an introvert with social butterfly wings. Tommi enjoys nature and conversations: also with barrels. If he only had one wish, it would be to see his kids grow up to be happy and healthy. If he had another wish? He would buy a horse ranch for himself.

ABW (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.

Ásgeir Bergmann Pétursson

It’s weird his favourite city is Madrid due to good weather, great wines and amazing food. Yet he just moved to Isokyrö. Contract says Geiri does research and development. We think he’s also really good at making us all happy.

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 our head of logistics team – the one with the Fernet-Branca coin.

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.

Kaisa Havunen

Dreams about having another Hanami picnic in Tokyo one day. In charge of sending the bottles out to the world. Fan of whisky, drinks it neat.

Elisabeth Killinen

As a kid, this master of logistics and bottling used to drive around in a truck with her dad listening to Swedish hits. Nowadays loves to wake up early and admits her favourite drink is milk.

Finance and people

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.

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