Women Take The Lead
505 Spirits is proud to be majority woman owned and woman led. Our team is like a little family, and everyone wears many hats. Our 505 Spirits Family consists of, from left to right above: Sarah McPhee (Distiller & Sales), Anna Jones (Founder & CEO), Robert Houston (Founder & Distiller), Ashley Smith (Distiller & Sales) and Mochi, our Great Pyrenees, (not at all) ferocious guard dog.
Anna Jones and Robert Houston are the duo behind the distillery.
A psychic said they were meant to be together in a previous life until Robert drowned and Anna was unable to save him. Because of that, Anna made it really hard for Robert to catch her in this life. They met at age 25, but it took Robert until they were both 40 to convince her to marry him.
Now they live with their daughter, Eve, in the small mountaintop town of Placitas, New Mexico, far from the water. Both Anna & Robert did many different things before they got together. Anna is a sculptor & chef who worked in San Francisco, NYC & Chicago. Robert is a painter & sculptor who grew addicted to vineyards while living in Italy.
With her background in fine restaurants and catering, Anna brings her sensibility and skill in combining ingredients to develop complex and unexpected flavors. With his background in liquor retail, Robert brings his understanding of the industry and his insight into customer demand for the types of local liquor products no one else is making. With their backgrounds in the visual arts, Anna & Robert work together to design the labels, packaging and all the graphic aspects of the brand.
505 Spirits is the incarnation of what Anna & Robert have both learned & done. It’s the marriage of their love for local food, fine cuisine, wine, spirits, art & culture. It’s been a long road to this path. Please join them & see where it leads!
Both Ashley & Sarah have the title "Distiller & Sales", but they distill, infuse, strain, bottle, label, sell, deliver...
Ashley Smith | Distiller & Sales
Ashley grew up in Florida and California before settling in New Mexico 26 years ago. She graduated from culinary school in Las Vegas, NM in 2011, and has several years of bartending in her wheelhouse. She loves to travel which leads to her passion for good food & drink. She also enjoys camping, hiking and fishing with her husband and their 2 dogs, Bowie and Matilda.
Sarah McPhee | Distiller & Sales
Born in Albuquerque, and raised in Placitas, Sarah McPhee knows what it means to be local. After finishing her MBA at the Anderson School of Management and discovering that an office job wasn't quite the right fit, Sarah decided to seek out a new adventure and found her way to 505 Spirits. With her marketing expertise and passion for food and drink, Sarah makes a perfect addition to the team. When she's not on the Placitas compound, you can find her grabbing take-out from a new local spot, cooking something scrumptious, dreaming up cocktail recipes, or trying to get her cat, Salt, to cuddle with her.