Our Story

Who We Are

Hotel Tango = Hilary & Travis

Founded in 2014 by Travis Barnes, three-time combat Recon Marine war veteran, who was disabled during his last deployment to Iraq, Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery got its start in Indianapolis, IN with the help of Barnes’ wife, Hilary and a group of law school friends. The name Hotel Tango reflects the foundation of our brand, inspired by Travis’ military background. Using the NATO phonetic alphabet, “Hotel” and “Tango” is derived from the first names of founders Hilary and Travis.

Our Mission

Simply put, we make spirits FOR ALL — no matter your taste buds, the occasion, gender, you name it. From the battlefield, where Travis served our country, to the farm field, where we grow our cocktail ingredients, to your glass, Hotel Tango is committed to bringing you artisan spirits you’ll be PROUD TO SERVE.