We're Scott and Rachelle Kelch. When we tell people what we do for a living, we always get the answer "ah, that's just the dream job isn't it?" and yes, it absolutely is!
We've been operating as an official Idaho liquor broker since 2011, and we still get that giggly feeling (the alcohol probably helps) when we meet talented individuals who want to bring their ambitious and delicious spirits to the Gem state. There's nothing we love more than to give brands that Idaho service and sense of adventure that Idaho is known for.
Scott has been in the alcohol business since 2007, when he started a career with an Anheuser-Busch distributor in Austin, Texas. After vacationing to Boise, Scott decided to move to Idaho and secured a position with the local A/B distributor as an on-premise sales rep. After a couple years in the beer business, Scott had the opportunity to advance his career with a local liquor broker. Scott started out as the Boise Sales Rep and soon became the Idaho State Manager. After a year's time, Scott was promoted to Regional Sales Manager covering the Pacific Northwest, all while receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Northwest Nazarene University. Upon the owner’s retirement, Scott started NorthStar Spirits in 2011 and has been the Owner/Sales Manager covering the entire State of Idaho. Starting out as a small brokerage in 2011 with three suppliers, Scott has grown NorthStar Spirits to become one the most prominent liquor brokerages in the State of Idaho. With a passion for Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, NorthStar Spirits prides themselves in representing small-to-medium-sized distilleries from the region, and beyond. Scott has extensive experience launching brands in Idaho and has been very successful growing them. Scott is also well-versed in bourbon, and has been to Kentucky for Bourbon Fest. He tends to choose bourbon as his drink of choice. When not slinging booze, Scott along with his wife, Rachelle, their son, Wyatt, and daughter, Karissa, are usually found somewhere in the Idaho mountains fishing, camping, or enjoying an adult beverage in an Idaho hot spring.
Rachelle is a rare Idaho native and attended Pepperdine University in her younger days, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She has a background in marketing and has been successfully running events in the Treasure Valley area for the past ten years. She manages many of our liquor tasting events, from big events like Sip Idaho, to smaller public liquor tasting events inside bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. She also does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work, like completing paperwork for new liquor product listings, invoicing suppliers, social media management, monthly email newsletters, and website updates! In 2019, Rachelle helped clarify some of Idaho's liquor sampling laws to the public, while working with the Idaho State Liquor Division and the Alcohol Beverage Control, to benefit all reps in the state. She founded Sip Idaho in 2019, Idaho's only public all-liquor tasting event! Sip Idaho is an annual event, held in July during Idaho Spirits Month, where the public can come to one place and try all kinds of spirits - whiskies, vodkas, gin, tequila, etc. Visit our sister website at www.SipIdahoEvent.com for more information. When Rachelle isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her son, Wyatt, daughter, Karissa, and husband, Scott. As a family, they enjoy Idaho’s outdoors, including camping, boating, hot springing, and traveling! Rachelle also likes to drink wine which is “not working” on her time off, and enjoys a good highland single malt Scotch or Japanese Whiskey.
Interesting in working in the liquor industry? Do you have a lot of ambition, strong work ethic, and drive? We are looking for a self-motivated individual to join our team in the Treasure Valley area. The ideal individual would live in the Boise area, and cover the 100 District territory. Interested in learning more? Contact us!
Doug was born and raised in Nebraska and spent a 25-year career in the United States Army serving in various US assignments, Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. His last assignment was serving as the Idaho Military Division Inspector General, which allowed Doug and his family to put their roots down in Idaho. He also worked for the Idaho Division of Veterans Services as the education director and a veteran service officer. Doug graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in German and Criminology from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. Doug and his wife Joan have four adult daughters, and they love to travel and adventure in the outdoors: primarily hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and skiing. Doug’s drinks of choice are single-grain whiskies and smoky scotches.
Interesting in working in the liquor industry? Do you have a lot of ambition, strong work ethic, and drive? We are looking for a self-motivated individual to join our team in the Treasure Valley area. The ideal individual would live in the Idaho Falls or Twin Falls area, and cover the 200 District territory. Interested in learning more? Contact us!
Kristine comes from Southern California where she had the opportunity to move to Idaho to pursue a career in education, as a special education teacher, and enjoy all of the outdoors Idaho has to offer, such as rafting, hiking, and enjoying Idaho adventures! Kristine has several degrees, as it took her awhile to figure out where her passion truly lies. She has degrees in - AA in Criminal Justice, BS in Business, MA in Special Education, and a MA in Administration & Supervision. Kristine has a love of fine wine and a good rum. While you may find her drinking a rum and cherry coke, you may also see her sipping on Coconut Cartel Rum! Her love of great spirits lead her to NorthStar, to help others explore learning about new and amazing liquors they may not have experienced yet!
Interesting in working in the liquor industry? Do you have a lot of ambition, strong work ethic, and drive? We are looking for a self-motivated individual to join our team in the Treasure Valley area. The ideal individual would live in the Coeur d'Alene area, and cover the 300 District territory. Interested in learning more? Contact us!
Shayna was born and raised in Meridian, Idaho, and she still lives and works in the area. She obtained her Cosmetology License in 2020 and has been working in a salon doing hair ever since. She enjoys spending time in the mountains or taking road trips to explore new places. But when she’s home, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen or hanging out with her two dogs, Ollie and Nash. Being raised around a local family winery as well as a family with a good taste in liquor, she has always held an appreciation for the industry and looks forward to exploring different aspects of the liquor business. Shayna helps with all kinds of administrative tasks as well as managing our social media content. Her favorite cocktail is a whiskey sour or a well made margarita, but she also enjoys a good glass of red wine.
Rebecca is an Idaho native, born and raised in Burley, ID. She learned at a young age that hard work, drive, and dedication pay off. After graduating High School, she attended college at CSI in Twin Falls to study Business Management. Rebecca moved to the Boise area in 2011 where she met her husband and is now happily married, raising 3 kids. Rebecca comes from a family with a background in Real Estate and Business Management. Rebecca has spent many years in customer service and office management, and she focuses on working with liquor suppliers on new product submissions. She holds an appreciation for the liquor industry and looks forward to exploring different aspects of the business. Her favorite cocktails are a Whisky Sour and a Mojito with extra lime. When she's not working, Rebecca spends her spring and summer weekends up in the mountains, camping with her family.