About Us

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 Kelch

Scott Kelch

Owner/Founder + Sales Manager

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 Kelch

Rachelle Kelch

Marketing/Events + Office Manager

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.

Kimberly Park

Kimberly Park

Southern Idaho Sales Rep + Real Estate Guru

Kimberly is a 3rd generation Treasure Valley Native, and she is raising her kids here as well. After completing her Bachelor's degree at University of Idaho, she landed in the political scene in Idaho. She moved on from politics to join a startup tech company in the early 2000's and continued in the tech industry until her kids were in middle school, when she decided to become a Realtor. She's been representing clients in real estate transactions for the last ten years. In her free time, Kim loves almost everything outside. You can find her exploring hiking and running trails, rafting the awesome white water in Idaho, training her pack goats, wake surfing the lakes, or ski camping at Bogus Basin. Some of her other interests/hobbies include growing enough cucumbers to supply the entire neighborhood with pickles for a year, and she loves to grow big flower patches to share with her friends. Her beverage of choice is a good Chardonnay, and she loves gin and tonic cocktails!

Jake Smith

Jake Smith

Eastern Idaho Sales Rep + Gourmet Chef

Jake hails from the East coast. He was raised in the woods of Maine, and was partial to finding hidden waterfalls. He moved to Virginia, where he studied and worked while enjoying the many trails, rivers, streams, creeks, and waterfalls the state had to offer. Jake has studied and worked in food, beverage, music, and politics. He was the chef at the #1 restaurant where he lived in Virginia before moving to Idaho in 2020. Jake enjoys exploring many types of beverages, but is partial to red wine, mezcal, and especially Islay scotch. Jake happily left most of his politics behind in college, which leaves room for the food, drink, and music. If you need anything in Eastern Idaho regarding spirits, Jake is your man!


Kristine Kempthorne

Kristine Kempthorne

McCall Area Sales Rep + Special Education Teacher

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!

We are hiring in the Coeur d'Alene Area!

We are hiring in the Coeur d'Alene Area!

North Idaho Sales Rep

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!


Lauren Hailey

Lauren Hailey

Administrative + Event Assistant

Lauren was born in Boise, Idaho, but grew up for most of her life in Sonoma County, California, where she developed an interest in the wine industry. She returned to Boise in the summer of 2021 and is looking forward to spending the rest of her days here, enjoying all of the four seasons for the first time since she can remember! Lauren is excited to explore her new home state and make many memories here. At NorthStar, Lauren helps with all kinds of administrative projects, from creating fun event flyers, to creating social media "events" to spread the word about our tastings, and so on! Her favorite cocktail is a Vodka Fresca with lime! In her free time, she enjoys making/tasting cocktails, and in her professional time she enjoys making/tasting cocktails... Looks like she found the perfect career!