The Team

We love serving St. Pete.

Come visit us and see what libations we have to offer. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions, we love to talk about our selection.

Tom-Erik Bockman-Pedersen


Famously known as, Dash, he is the jolly boss who can be seen around American Spirits rocking out to classics sipping La Vielle Ferme. The notorious numbers guy with deep Norwegian roots who took a chance on opening up a fine wine and spirits store after walking away from Wall Street. Just don’t talk politics with him.

Richard Roy


Everyday he’s shufflin’ around American Spirits managing the day to day operations. Growing up locally and tending bar for years make him our honorary historian in all things Tampa Bay. With a quick wit and a stare that can cut deep into your soul, Richard keeps pace with a cold Busch and a regular game of table shuffle.

Andrew Willis

Wine Guy

A once chef turned wine guy, Andrew loves pairing his favorite wines with curated food dishes and menus. A Midwest transplant soaking up the St. Pete sun. Ask him about his extensive travels stateside and abroad. In his down time he enjoys the outdoors, his 165lb Great Dane puppy and of course keeping all the wine under quality control. Cheers!

Josh Shaw

Beer Slinger

Resident beer know it all, specializing in sours and IPA. He is thankful to the craft beer movement for making his drinking problem seem more like a neat hobby. When Josh isn’t selecting beer for the store you can find him arguing sports with customers and running the store like a boss.

Kylin Brady

Wine Diva

From Broadway to the Burg, Kylin, The Wine Stewardess, has found her new niche in the world of hospitality. Now she is continuing her wine education with the World of Spirits and Education Trust. When not at the shop, you can find her cooking Indian food and sipping on a glass of her favorite effervescent Vinho Verde. Cheers!

Steve “Barry” Manero

Assistant to Beer

Resident DJ and volunteer employee. Steve keeps jam bands jamming throughout the evening and uses his photographic memory as a superpower to assist customers in whatever way possible. You can regularly catch him chugging gatorade or drinking beer when needed.

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