50+ years of combined beverage and spirits expertise

Jarrod Swanger

Chief Executive Officer


Jarrod is a long-time entrepreneur and had successfully brought up several multi million dollar companies before the idea of Sweet Grass was born.
His self-taught ability to bring ideas to life and execute business developments is remarkable. Sweet Grass Vodka is a passion project inspired by his wife’s Polish heritage and his love for premium spirits.
He teamed up with local South Carolina potato farmers to distill the finest craft vodka on the market true to Polish traditions.

Brian M. Friedopfer

Chief Operational Officer

For over 20 years, Brian has been a noteworthy leader in technology solutions, corporate IT, and organizational structure.

He describes himself as more of a coffee aficionado than vodka connoisseur.

That is probably for the best, making him the sharp, sober mind at the helm of our distillery.

Coming from several successful entrepreneurial ventures and prominent leadership roles at companies such as Thomson Reuters, The Bradford Group, and LaSalle Solutions, Brian brings the experience to take Sweet Grass Vodka from a local distillery in SC to a global spirits brand.

When he is not behind the steering wheel of Sweet Grass, Brian is an amateur race car driver. Hence, we have full confidence in his ability to make the right decisions in the heat of the moment.