The Team.



We are a versatile team with a shared goal: to bring new exciting experiences to the Finnish spirits scene. Our team consists of founding partners in one of the very first new wave microbreweries in Finland - Rekolan Panimo, of The Fiskars Villager of the Year 2015, of a Scottish renown botanics and wild herbs master and of an award-winning international brand design agency.


Susanna Kankare

Founding Partner, CEO  
Named Fiskars' resident of the year for a reason, Susanna is an inspiring, brave and modern peasant who makes art of being from the countryside. Susanna has a decade long experience working as a manager, entrepreneur and with project development. At Ägräs she is the CEO and also in charge of planning and building the tap-room and planning and executing the direct customer experience component of the business. INTERVIEW


Jari Leinonen

Founding Partner, Product Development
Jari is no novice to the industry. With 17 years experience from the restaurant business, his life is all about flavours and different tastes. His approach to distilling and brewing is founded upon his unending pursuit of finding unusual and memorable flavours that make his products uniquely distinguishable. The Founder of Rekolan Panimo and a partner at Fiskarsin Juustola, Jari is an accomplished entrepreneur with solid know-how of how to build a business from nothing to successful operations . INTERVIEW


Juha Kuronen

Founding Partner, Product Development
Juha is Hyvinkää’s gift to Ägräs. Even more so, as the Product Developer of the Distillery, Juha's responsibility is to take the products forward ambitiously together with the Head Distiller, with clear goals in mind. Juha has a long entrepreneurial background in both the IT business and the drinks industry. 


Tomi Purhonen

Head Distiller
Tomi Purhonen is Ägräs’ best kept secret. Tomi’s affinity towards the production process and the business as a whole has been refined over 15 years of craft distilling, brewing and hospitality experience. Today, he is part of Ägräs' heart and soul, eager to push out to the public remarkable spirits worthy of attention.  With invaluable know-how for the distilling process and natural talent for everything related to spirits and maturation, the Savo native has all that it takes to place Ägräs firmly in the global spirits scene.


Kenneth McMaster

Botanics and Herbs Master
Kenneth came to Finland in the year 2000. When he moved to Karjaa, where there are few bars and limited beers on offer, Kenneth started making home-made wine and brewing beer. He wanted to use as much local, home grown and wild produce as possible. Having got to know the local area through foraging for mushrooms and berries he was able to find the ingredients needed for making gruit ale - a promising start to something greater to come. His natural talent for finding and utilizing nature’s best flavors is Ägräs’ proprietary secret we are holding on to with both hands.


Anssi Takala

Founding Partner, Business Development & Sales
Anssi is an international sales professional with longstanding experience in business development, product management and international business and strategy. Anssi’s global connections spanning from North America to East Asia, his natural talent for sales, and sense for the exciting will be muscle behind Ägräs’ commercialization worldwide.



The Community.