Holystone is a soft and brittle sandstone that was formerly used in the Royal Navy and US Navy for scrubbing and whitening the wooden decks of ships. A variety of origins have been proposed for the term, including that such stones were taken from broken monuments of St. Nicholas Church in Great Yarmouth or else the ruined church of St. Helens adjacent to the St Helens Road anchorage of the Isle of Wight where ships would often provision. The US Navy has it the term may have come from the fact that 'holystoning the deck' was originally done on one's knees, as in prayer. Smaller holystones were called "prayer books" and larger ones "Bibles". Holystoning eventually was not generally done on the knees but with a stick resting in a depression in the flat side of the stone and held under the arm and in the hands and moved back and forth with grain on each plank while standing or partially leaning over to put pressure on the stick-driven stone. Holystoning continued on teak-decked Iowa-Class battleships into the 1990s. 

For us, the Holystone signifies persistance, hardwork, humility, and teamwork.



 The combination of the Bravo and Zulu nautical signal flags, e.g., Bravo Zulu, also referred to as "BZ," is a naval signal, typically conveyed by flaghoist or voice radio, meaning "Well Done" with regard to actions, operations or performance. In addition to U.S. naval forces, it has also been used as part of vernacular slang within NATO and other Allied naval forces. 

For us, Bravo Zulu gives us a standard to maintain. Our spirits will be done well and we aim to raise the BZ flags in every heart and mind that experiences our products and/or our distillery.

Our Team

Michael DeShazo


Owner/Market Scout

After a career in military service, Mr. DeShazo retired to work for Fedex Express and also pursue his dream of opening a distillery.

 In the military Mr. DeShazo started out as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division before attending college at Texas A&M.  Offered an opportunity to fly for the U.S. Navy, he graduated Aviation Officer Candidate School and Flight School before getting his Naval Aviator Wings and reporting to Antarctic Development Squadron 6.   There he operated the LC-130 in support of the National Science Foundations Antarctic Research operations.  After that first tour he was assigned to Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron 4 flying the E-6A aircraft as part of the nations nuclear deterrent force, then to Fleet Logistic Squadrons 55 and 54 where he flew the C-130 as an active duty member of  the Naval Reserve.

In his current position as a pilot for Fedex Express, Mr. DeShazo is tasked with the operation of a Boeing 777 in the international arena.

 After retirement from the military Mr. DeShazo started a company manufacturing custom equipment for military and law enforcement involved in the War on Terror and anti-drug efforts at home and abroad.  His equipment is currently in use with several law enforcement agencies and military units.

Ethan S. Miller


Owner/Head Distiller

After leaving a career in optical, Ethan S. Miller stepped into the world of quality spirits by joining the team at High West Distillery where he became Assistant Blending Coordinator and Safety Coordinator.  After a few years he then moved to Portland, OR and became a distiller for New Deal Distillery where he worked and trained under industry pioneer Tom Burkleaux. After his time in Portland, Ethan returned to Utah to help start Dented Brick Distillery. At Dented Brick Ethan helped get the business started from the ground up winning a myriad of awards for his recipes, including being the youngest distiller to win the RumXP award for his white rum.

He founded the Distillers Guild Of Utah and is currently the guild's President. 

Ethan is a proud father and is frequently involved in his community on many levels. He used to fight in the MMA  cage and currently plays bass guitar in a local rock band.

He has also done work for GeoTek assisting in the planning and collection of geological cores while on expedition in the pacific ocean.

Ethan is an accomplished distiller that has won a plethora of awards for a wide variety of spirits.

Now he has teamed up with the DeShazo family to do something new, Holystone Distilling

Barbie Busch DeShazo


Owner/Events Coordinator

Barbie is a force for good in the world. 

Her greatest passion is serving others, a passion which began as a very young child serving her community alongside her father, a Bishop in the LDS Church. Her community service has included volunteer efforts with many organizations in the Salt Lake City area and abroad. 

As a businesswoman, Barbie has been very successful in Real Estate, both residential and commercial, becoming one of the most productive Agents in Utah, with a focus on client satisfaction, community growth and economic improvement. 

Barbie is a founding member of a Real Estate Development group that is currently enjoying success due to their commitment to the team approach to business as well as diversity of team members, drawing from the experiences and talents of numerous people in the Real Estate and Development industry in Utah. 

In addition to being an Entrepreneur, Commercial Real Estate Agent, and passionate Philanthropist, Barbie is a Dancer and, most proudly, a Mother.