What’s shakin, cocktail fans!
Welcome to Episode 102 of The Modern Bar Cart Podcast!
This episode is part two of a little mini-series we’re running on mexican-inspired distilling methods and base ingredients. In episode 101, we chatted with Max and Eli from the Baltimore Spirits Company about their mezcal-style apple brandies.
This time around, we catch up with RB Wolfensberger, who’s the head distiller over at Gray Wolf Craft Distilling. He has a new product hitting the market, and it’s not your typical gin or whiskey – this is something completely different and relatively rare in the U.S. craft distilling space.
Some of the topics RB and I discuss include:
How his new American agave spirit – called “Lobo” – fits in with the other products in the Gray Wolf portfolio, which we taste and nose as we go.
The differences between using an agave heart or “pina” vs. using an agave nectar as the base for a distilled spirit.
Why barrel aging agave spirits is traditionally very different than most other barrel-aging approaches, and what RB is doing to kinda shake things up and set his product apart.
The challenges of introducing a non-tequila, non-mezcal agave spirit into an American market that takes comfort in traditional agave categories and classifications.
An on-air cocktail demo using the Lobo to make a dry, refreshing riff on an agave Manhattan.
Meditations on the late, great distiller Dave Pickerel,
And much, much more
You can follow Gray Wolf Craft Distilling on Instagram (@graywolfcraftdistilling) and you can say hi to RB on Twitter at Distiller (@GrayWolfCraft)