Barking Irons Distilling & Imports Co. Releases First Product, Barking Irons Applejack

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The Barking Irons Distilling & Imports Co. is co-owned by creative partners Elliott Phear and Casey McGrath, and is a partnership with Barking Irons clothing founders, brothers Michael and Daniel Casarella. Initially inspired by Five Points-era New York and the rough and tumble spirit of Old Bowery culture that emerged from it, the Casarellas formed the Barking Irons brand in 2003. Meeting Phear and McGrath at an after-party some years later, the four hit it off and went on to produce an acoustic music series together in the brand’s Bowery loft space in the late 2000s. It was there, on the Bowery, while enjoying their fair share of booze-soaked celebrations, where the idea for a spirits line was born. With Phear and McGrath’s background running a spirits and rock n’ roll-focused creative agency and a shared interest in applejack’s long history (early New Yorkers freeze-distilled it at home, a process known as jacking), the partners began the process of bringing Barking Irons Applejack to market for its release this year.

The initial batch of Barking Irons Applejack is a sophisticated pairing of white pepper and cocoa, with an upfront spice reminiscent of a well-balanced rye whiskey that finishes clean like a crisp apple cider. A second batch of Barking Irons Applejack will be made available in Spring 2016.

Neat, in a shot, or to give your favorite cocktail a little downtown flavor, Barking Irons Applejack sets the standard for smooth, drinkable applejack. A recommended cocktail is the Barking Irons Lower Manhattan, similar to the original, just a little further downtown.

Barking Irons Applejack Lower Manhattan
2 oz. Barking Irons Applejack
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes angostura bitters

Pour the Applejack, vermouth and bitters into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve.

About Barking Irons Distilling & Imports Co.
Forged in the spirit of New York City’s infamous Five Points, the Barking Irons Distilling & Imports Co. is a brand that aims to resurrect the stylish and dangerous era of New York history through a family of colorful and unique spirits. Each spirit will embody the experience you might have had on a good night out in the Five Points or on the Bowery, and each spirit will bring to life a different element of that story.

About Barking Irons Clothing
Established in 2003 by brothers Daniel and Michael Casarella, Barking Irons is American storytelling told through American clothing. Born of a fascination for the history of Five Points-era New York, the Casarellas set out to create garments woven with the mythic narrative of American folklore. Catapulting to the forefront of the graphic t-shirt movement, Barking Irons has become a wardrobe staple for the high-minded lowlife. In the rough and tumble spirit of Old Bowery, Barking Irons develops detailed and compelling garments and products with brands that share a uniquely American point of view.

In 2007 Barking Irons began designing limited-edition tour t-shirts for Kings of Leon, paving the way for the creation of a music merchandise arm. Barking Irons now works with a myriad of musical giants including Billy Joel, Roger Waters, and Sean Lennon & Yoko Ono, creating carefully crafted merchandise that channels modern musicians through the lens of an old Bowery music hall. The Casarellas continue to grow the Barking Irons brand, and will be releasing a new accessories collection for SS2016.