A carpenter is never far from a toolbox and now a bartender can carry everything from a cocktail shaker to a bar spoon on the go with a high-quality handmade bag designed and assembled right here in Seattle, a mecca for the thriving craft cocktail scene.
Barkeeper & Co. has developed the B-bag, the perfect complement for the bartender who loves crafting that perfect cocktail. The waxed filter twill canvas exterior has a zipped pocket that will hold a wide variety of bartending tools. The interior has a water-resistant, hand-washable liner and a unique adjustable insert made by Trek Pak that provides space for up to eight bottles of liquor and wine or shakers and mixing glasses.
The bag was inspired by the work of Barkeeper & Co co-founder John Ueding, craft distilleries manager for Seattle-based Click Distributing and owner of Mixing Glass Consulting, which helps restaurants improve their cocktail offerings. Ueding is also the creator of Amaro No 1, winner of the Double Gold Medal/Best in Category in the American Distilling Institute’s Judging of Craft American Spirits competition.
Over time, Ueding built a collection of high-quality tools that were used at everything from local bar demonstrations to the Iron Mixologist contest. Finding an ideal bag to store everything was a greater challenge. “The bags were either extremely expensive or ugly and not very functional,” Ueding said. Over a beer at the Hilltop Ale House, Ueding and fellow bartender Craig Krueger realized they could build that bag.
“I wanted to use my progressive entrepreneurial business startup skills and create a one-of-a-kind product — the perfect bartenders bag that neither I nor any of my staff had for events,” Krueger said.
Bartender & Co. is working toward a year-end launch for the B-bag that includes a nationwide Kickstarter campaign on September 15th partnering with local companies including Scrappy’s Bitters, Bradley’s Tonic Co. and “Aphrodisiacs, with a Twist” author Mark Sexauer.
While the bag is designed for the professional bartender, the B-bag is versatile enough for anyone who enjoys owning a well-made bag.
“It’s a craft bartenders bag, a bar bag for the cocktail/wine connoisseur or even a bag for an Orange County housewife wanting to take all of the ingredients of her favorite cocktail to a dinner or private event,” Krueger said. “Throw all the tools and inserts out and you have yourself a weekend bag.”
To view the B-Bag on Kickstarter, click here.