The Story

I started with one bourbon barrel from a local brewery with an idea already in my head with what I wanted to create.  Not knowing exactly how to approach the construction of the cabinet, I used basic carpentry skills, researched how barrels were constructed and acquired new skills.  Through this process, I learned different and more efficient ways of going about the creation of these unique cabinets, and more and more ideas continue to pour out.

  After having some friends and family over, it really turned into a conversation piece and I was encouraged to pursue the liquor barrel cabinets as a hobby.  Through a family contact, I was linked up with a wine representative who was able to aquire wine barrels for me.  These new barrels now allowed me to expand on cabinets ideas and broaden the customer base to not just spirit lovers, but to wine lovers too.

  I decided that my first wine barrel cabinet that I made, should be donated to charity.  The first thing that came to my mind was The Wounded Warriors Project.  The wine rep told me of an auction coming up  and that it would be the perfect opportunity for the cabinet to raise some money and to have it viewed by the public for the first time.  I'm happy to say that the wine barrel raised $2,000!!!  I could not believe it, and that's when I knew I had something on my hands.

  From there I went on to create a Facebook page, get business cards and started growing this business so that people can have the chance to enjoy the vessel that their favorite drinks came from.

  I am currently working on new ideas to incorporate in the liquor and wine barrels so that they become even more of a unique and prized possesion.

-Andrew Fleming

The Story Behind the Cabinets

I started with one bourbon barrel from a local brewery with an idea already in my head with what I wanted to create.  Not knowing exactly how to approach the construction of the cabinet, I used basic carpentry skills, researched how barrels were constructed and acquired new skills.  Through this process, I learned different and more efficient ways of going about the creation of these unique cabinets, and more and more ideas continue to pour out.

After having some friends and family over, it really turned into a conversation piece and I was encouraged to pursue the liquor barrel cabinets as a hobby.  Through a family contact, I was linked up with a wine representative who was able to acquire wine barrels for me.  These new barrels now allowed me to expand on cabinets ideas and broaden the customer base to not just spirit lovers, but to wine lovers too.

  

  I decided that my first wine barrel cabinet that I made, should be donated to charity.  The first thing that came to my mind was The Wounded Warriors Project.  The wine rep told me of an auction coming up and that it would be the perfect opportunity for the cabinet to raise some money and to have it viewed by the public for the first time.  I'm happy to say that the wine barrel raised $2,000!!!  I could not believe it, and that's when I knew I had something on my hands.

   From there I went on to create a Facebook page, get business cards, this website and started growing this business so that people can have the chance to enjoy the barrel that their favorite drinks came from.

   I am currently working on new ideas to incorporate in the liquor and wine barrels so that they become even more of a unique and prized possesion.

-Andrew Fleming


About the Barrels Used

Each barrel I use is either a first use barrel or a second use barrel, this adds to the uniqueness to each barrel.

The wine barrels are typically first use from a vineyard, meaning they were only used for wine.  Second use wine barrels, although not as abundant as second use liquor barrels, will be offered as they come available.  These barrels are also slightly larger and heavier than the liquor barrels.

The liquor barrels are typically second use barrels that go straight from the distillery to local breweries.  These barrels are more aged on the outside which give it a more distinct look, no barrel looks the same.

 

 

 

Every barrel I get in, something may be different from each one.  I once cut open a wine barrel that had writing on the inside of the stave that told me the volume of the barrel, the year the barrel was filled, and the type of wine put in.  On very rare occasions, these markings may be visible on the wine barrels which just adds more to the character.

During the creation of these barrels, I use authentic woodworking and cooper techniques, which make creating these barrels a very personal and passion filled experience which I hope is appreciated by the customer.