As Seattle’s first 100-percent local grain bourbon, 2bar Spirits has sold out of every batch since their inaugural bottling in late 2013. Launching with vodka and moonshine in October 2012, 2bar successfully funded the commencement of their bourbon program with a Kickstarter campaign that helped to purchase new charred 15 gallon American oak barrels to age the spirit in (backers rewards ranged from “sponsoring” a barrel with their name on it to owning a barrel and hosting a private party at the distillery). Fifth-generation Texas family rancher Nathan Kaiser pulls his heritage farming roots into the inspiration (and name) behind 2bar Spirits (after 2bar Ranch). The latest release of Kaiser’s claim to fame is the Bourbon Whiskey Batch 11, his oldest (longest aged) batch yet. Aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, honey, dark candied chocolate and cocoa nibs lead to similar warm and buttery flavors, smooth and complex with a structure only oak can provide.
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