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Matt Krepps

Founding Father

Hobbies: Arguing with strangers, Knitting, Fighting the homeless, Growing a beard, updating Wikipedia with false information.

How you came to love whisk(e)y: My mentor ordered a scotch while at a gig. I ordered one because he did and I have been hooked ever since.

Favorite type of whisk(e)y: Islay or Speyside scotch.

Favorites whisk(e)y cocktail: Ned Ryerson, an old fassion variation with Apple brandy and raw sugar simple syrup.

 

Joe Boehm

Founding Father

When I’m not spending time with my beautiful wife and daughter, I like to… Who the hell am I kidding I’m always with them, like I can’t get away and hide anywhere type of “with them” which is why I drink. Just kidding I love them so much, but the drinking habit that’s true. So let’s start over. When I’m sober I like to weight lift, run, hike, swim, listen to music, watch movies, and travel with the aforementioned family.
How I came into whisk(e)y? Two words…..Don Draper. Getting transfixed to
the world of Mad Men when it first came out captured my already existing yearning to be dapper. Watching him exude a type of charisma and command presence while holding a whiskey in hand and making it look so damn cool sparked my interest to try it. I have been in this affair ever since.

 My favorite type of whisk(e)y to quote Ron Burgundy…“I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly”. To be exact I love Islay scotch. The peatier the better.
My favorite whiskey cocktail is a well made old fashioned.

Robert Molina

Founding Father

I am a father to two beautiful girls that pretty much keep my hands full (they are 1-1/2 and 6 weeks old) but when I do get the chance I like to spend time in my shop (garage) working on custom industrial style lighting pieces and reclaimed furniture that I sell on my Etsy site SalvagedIF (shameless plug I know). My gorgeous wife and I also work on DIY projects together (thanks to Pinterest) in the house. I am also an Instagram fanatic and enjoy posting my SalvagedIF pieces, Interior design inspirations, travel pics and pictures of my dream motorcycles. At the time being my daughters keep me so busy that I don’t really get to post my own work so right now @salvagedif is more or less selling a lifestyle. Finally as a Co-Founder of Barrels and Drams building our whisk(e)y club has become a hobby of mine, I mean who wouldn’t want to sample whiskey, fellowship and smoke a good pipe or cigar?

I had a rocky relationship with whiskey at first. I remember I took a high school graduation trip to Hawaii where my buddies and I thought it would be a good idea to chug Jack Daniels straight from the 1.75L bottle. Need I say more that my relationship with whiskey was ruined for a long time. I couldn’t touch the stuff without thinking I was going to puke my brains out. Then one night out with my buddies I remember one of them ordering Jameson on the rocks and drinking it like it was the best thing he has ever tasted. He urged me to try a sip and I think it was diluted just enough to not burn the crap out of my throat and for the first time I actually tasted something more than just fire and death. My relationship that night had a turning point and Whiskey and I started to mend our relationship. It wasn’t too long before my brother in law Joe Boehm (BAD Co-Founder) and I started our own whiskey collections and grew to love this deeply rich and complex world that is whisk(e)y.

My favorite type of whiskey is ever changing but there will always be a special place in my heart for Islay whisky. I love it so much my daughter is named Isla. I wanted to spell it Islay but the wife insisted (and I kind of agree) that people would butcher her name constantly pronouncing it (Iss lay). Anyway back to whisky, I can’t get enough of that classic, smoky peaty richness that Islay is known for. As of late my brother in law and I have been going towards more sherry influenced whisky and it has been a pleasant trip thus far.

When it comes to whisk(e)y cocktails you can never go wrong with a properly made Bulliet Rye Old Fashioned or Sazerac.

Josh

(just Josh, you know, like a Brazilian soccer player)

Founding Member

Hobbies

Spending quality time with my friends and family.

Father to two sets of twin daughters. Yeah, you read that right.  Ergo my drinking habit.

Former Semi-Pro Rock Paper Scissors player (a nose picking accident in 2005 ended my career before I could go pro).

I like big butts and I cannot lie.  Wait, I like boobies too.

Hip hop (the good shit, not that crap on the radio.  Suck it Drake).

Wannabe bartender.

How you came to love whisk(e)y

Whiskey was Jack and Coke.  Or shots of Wild Turkey.  Maybe Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey, Stag Cherry,

Johnny Walker Black.  Stuff like that.  I dabbled here and there.  Then in August of 2014 I started dating

a little angel that heaven is letting us borrow for a while.  On our very first date in a wine bar in Fullerton

she said she liked whiskey too.  Needless to say we went on more dates and have been exploring whiskey

ever since.  She brings me a bottle of Lagavulin 16 sometimes just because. We even went to the Kentucky

Bourbon Trail together this past April.  Am I a lucky sumbitch?  Yes baby Yes.  She’s now my fiancé.

Favorite type of whisk(e)y

Sipping- Pretty much anything made by High West.

For cocktails- Bulleit Rye (35 bucks at Costco for a 1.75?  pshhhh)

With friends and a stogie- Lagavulin 16 year

On days that end in Y- whatever is in the liquor cabinet.

Favorite whisk(e)y cocktail

Toss up between a good Old Fashioned made the right way or a Sazerac.