Do you ever find yourself wanting to take your home bar to friend's house to make cocktails? Or maybe you’ve been on vacation, sitting back in your hotel room or VRBO after a long day and thought, “I wish I had some of my bar stuff here so I could make a cocktail.”
Maybe it’s just me but I often find myself in those situations. Usually what I do is find a liquor box and load as many tools and bottles as I can fit. But let’s be honest, this method kind of sucks. A few companies make bags to carry your bar tools but they’re expensive.
Enter my new favorite toy, the B-bag from Barkeeper & Co. Former bartenders Craig Krueger and John Ueding developed this bag last year. After a successful Kickstarter campaign Craig is running solo and doing an awesome job growing the company and getting this bag into the hands of bartenders, alcohol reps, and nerds like me.
What I love about the B-bag is not only does it fit every one of my tools, it holds up to eight bottles of liquor with awesome fully adjustable inserts. Or you can put some of your spirits in smaller bottles and carry even more. Over Christmas I traveled to Montana and brought my bar with me.
Spirits I Took
Big Bottles: gin, rum, bourbon, rye, cognac, Ramazzotti Amaro
Small Bottles of Liqueurs: blackberry, St. Germain Elderflower, Averna Amaro, Cointreau
Bitters: Angostura, orange, cardamom
Small spray bottle of absinthe
As you can see by the pictures I brought every tool you would need behind the bar, including my big ass mallet. It’s 5-inches wide so don’t screw with me.
Cocktails I Was Able To Make
Old-Fashioned: bourbon, simple syrup, bitters
Elder Fashioned: gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, orange bitters
Black Manhattan: rye, averna amaro, bitters
Whiskey Sour: bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white
Maple Leaf: bourbon, maple syrup (at someone’s house), lemon juice, cardamom bitters
Filibuster: rye, lemon juice, maple syrup, egg white
The Central Park: bourbon, Ramazzotti Amaro, blackberry liqueur, bitters
The Nightride: bourbon, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lemon juice, absinthe rinse
White Lady: gin, cointreau, lemon juice
Southside: gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint leaves
Don’t Mind If I Do: gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup
Bramble: gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, blackberry liqueur
Daiquiri: rum, lime juice, simple syrup
Havana: rum, cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, orange bitters, orange juice
Outrigger: rum, cointreau, lemon juice
Sidecar: brandy, cointreau, lemon juice
That’s 16 different cocktails. If you look at the list you’ll notice I had to buy some things (egg, mint, lemons, lime, oranges) from the store which wasn’t a problem.
Not only is this bag extremely functional, it’s super sexy too. It’s made from a slick looking water-resistant waxed canvas and very durable leather straps. The zippers are very beefy and if they ever fail I’ll be shocked. If you’re a bartender, brand ambassador, or just want to take your home bar on the go, you absolutely have to have this bag.