Veteran shooters love it when their triggers are velvety smooth, yet crisp, a little unexpected and always pleasant. Well, stow the guns and ammo properly, because after one sip of American Barrels Bourbon odds are good those tired “go-switch” adjectives are going to be reserved for your newfound favorite adult beverage.
This small-batch bourbon with a sweet and oaky taste was created with the patriot in mind. The bottom of the bottle is encased in a brass-like shotshell base while the top half features the Gadsden flag snake wrapped around its diameter.
CEO and founder of American Barrels, Michael Reed was raised in Fort Myers, Florida. During his time playing ice hockey from Canada to Indiana, the idea for American Barrels was born.
There’s only one way guns and alcohol should ever mingle, and that is through this special American Barrels’ small-batch bourbon, distilled and bottled in Charlston, S.C.
In the beginning, Reed, a native of Fort Myers, spent time learning the finer points of the game while playing for the Jr. Panthers at the Panthers IceDen – then known as Incredible Ice — in Coral Springs, a passion that led him on a journey around North America.
Earlier that same day, Reed had driven to a buddy’s farm to shoot clays with his grandfather’s 12-gauge with some of his friends. Reed put one of those spent shells in his jeans pocket, and later he held a shot from one kind of barrel in his left hand, and a shot from another kind of barrel in his right.
Twenty-five year-old CEO and Founder Michael Reed officially launched the company in August 2014, and has seen a steady rise in demand for American Barrels ever since.
It was a Tuesday around 10 p.m. when Mike Reed got the idea. He sat at a plywood bar in the basement of the ice hockey house at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. He wasn’t drunk, but his friend was pouring shots of whiskey. It was “buzzing time,” as Reed calls it, before he and his teammates went to a local bar for cheap drinks on a weeknight.
When Florida Gulf Coast University pre-law junior and DII hockey goalie Mike Reed can’t be found on campus or in the crease at Germain Arena, he’s out exploring his most recent venture. In November 2014, the 24-year-old Reed launched his own company, American Barrels Bourbon.
Mike Reed is venturing beyond pre-law studies and the crease at Germain Arena, where he’s one of Florida Gulf Coast University’s starting goalies. Recently, Reed has launched his own company, American Barrels Bourbon Whiskey.