Ah, the perks of having a bar as a part of your workspace. Do we really need to explain? Unless your desk has a massage chair attached to it, it’s pretty hard to beat that. Maybe if we add that the bar has a Microbrewery behind it? Yeah, life at The Circus is pretty good. The only danger we might actually be facing is the possibility of spending more time there than is good for us. Because as much as we like it, life isn’t all about beer! At least not with all that gin out there!
Which brings us to the topic for today. Apostoles. No, it’s not a religious cult and there are no labels with The Last Supper references involved. What we want to tell you about is the art of making gin, the kind of gin that will make you want to skip the tonic. Yes, it is that good. And as much as tasting it can be fun (especially when they leave the bottle unsupervised), there’s something about learning about the process that can really raise the experience to a new level.
Meet Claas, the man who introduced us to Apostoles:
He came to tell us that knowing your spirits is much more important than we might think. Being a good bartender goes far beyond nailing the alcohol-mixers ratio…or having the shaking and pouring skills of a circus acrobat (pun intended). The real secret is in the story. Each bottle has one, and behind the simple ingredients you just might discover a process that is as delicate as it is complicated. Understanding this complexity means understanding how you can truly bring out the best out of your gin-based cocktail. Here are a few fun facts we bet you didn’t know about gin.
- It used to be cheaper than bread. Sort of…
Back in the way back when, production of drinkable alcohol (which today wouldn’t be used for toilet cleaning let alone come near a human mouth) was so cheap that, calorically speaking, it became cheaper than bread! With around 2300kcal per liter, and going for a dollar a bottle, it successfully convinced an unfortunate few that it can fill their nutritious needs and their budget requirements. It cannot. It won’t come as a surprise that liver toxicity levels soared until regulatory bodies took matters into their own hands. But they did, phew!
- If it says DRY it means there is no sugar added
Good news for all of you healthy conscious folks out there! Sure, alcohol is a sugar by default, but it’s nice to know it stops there. Though we don’t recommend basing your weight loss plan on this. Just saying…
- Its distinctive flavor comes from juniper
Once used to mask the awful taste of bad alcohol, juniper is today the key ingredient that makes gin – gin! And although an absolute must, because without it literally cannot be labeled as gin, juniper is not necessarily the only added ingredient that enhances the taste. When it comes to flavoring, options are endless! You’ll find anything from mate and eucaliptus to peppermint and strawberries giving your gin that yummy taste. But if you’re a fan of the good old original gin flavor, it’s the juniper you’re looking for!
How do we know all this? Because Claas, one of the founders of Apostoles Gin, came down to our hostel bar/brewery and told us all about it! From the distillery process through flavoring and finally bottling, we got to know about all the little nooks and crannies that are involved in the complex process of gin production. We had to, of course, end the evening by making sure the quality he spoke of was truly there. You gotta taste the goods, right? No judgement please!