Written By Courtney Phelps-Talbot
Edited by Derek Duty
There’s always something new brewing with MIO, and this month we are excited for the launch of WanderFolk Spirits! Wander Folk is the new name for Oklahoma’s first legal distillery, formerly known as Prairie Wolf. While the company will keep the original Prairie Wolf products available as a budget line, the new WanderFolk brand also comes with a fresh set of premium products that reinvent the company and direction for its exciting future.
The journey to transform their distillery involved more than just the creation of unique craft spirits as they also set out to reinvent and rebrand Oklahoma’s very first legal distillery with the goal of putting the state firmly on the map as a craft spirits destination.
The new product lines include two vodkas and a gin under the “Garden Club” label (honoring Guthrie’s nickname of “The Garden Club City”) as well as several whiskey offerings with the name, “Same Old Moses.” The latter is a tribute to Moses Weinberger, a Kansas grocer turned whiskey purveyor, who opened the first legal bar in Oklahoma Territory in Guthrie under that very name.
With the goal to utilize some of Oklahoma’s local agricultural assets, WanderFolk sought out to source their rye from local farms as Oklahoma produces the most rye of any state in the nation. In addition to the rye production, Oklahoma also has one of the most advanced wheat development programs in the world at Oklahoma State University which heavily influenced Wanderfolk’s decision to produce a 4-grain Bourbon and enable them to be as “made in Oklahoma” as possible in their future whiskey developments.
WanderFolk is hoping to use their brand to invite others to wander with them and discover new wonders ahead in their uniquely and distinctly Oklahoma products. Taste and see what all the talk is about at Mike & Ike’s Good Times Saloon located in the heart of historic Downtown Guthrie. Mack & Ike’s is the first true cocktail/tasting room of its kind in the town, offering handcrafted cocktails built around WanderFolk’s spirits in a comforting & inviting space welcoming all that wish to wander in, a great time with tasty drinks in hand. (Fun fact: Mike & Ike were the first bartenders at Weinburger’s Same Old Moses Saloon mentioned earlier!)
WanderFolk Spirits will be available July 1st, 2021 at any bar, restaurant, liquor store, or event space offering fine craft spirits in Oklahoma. If you enjoy delicious cocktails, with a distinctly Oklahoman focus, you will not want to miss what this team is handcrafting to put our state on the spirits-making map now and well into the future.