Greta de Parry - Chicago, IL
Greta de Parry who proudly refers to herself as the “Lumberjane,” has proven to be a known entity in the otherwise male-driven world of woodworking.
Chicago’s Greta de Parry is an artist, a carpenter, a welder. With her furniture now showing up in homes, bars, and restaurants the world over, Greta has quieted her critics, solidifying her reputation with sturdy, minimalist designs.
Greta has just launched her online store, and she is set to co-star in a forthcoming reality series centered around building some of the world’s most outlandish custom bars. From the sound of things, you could say Greta’s bar is fully stocked.
Not too long ago, I visited Greta at her studio just north of the city. While there, she gave me a lesson in proper protection while welding, and I learned a bit about what makes her tick. I learned so much that by the end, I was practically spinning. You can watch a video from my visit here.
One of her newest products is her Coleman Bar Cart built with Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon in mind.
While she walked me through the particulars of her bar cart, I took it upon myself to walk Greta through the elements of what I’d place atop it to create my ultimate bar cart:
Unlike the typical bottle of grenadine with its shock of red food coloring, Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. uses only the highest quality ingredients: hand-picked cherries and pure cane sugar for a well-balanced syrup that isn’t drowning in high-fructose corn syrup.
With a much cleaner feel, Dram Apothecary’s all-natural “Hair of the Dog” puts all other aromatic bitters to shame. Their nutty-flavored pine syrup makes just as much sense in winter cocktails as it does in summer ones.
Scrappy’s Bitters owner Miles Thomas suggested I try two or three drops of Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters, made exclusively with Theo Chocolate’s to a Manhattan and wow, the warm chocolate flavor made for an enjoyable experience.
Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
… of course.
Enriched by a hint of peppermint, it impresses with notes of pepper balanced by slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.
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A Chicago-based storyteller, keeper of a whiskey blog and shop-owner who's known for his appreciation of America.