Folklore

THE STORY OF WANDERFOLK

WanderFolk Spirits is located in the heart of historic downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma. Formerly Prairie Wolf Spirits, WanderFolk is Oklahoma’s first legal distillery established in 2012. WanderFolk is a blend of passionate individuals with vastly different backgrounds and skillsets, passionately rethinking & handcrafting the world of spirits in our home state of Oklahoma & beyond, one small batch at a time.

The WanderFolk Team is dedicated to providing exceptional spirits using the highest quality ingredients and thoughtful processes.

Our brands Garden Club, Same Old Moses, and Prairie Wolf can be found throughout Oklahoma in many bars, restaurants, and liquor stores offering world class spirits. If you don’t see WanderFolk products in your favorite location to purchase delicious spirits, let them know you would love to support local craft spirits! If you’re truly up for an adventure, make a trip to Guthrie and schedule a distillery tour and tasting! You’ll get a chance to peek behind the curtain back to reveal how the magic is made, learn about our distillery’s rich history, and maybe get a sneak peek of what’s to come. We welcome you to wander with us!

History

First Bar in Oklahoma Territory.

After hearing rumors of a being able to obtain a federal license, and though having never run a saloon before, Moses quickly opened the first legal drinking establishment in the Oklahoma Territory. He fixed it up like an ordinary saloon a began to sell liquor openly. He put his license up on the wall, covered by a piece of newspaper. When told that he couldn’t sell liquor, he would remove the newspaper to show his license, saying “Uncle Sam says I can!”.

Word quickly spread that selling liquor could be legal, and within two months, there were 44 licensed saloons in Guthrie. In time, Weinberger owned an interest in seven of them, the principal one known as “The Same Old Moses”.

1891

1

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History

Carry A. Nation.

Unable to fully keep her promise, Nation did a “hatchetation” on Moses’ mahogany bar, removing a chunk of it. After removing Nation from the premises, Weinberger hung a sign over the saloon that read: “All nations welcomed except Carry”. The damaged spot reputedly became the place where patrons banged their empty mugs when wanting another round.

Showcasing his sense of humor, Weinberger invited the saloon-buster Carry A. Nation to the saloon to give a temperance speech, with one stipulation – no axe swinging. Nation was a hatchet-swinging, whiskey-hating matron, who settled in Guthrie after being run out of Kansas and was publishing her newsletter. Her likely motivation was to impact the state constitution to outlaw alcohol.

1891

2

/10

History

Statehood & Prohibition.

In 1907 when Oklahoma became the forty-sixth state, Guthrie was a gracious and elegant city worth of its Capital status. Its imposing buildings and active social and economic climate rivaled larger cities. Unfortunately, Carry Nation had the last laugh as nothing could stem the “dry” tide, and Prohibition forces focused their efforts in Oklahoma. The State’s Constitution upon adoption in 1907 banned all sales of alcohol, and with it, Weinberger and his fellow publicans were forced out of business.

Almost three-quarters of the 1907 Prohibition amendment was dedicated to setting up “dispensaries” – medicinal alcohol stores in cities with at least 2,000 people. Want a drink? Get your doctor to write a prescription. If that sounds familiar to anyone following the current debate on medicinal marijuana, it should. National prohibition eventually joined in 1920.

1907

3

/10

History

Stolen Seal & Bootleggers.

Very quickly after statehood, bootlegging became common and almost respectable. Men in the whiskey trade handed out business cards. They offered home delivery. If you were from out of town, every boot black and taxi driver knew a guy. Six times between 1908 and 1959, voters considered efforts to repeal some or all of the Prohibition amendment, and all six times it failed. Oklahomans would have voted against repealing Prohibition because they already had their booze.

In 1910, the state government moved to Oklahoma City and Guthrie’s economic base disappeared. With the state government gone, there was no business or industrial development to take its place. Sadly, the city slipped into a deep sleep that would last seventy years.

1910

4

/10

History

Repeal of Prohibition.

For 25 years, Oklahomans maintained the “liquor-by-the-wink” system of open bars masquerading as private clubs. You were supposed to bring in your own bottle and the club only sold the set-up. Repeated efforts to legalize liquor-by-the-drink failed, and Oklahoma held on to the plan’s provisions written by Governor Edmondson, to appease his dry proponents.

National prohibition ended in 1933, but Oklahoma held on until 1959, when Prohibition was finally repealed. However, it didn’t die without a fight. Alcohol could only be sold at liquor stores, could not be refrigerated and stores had to be closed on Sundays.

1959

5

/10

History

Liquor-by-the-Drink.

On Tuesday, September 18, 1984, Oklahoma became the 49th state to allow liquor by the drink with the passage of State Question 563 with 51% of the vote.

The SANE legions aged. Their children moved to the city, where they got thirsty and forgot their Sunday School lessons. McLennan retired Feb. 1, 1983, six months after his first political loss, State Question 498’s legalization of pari-mutuel horse racing, which he had called “the work of the booze and gambling crowd, the price fixers and the law riggers.”

1984

6

/10

History

Legalization of Distilleries

In the 2016 elections, Oklahoma overwhelmingly passed State Question 792, a complete reform of Oklahoma's alcoholic beverage laws. It allows grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and other establishments to sell strong beer and wine, allows liquor stores to sell cold beverages as well as non-alcoholic items, and implemented a territorial franchise wholesale system which encouraged major domestic brewers and craft brewers to begin selling in Oklahoma for the first time in decades.

In 2013, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued the first legal Distilled Spirits Permit, to the Merritt family for Prairie Wolf Spirits in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Prairie Wolf was founded in 2013 as a way to fill the gap in distilleries in the Midwest. The distillery was named for a lithograph, hung in Merritt’s home, of a painting by John James Audubon, where a Coyote is described as a “Prairie Wolf”. The distillery began rectifying vodka, distilling gin called “Loyal,” and processing a coffee liqueur known as “Dark.”

2013

7

/10

History

PW Spirits New Ownership

Prairie Wolf Craft Spirits has always been proudly Oklahoman. Making a home in historic Guthrie, our pack is passionate about having the opportunity to bring great people together to create and share exceptional products, building a culture that values Oklahoma pride, craft spirits, and one another.

This pack of friends had the opportunity to propel Prairie Wolf forward, with dreams of growing and expanding the distillery's offerings into a new era. Just as planned, the portfolio swelled with new styles including the addition of Obahoshe Inland-Style Rum, a distinctly Oklahoman product utilizing native sorghum in the spirit’s recipe.

In 2018, Prairie Wolf Spirits takes new ownership and direction to re-invent the brand & products.

2018

8

/10

History

Hand Sanitizer Production.

COVID-19 depletes sanitizer nationwide, PW Spirits shifts all operations to producing Sanitizer to help through the pandemic. Over the course of the year, Prairie Wolf produced over 10 million units of sanitizer to help protect Oklahomans statewide and a large portion of America through the unprecedented events of 2020.

2020

9

/10

History

WanderFolk

Throughout the process of transforming the distillery, the team took a deeper look into what they were bringing into being, and realized they were truly focused on doing much more than just creating handcrafted spirits. Not only were they reinventing Oklahoma’s original distillery but were striving to push the boundaries of what they wanted to represent of themselves & the state they love through the craft spirits industry. WanderFolk are hoping to use the brands to invite others to “wander with us” to discover new wonders ahead in their uniquely & distinctly Oklahoman products.

In shifting the focus fully back to handmade craft spirits, the team decide to re-invent itself in both mission & product portfolio. WanderFolk is born to build a new legacy with the distillery itself & with driving the craft spirits industry’s role in Oklahoma’s future.

2021

10

/10

The Distilling
Process

Distilling Process: All distillates start as a rudimentary “distiller’s beer” or wine which is simply any type of sugar source that has fermented to anywhere from 4-20% ABV (alcohol by volume).

The distiller’s beer is placed in the pot where it is heated to boiling. An interesting note is that alcohol boils at 78 degrees Celsius, whereas water boils at 100 degrees. This means that the lighter alcohols begin to boil first. The alcohol vapors created are held inside the head or column of the still. As more energy is created in the pot, a slight amount of pressure builds. The pressure in the pot pushes the concentrated alcohol vapor into a tube at the top of the column, and eventually over to the condenser. Here, the tube inside the condenser is chilled using ground water and the alcohol vapors return to a liquid state much more concentred with alcohol than before.

This liquid is distilled and collected in several different types of stills and proofs depending on the type of drinking alcohol desired. For example: Bourbon whiskey may not be distilled to higher than 160 proof, and vodka must be distilled to higher than 190 proof. London dry gin on the other hand cannot be distilled below 140 proof.

At Wanderfolk Spirits, 71 different botanicals were distilled individually, analyzed, selected for quality, then blended to exacting specifications until we reached a botanical bill that we loved. We then began doing full gin runs. Over 1,000 liters of R&D gins were created before we felt we had a perfect gin.

Our Team

Derek DutyTeam image bottom shade

Derek Duty

GM/Director of Sales & Marketing
Has an unhealthy obsession with Air Max 1s.
Had 2 rounds of sage advice from Bill Murray over some stellar bourbon (ask him about it).
Jeffrey Alan ColeTeam image bottom shade

Jeffrey Alan Cole

Spirits Director/Distiller
Originally wanted to be a winemaker, but didn’t want to leave Oklahoma so got into distilling.
Went to school for a degree in aeronautical engineering, stopped for my love of hospitality and bartending.
Daryn VenclTeam image bottom shade

Daryn Vencl

Distillery Manager
A 90’s music 'name that tune’ expert.
Graduated from Oklahoma State, but is a massive Sooner fan.
Lauren SlateTeam image bottom shade

Lauren Slate

Spirits Specialist OKC/OK NW
Proud dog mom of 2.
If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life, every meal, it would be chicken nuggets.
Sam StruebingTeam image bottom shade

Sam Struebing

Spirits Specialist Tulsa/OK NE
Fun facts: 1. Lived in South Africa 2. Has a Super Bowl ring (ask him about it!)
Thom UpshawTeam image bottom shade

Thom Upshaw

Sales/Event Specialist
"I haven’t shaved my mustache for 9 years, as long as I’ve bartended lol, and I’m from deep south Louisiana. I love to play blues on the guitar anytime I gets the chance to!"
Mike PowersTeam image bottom shade

Mike Powers

Packaging/Production
1996 state champ in IM Relay and recorded 3 albums before Junior year. Never mastered a kick flip.
Ty CooperTeam image bottom shade

Ty Cooper

Packaging/Production
I am always getting my hands dirty playing in a garden somewhere.
I find fun ways to reuse and upcycle items for a more sustainable future.
Brandy HamiltonTeam image bottom shade

Brandy Hamilton

Packaging/ Production
I’m a girl Mom, have given birth to 5 little girls (4 on Earth & 1 in Heaven) that apparently all look like me😄
My playlist ranges from “Too Short to Lauren Daigle” but Phil Collins is my forever spirit animal.
David DavisTeam image bottom shade

David Davis

Packaging/ Production
Married to wife, Shelly for 29 years, with 3 kids
Owns the Rocking D Ranch
Favorite movie is: It's A Wonderful Life.

Folklore

THE STORY OF WANDERFOLK

WanderFolk Spirits is located in the heart of historic downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma. Formerly Prairie Wolf Spirits, WanderFolk is Oklahoma’s first legal distillery established in 2012. WanderFolk is a blend of passionate individuals with vastly different backgrounds and skillsets, passionately rethinking & handcrafting the world of spirits in our home state of Oklahoma & beyond, one small batch at a time.

The WanderFolk Team is dedicated to providing exceptional spirits using the highest quality ingredients and thoughtful processes.

Our brands Garden Club, Same Old Moses, and Prairie Wolf can be found throughout Oklahoma in many bars, restaurants, and liquor stores offering world class spirits. If you don’t see WanderFolk products in your favorite location to purchase delicious spirits, let them know you would love to support local craft spirits! If you’re truly up for an adventure, make a trip to Guthrie and schedule a distillery tour and tasting! You’ll get a chance to peek behind the curtain back to reveal how the magic is made, learn about our distillery’s rich history, and maybe get a sneak peek of what’s to come. We welcome you to wander with us!

History

First Bar in Oklahoma Territory.

Our story begins with an immigrant named Moses Weinberger. He came to Oklahoma Territory during the Land Rush of 1889 and settled in Guthrie, OK as a successful grocer. It was assumed that Oklahoma Territory shared the same laws as Indian Territory which included Prohibition. After hearing rumors of a being able to obtain a federal liquor license, and though having never run a saloon before, Moses quickly opened the first legal drinking establishment in Oklahoma Territory. He fixed it up like an ordinary saloon a began to sell liquor openly. He put his license up on the wall, covered by a piece of newspaper. When told that he couldn’t sell liquor, he removed the newspaper to show his license, saying, “Uncle Sam says I can!”

Word quickly spread that selling liquor was legal, and within two months, there were 44 licensed saloons in Guthrie. In time, Weinberger owned an interest in seven of them, the principal one known as “Same Old Moses”.

1891

1

/10

History

Carry (Carrie) A. Nation.

Unable to fully keep her promise, Nation did a “hatchetation” on Moses’ mahogany bar, removing a chunk of it. After removing Nation from the premises, Weinberger hung a sign over the saloon that read: “All nations welcomed except Carry”. The damaged spot reputedly became the place where patrons banged their empty mugs when wanting another round.

Showcasing his sense of humor, Weinberger invited the saloon-buster Carry (Carrie) A. Nation to the saloon to give a temperance speech, with one stipulation – no ax swinging. Nation was a hatchet-swinging, whiskey-hating matron, who settled in Guthrie after being run out of Kansas and was publishing her newsletter. Her likely motivation was to impact the state constitution to outlaw alcohol.

1891

2

/10

History

Statehood & Prohibition.

In 1907 when Oklahoma became the forty-sixth state, Guthrie was a gracious and elegant city worth of its Capital status. Its imposing buildings and active social and economic climate rivaled larger cities. Unfortunately, Carry Nation had the last laugh as nothing could stem the “dry” tide, and Prohibition forces focused their efforts in Oklahoma. The State’s Constitution upon adoption in 1907 banned all sales of alcohol, and with it, Weinberger and his fellow publicans were forced out of business.

Almost three-quarters of the 1907 Prohibition amendment was dedicated to setting up “dispensaries” – medicinal alcohol stores in cities with at least 2,000 people. Want a drink? Get your doctor to write a prescription. If that sounds familiar to anyone following the current debate on medicinal marijuana, it should. National prohibition eventually joined in 1920.

1907

3

/10

History

Stolen Seal & Bootleggers.

Very quickly after statehood, bootlegging became common and almost respectable. Men in the whiskey trade handed out business cards. They offered home delivery. If you were from out of town, every boot black and taxi driver knew a guy. Six times between 1908 and 1959, voters considered efforts to repeal some or all of the Prohibition amendment, and all six times it failed. Oklahomans would have voted against repealing Prohibition because they already had their booze.

“Oklahomans will vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls.” -Will Rogers

In 1910, the state government moved to Oklahoma City and Guthrie’s economic base disappeared. With the state government gone, there was no business or industrial development to take its place. Sadly, the city slipped into a deep sleep that would last seventy years.

1910

4

/10

History

Repeal of Prohibition.

For 25 years, Oklahomans maintained the “liquor-by-the-wink” system of open bars masquerading as private clubs. You were supposed to bring in your own bottle and the club only sold the set-up. Repeated efforts to legalize liquor-by-the-drink failed, and Oklahoma held on to the plan’s provisions written by Governor Edmondson, to appease his dry proponents.

National prohibition ended in 1933, but Oklahoma held on until 1959, when Prohibition was finally repealed. However, it didn’t die without a fight. Alcohol could only be sold at liquor stores, could not be refrigerated and stores had to be closed on Sundays.

1959

5

/10

History

Liquor-by-the-Drink.

On Tuesday, September 18, 1984, Oklahoma became the 49th state to allow liquor by the drink with the passage of State Question 563 with 51% of the vote.

For the first time in 77 years, Oklahomans could legally pony up to the bar and purchase a single drink from a barman.

1984

6

/10

History

Legalization of Distilleries

In the 2016 elections, Oklahoma overwhelmingly passed State Question 792, a complete reform of Oklahoma's alcoholic beverage laws. It allows grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and other establishments to sell strong beer and wine, allows liquor stores to sell cold beverages as well as non-alcoholic items, and implemented a territorial franchise wholesale system which encouraged major domestic brewers and craft brewers to begin selling in Oklahoma for the first time in 110 years.

In 2013, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued the first legal Distilled Spirits Permit, to the Merritt family for Prairie Wolf Spirits in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Prairie Wolf was founded in 2013 as a way to fill the gap in distilleries in the Midwest. The distillery was named for a lithograph, hung in Merritt’s home, of a painting by John James Audubon, where a Coyote is described as a “Prairie Wolf”. The distillery began rectifying vodka, distilling gin called “Loyal,” and processing a coffee liqueur known as “Dark.”

2013

7

/10

History

PW Spirits New Ownership

Prairie Wolf Craft Spirits has always been proudly Oklahoman. Making a home in historic Guthrie, our pack is passionate about having the opportunity to bring great people together to create and share exceptional products, building a culture that values Oklahoma pride, craft spirits, and one another.

This pack of friends had the opportunity to propel Prairie Wolf forward, with dreams of growing and expanding the distillery's offerings into a new era. Just as planned, the portfolio swelled with new styles including the addition of Obahoshe Inland-Style Rum, a distinctly Oklahoman product utilizing native sorghum in the spirit’s recipe.

In 2018, Prairie Wolf Spirits takes new ownership and direction to re-invent the brand & products.

2018

8

/10

History

A Global Pandemic.

COVID-19 depletes sanitizer nationwide, PW Spirits shifts all operations to producing Sanitizer to help through the pandemic. Over the course of the year, Prairie Wolf produced over 10 million units of sanitizer to help protect Oklahomans statewide and a large portion of America through the unprecedented events of 2020. For the first time since World War II, The US Federal Government allowed every distillery in the US to temporarily switch their production to hand sanitizer with a strict recipe provided by the FDA and WHO. Our team jumped at the opportunity to aid our community, as there are so few distilleries in Oklahoma. With the help some 40 volunteers, and a local bottling company, we partnered with the Federal Census Bureau, FEMA, local grocers, pharmacies, and had a line wrapped around the block to purchase the stuff by the half gallon.

In the end, our team was able to make over 10 million bottles for all 50 states, and donated over 14,000 gallons to every state agency, police department, fire and rescue, and tribe that was in need.

2020

9

/10

History

WanderFolk

Throughout the process of transforming the distillery, the team took a deeper look into what they were bringing into being, and realized they were truly focused on doing much more than just creating handcrafted spirits. Not only were they reinventing Oklahoma’s original distillery but were striving to push the boundaries of what they wanted to represent of themselves & the state they love through the craft spirits industry. WanderFolk are hoping to use the brands to invite others to “wander with us” to discover new wonders ahead in their uniquely & distinctly Oklahoman products.

In shifting the focus fully back to handmade craft spirits, the team decide to re-invent itself in both mission & product portfolio. WanderFolk is born to build a new legacy with the distillery itself & with driving the craft spirits industry’s role in Oklahoma’s future.

2021

10

/10

The Distilling
Process

Distilling Process: All distillates start as a rudimentary “distiller’s beer” or wine which is simply any type of sugar source that has fermented to anywhere from 4-20% ABV (alcohol by volume).

The distiller’s beer is placed in the pot where it is heated to boiling. An interesting note is that alcohol boils at 78 degrees Celsius, whereas water boils at 100 degrees. This means that the lighter alcohols begin to boil first. The alcohol vapors created are held inside the head or column of the still. As more energy is created in the pot, a slight amount of pressure builds. The pressure in the pot pushes the concentrated alcohol vapor into a tube at the top of the column, and eventually over to the condenser. Here, the tube inside the condenser is chilled using ground water and the alcohol vapors return to a liquid state much more concentred with alcohol than before.

This liquid is distilled and collected in several different types of stills and proofs depending on the type of drinking alcohol desired. For example: Bourbon whiskey may not be distilled to higher than 160 proof, and vodka must be distilled to higher than 190 proof. London dry gin on the other hand cannot be distilled below 140 proof.

At Wanderfolk Spirits, 71 different botanicals were distilled individually, analyzed, selected for quality, then blended to exacting specifications until we reached a botanical bill that we loved. We then began doing full gin runs. Over 1,000 liters of R&D gins were created before we felt we had a perfect gin.

Our Team

Derek DutyTeam image bottom shade

Derek Duty

GM/Director of Sales & Marketing
Has an unhealthy obsession with Air Max 1s.
Had 2 rounds of sage advice from Bill Murray over some stellar bourbon (ask him about it).
Jeffrey Alan ColeTeam image bottom shade

Jeffrey Alan Cole

Spirits Director/Distiller
Originally wanted to be a winemaker, but didn’t want to leave Oklahoma so got into distilling.
Went to school for a degree in aeronautical engineering, stopped for my love of hospitality and bartending.
Daryn VenclTeam image bottom shade

Daryn Vencl

Distillery Manager
A 90’s music 'name that tune’ expert.
Graduated from Oklahoma State, but is a massive Sooner fan.
Lauren SlateTeam image bottom shade

Lauren Slate

Spirits Specialist OKC/OK NW
Proud dog mom of 2.
If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life, every meal, it would be chicken nuggets.
Sam StruebingTeam image bottom shade

Sam Struebing

Spirits Specialist Tulsa/OK NE
Fun facts: 1. Lived in South Africa 2. Has a Super Bowl ring (ask him about it!)
Thom UpshawTeam image bottom shade

Thom Upshaw

Sales/Event Specialist
"I haven’t shaved my mustache for 9 years, as long as I’ve bartended lol, and I’m from deep south Louisiana. I love to play blues on the guitar anytime I gets the chance to!"
Mike PowersTeam image bottom shade

Mike Powers

Packaging/Production
1996 state champ in IM Relay and recorded 3 albums before Junior year. Never mastered a kick flip.
Ty CooperTeam image bottom shade

Ty Cooper

Packaging/Production
I am always getting my hands dirty playing in a garden somewhere.
I find fun ways to reuse and upcycle items for a more sustainable future.
Brandy HamiltonTeam image bottom shade

Brandy Hamilton

Packaging/ Production
I’m a girl Mom, have given birth to 5 little girls (4 on Earth & 1 in Heaven) that apparently all look like me😄
My playlist ranges from “Too Short to Lauren Daigle” but Phil Collins is my forever spirit animal.
David DavisTeam image bottom shade

David Davis

Packaging/ Production
Married to wife, Shelly for 29 years, with 3 kids
Owns the Rocking D Ranch
Favorite movie is: It's A Wonderful Life.