For Alex Abbott Boyd, founder of Cocktail Crate, his passion for beverages began while he was attending college in Chicago. He was amazed at the large variety of local and IPA beers were coming out of the Midwest. Alex became so obsessed with these local beers that he recalls riding his bike 150 miles to get a pint of his favorite local beer straight from the brewery. After beer Alex became fascinated with all different types of teas. He would spend hours learning about all of the different teas, their history, and how they are produced. So obsessed he decided to take a trip to the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains to a famous Darjeeling tea estate. After college Alex became a management consultant where he got into the big business side of beverages. He would consult beverage companies and have to do everything from deliveries to tours of manufacturing plants.
Alex soon became obsessed with cocktails and all of the different flavors that make these delicious concoctions. He couldn’t get enough of the innovative ingredients in cocktails as well as their wonderful history. Every hidden speakeasy type bar and every craft cocktail he would have inspired him more and more to start experimenting at home. Ales started playing with his own cocktail ingredients and mixers at home and Cocktail Crate was born in 2012, Alex was 24 and one year out of college. He had always been motivated to have his own business and with Cocktail Crate he developed a product he truly was passionate about. The first batch of Cocktail Crate mixers was paid for with 5,000 dollars that was obtained through a successful crowd funding campaign. Originally Alex was bottling and labeling his product himself in his kitchen in Queens, New York and delivered via the NYC subway. Four years later Alex is still using all of his knowledge of craft cocktails and the beverage industry to deliver us a single-batch quality product made from carefully selected fresh ingredients. Come shop online with us and pick up a few bottles of Cocktail Great so you can craft your own great cocktails at home!