Barking Irons was founded in 2003 by brothers Daniel and Michael Casarella. The brothers created designer t-shirts, clothing, and accessories. In 2008, the Casarella brothers linked up with creative partners Elliott Phear and Casey McGrath and produced an acoustic music series hosted out of the Barking Irons loft on the Bowery. In 2015, Barking Irons Distilling & Imports Co. was formed as a collaboration between the clothing brand and partners Phear & McGrath to create a spirit that encapsulated the attitude and legacy of the Barking Irons brand.
Their first product, Barking Irons Applejack, is distilled from 100% New York apples at the Black Dirt Distillery in Warwick, NY. The apple brandy is then aged at Van Brunt Stillhouse in Redhook, Brooklyn.