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Features | Wheel2Wheel / 06-04-19

Dry gin infused with vintage Harley-Davidson engine parts

An alcoholic drink to feel the riders’ connection to Harleys


By Mavelle Durian

 

Riders won’t only feel the spirit of Harley-Davidson on their Dyna Glides and Street Rods; they can also feel it by drinking.

Yes, you read it right. Uwe Ehinger has taken his passion for motorcycles and alcohol and created a dry gin infused with real vintage Harley-Davidson parts.

Uwe Ehinger’s passion for Harley-Davidson started at the age of 17. From there, he began his journey across the world to find the most remote garages, scrapyards, and backyards just to get the old parts of this legendary motorcycle brand, thus earning his nickname to his venture, The Archaeologist.

The Archaeologist is a premium dry gin filled with original Harley-Davidson engine parts that Ehinger has discovered around the world, and it has three labeled bottles — the 1939 Flathead camshafts from the Mexican desert, the 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile and the 1962 Panhead rocker arms from South Korea. To each of these iconic machines, Ehinger dedicates a unique tribute Gin.

Are they safe to drink? Yes. Ehinger cleansed and sealed the parts of the motorbikes with a tin alloy to make it safe and be utilized as a drink. Subsequently, they are soldered onto a steel structure and encased in a handcrafted bottle. The creative concept was developed by Serviceplan Group together with renowned Hamburg designers, Studio Oeding.

Using authentic materials and historic techniques, the entire look and feel of The Archaeologist bottle recreates the original packaging of the antique Harley-Davidson engine parts. The packages are made using selected cardboards and colors that are printed on a Heidelberg Tiegel printing press from 1931, while the waxed wrapping paper shows how the spare parts were discovered.

Every single bottle of The Archaeologist is a unique item and therefore as irretrievable as the era of the motorcycles it represents. Preserved for eternity – or at least for a very special night amongst motorbike enthusiasts.

The first edition of The Archaeologist is reserved for Ehinger’s most loyal customers and is only served in Ehinger’s garage. A limited number were distributed via the website’s online shop and sold out within hours.