By Katie Riley
Craft cocktails are a tasty way to enjoy your favorite spirits, but when they are served up from a vintage Shasta camper, happy hour takes on a whole new meaning.
Vintage Views, a mobile bar company that serves craft cocktails, beer and wine at area events from vintage Shasta campers, has quickly gained a following for their delicious drinks and retro cool vibe.
Company founder Brooke Mihoces is no stranger to the alcohol industry. After spending a decade working for craft breweries and wineries in California, she decided to apply her expertise to her own mobile bar business, and in 2018, founded Vintage Views with her husband Joe out of their Severna Park home.
“I love discovering new wines and spirits but hated being the middleman” says Mihoces. After talking with a friend in Oregon who had recently started a mobile bar business, she had the idea to start her own using a newly purchased vintage Shasta camper.
Vintage Views, whose motto is ‘You bring the view, we’ll bring the bar,’ can park at any outdoor venue, and has the capability to serve up beer, wine, champagne and craft cocktails from a fleet of redesigned vintage campers.
After finding her first 1964 vintage Shasta camper online, Mihoces recruited her carpenter uncles, and a cousin who is an architect, to gut the camper, outfitting it with draft beer lines and refrigeration. The company recently purchased a vintage horse trailer to outfit as its latest bar.
The mouthwatering menu of cocktails focuses on high quality ingredients and small, family-owned wineries and distilleries. Most of their recipes are riffs on the classics, like the lavender whiskey sour or the blackberry bramble. Vintage views also makes all of its own syrups and kegs its cocktails in advance for large events.
Tasty cocktails are not the only attraction. The company’s grazing boards are also a hit at weddings and parties and the company even offers lounge sets, wine barrels and vintage arbors for rent to carry over the retro feel.
“People are drawn to what we do because it’s not only unique and custom, but it inspires people to gather together,” Mihoces says. “The campers are aesthetically cool but also not stuffy and just really fun.”
With plans to eventually open a brick and mortar store, Vintage Views is a recipe for success that has exceeded Mihoces’ wildest dreams. “We have worked really hard to be involved in the community and the result has been gratifying and humbling,” Mihoces says. “It’s been exciting to see everyone cheering us on.”
Read more from our April 2021 Chesapeake Inspired issue.