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Meet Casey R. Barras of American Mule in Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey R. Barras.

Born in the 1980s, Barras remembers climbing into the family attic to discover his father’s childhood toys. Even as a kid, he noticed the superior quality of American made products from previous generations.

Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business, he found himself in an America fueled by greed rather than national pride and long-term sustainability. Although still the greatest country on earth, it was an America that no longer praised a thriving ‘in-house’ manufacturing system based on heritage and premium quality.

To make ends meet, he sold imported wholesale goods to big-box retail giants like Wal-mart, quickly becoming a top sales performer for the company. But Barras had little pride for the products he was bringing into his community and country. Of course, he wanted a paycheck. But at what cost? He soon decided to no longer be apart of a machine that was selling cheaply designed, imported goods to the American people. So, in 2016, he worked day and night to establish his unique legacy brand built on quality-craftsmanship called American Mule.

The concept of American Mule comes from a true and hard-working American spirit. The company embodies the concept of unshakeable American grit and the decision to never succumb to unfulfilling work simply for a paycheck. Barras believes in a very bright American future as we unite to do everything we can in our own communities across the nation to support each other in business for the future of the American people and our country.

Extra Actives:
Casey enjoys spending his free time with his family doing outdoor activities and staying active with his kids. He is also a published musician, producer and songwriter who after a 5-year break, has begun to make a new album that he categorizes as the style of ‘southwest acoustic americano folk.’

The full-length album will be called “Flamigo,” and you just may see the American Mule brand and this all-original acoustic music working together as the style of the music will be made by and for the hard-working American Mule. The album is scheduled to be mixed, mastered and available in mid to late 2019.

Additional Message That Is Found On “A proud Arizona native, and grandson of a WWII Veteran and hard-working copper mine superintendent.

As a recent father, I have a growing family of my own, and I appreciate and realize that we would not be here if it weren’t for copper. I feel a strong connection with the Arizona desert and the great people and business owners who thrive here.

The concept behind the American Mule mug is about honoring the hard work of our forefathers from the last century. Like mighty mules, they used their strong backs to build something great for future generations. They did it for you and me. Now I want to do my part. Using local resources and members of my own community, we’re producing something of spectacular quality.

More than just a mug, this is a testament to the fact that old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity are alive and well, and the “Made in the USA” label is not dead. If my grandfather’s generation could set the standard for American prosperity, we can live up to it. And nothing says prosperity like a cold American Mule. This one’s for you, Grandpa.”

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Entrepreneurs and musicians are those who are willing to ride the ups and downs of the journey. It takes a lot of grit and trust to wake up each morning trusting and believing that everything will be worked out.

It is easy to focus on long-term goals and get distracted. I try to take my business one day at a time, and I treat my customers like gold. My customers are my boss. 🙂

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about American Mule – what should we know?

The original American Mule Mug is made with 100% copper. Purity is crucial, not just to the signature look and feel of this cocktail classic, but also to the taste. When combined with spicy ginger beer, quality vodka, and fresh lime juice, the copper adds the perfect amount of acidity, giving the drink a smooth and delicious balance that’s kept sophisticated tipplers coming back since it was first poured in the 1940s.

Our quality mugs are non-import and made with riveted handles for longevity. Like rugged and trusty mules, your American Mule Mug will stand the test of time.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Authenticity & Originality. With business or music… I try to remain true to my myself and keep to what I am good at and my own God-given talents. It’s easy to see massive success elsewhere and get distracted or off course, but I believe it takes the characteristic of Grit to keep going and remaining consistent. I try to take it one day at a time.


  • Competitive in the $40-$50 range and we offer customizable options with worldwide shipping for under $70

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