Copper & Kings Launches CR&FTWERK

IMG_4073Copper & Kings has been doing some pretty cool stuff since their debut in the spring of 2014.  Slow and low distillation on copper stills and sonic aging in the basement along with the fact that they’re making brandy in Kentucky bourbon country are some of ways this distillery has made itself unique. This series of matured American brandy aged in American craft beer barrels is no exception.

I was lucky enough to taste through the series on a recent tour with owner Joe Heron. Each of the CR&FTWERK offerings spent 12 months in the barrels and finishes at 111 proof. Copper & Kings created four variants using barrels from Against the Grain’s Mac Fanny Baw, 3 Floyds Dark Lord, Osakar Blues G’Knight & Deviant Dale’s, and Sierra Nevada’s Smoked Imperial Porter.  Like one of the bands blaring in the barrel house, the brandy, the beer and the whiskey all play a part in the final product.

Tonight’s launch of CR&FTWERK will be hosted at Against the Grain in Louisville and the products released into the market in March. If you can’t wait, and you shouldn’t, buy it now at the distillery.

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Pappy Van Winkle 101

The whale of all whiskey collections, Pappy Van Winkle, is explained here by Bourbon expert Chuck Cowdery in a new post on Drambox.com.  Everything you need to know about what Pappy is (and isn’t).

Pappy Van Winkle: The Man, The Myth, The Bourbon

None of the Van Winkles, back to and including Pappy, have been distillers.

At Buffalo Trace, as soon as new wheated bourbon distillate is barreled, Julian and Preston select the barrels they want and store them in warehouse locations they’ve chosen. It is Van Winkle bourbon from that point forward.

Pappy Van Winkle: The Man, The Myth, The Bourbon — DRAMBOX.

Bourbon Classic takes place at the Kentucky Center Feb. 20-21 – Louisville – Louisville Business First

Looking forward to FIVE DAYS of the Bourbon Classic next week.  Look for some heavy duty bourbon blogging!

Bourbon Classic takes place at the Kentucky Center Feb. 20-21 – Louisville – Louisville Business First.