Community Spirit – A Brief Story of Apple Brandy in Appalachian North Carolina

Community Spirit – A Brief Story of Apple Brandy in Appalachian North Carolina

November 28, 2017

Brandy is an important part of the American social fabric, from colonization to present day. In addition to its economic, medicinal, and cultural uses, brandy has also been important to community development. Here follows a short, entertaining story about apple brandy consumption in rural Appalachia in the mid-19th century. The Poet Laureate In 1964, James…

TOM BULLOCK & THE IDEAL BARTENDER SCHOOL

TOM BULLOCK & THE IDEAL BARTENDER SCHOOL

November 21, 2017

100 Years ago this year, a very fine African-American bartender originally from Louisville, Kentucky, published a book of cocktail recipes illustrating his imagination and fine craftsmanship. That book, by Tom Bullock, was called The Ideal Bartender. We’ve always been inspired by this story. It’s a story of diversity, and hard work. It’s a story of…

Keepin’ it Kentucky Y’all.

Keepin’ it Kentucky Y’all.

November 16, 2017

I’ve always been proud to call myself a Kentucky winemaker. I’ve made a lot of beautiful wine in this state, using grapes grown in this state that has been my home, and my family’s home for 5 generations. It is a source of pride for me that the first commercial winery in the USA was…

DISTILLING THE WORLD’S OLDEST GIN RECIPE

DISTILLING THE WORLD’S OLDEST GIN RECIPE

October 4, 2017

I was reading David Driscoll’s blog one evening, and came upon a reference to the world’s oldest gin recipe. Then I sent David an email “We’re fucking doing this.” And so, it started. Looking up Tristan Stephenson’s excellent book, The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace, and reading the original full reference quote; “In 1495, a wealthy…

AMERICAN BRANDY ROCKS

AMERICAN BRANDY ROCKS

June 7, 2017

Copper & Kings is an American brandy company based in Butchertown, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. We make a dynamic American style brandy. We do not make brandy derivative of a European tradition. We make a differentiated, uncommon, unadulterated, pure pot-distilled natural American brandy. Which begs the question, I suppose, what do we mean by “American brandy”? We…

A HISTORY OF BRANDY PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION IN EARLY VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY

A HISTORY OF BRANDY PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION IN EARLY VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY

May 25, 2017

The history of brandy in America is so deep and diverse. With the first recorded distillation in America being brandy in 1640, in many ways brandy can be considered to be America’s original spirit. We have been delving in to the history of the production and consumption of brandy in America for some years now….

LIKE MINDED SPIRITS

LIKE MINDED SPIRITS

November 16, 2016

I guess a company that uses an ampersand as its core brand icon would naturally embrace partnerships and working with friends. There is nothing quite like working with people you admire, who share the same values and aspirations that you do. We have always admired the craft brewing fraternity, and how they work together on…

Come On Home My Little Darlin’

Come On Home My Little Darlin’

October 24, 2016

Fall is here once again in Kentucky and my anticipation has been building for weeks. A busy summer on the road is coming to an end, and a crazy distillation season is ahead, but in between is one of my favorite rituals – our annual distillation of our 100% Kentucky thoroughbred Vidal Blanc single varietal…

BRANDY BARREL AGED COFFEE. TAKE A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE.

BRANDY BARREL AGED COFFEE. TAKE A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE.

July 29, 2016

We have always enjoyed and appreciated the inspiration of working with fine craftsmen. People who take their trade very seriously, but don’t take themselves very seriously. Who we have a few laughs with, but mostly that they give us inspiration, that they teach us new tricks, and that we grow and develop and become better…

Kentucky Brandy Heritage

Kentucky Brandy Heritage

July 1, 2016

I have heard many people ask Copper & Kings “Why Louisville? Why make Brandy in the heart of Bourbon Country?” The answer from Joe Heron , owner of Copper & Kings is usually “Why Not? It is the place to be in America if you want to distill spirits. This is where the expertise is…

BR&NDYHAUS – THE DISTILLED BEER PROJECT – 2’ND EDITION

BR&NDYHAUS – THE DISTILLED BEER PROJECT – 2’ND EDITION

June 13, 2016

Copper & Kings is an American Brandy craft distillery wrapped (at least in part) in the culture, ethos and inspiration of American craft brewers. Well anyway we like to think so…. We love working with craft brewers – our CR&FTWERK series is one of our proudest accomplishments, and we are excited for the next releases…

SETTING FREE THE BE&RS. THE PURSUIT OF VERMOUTH.

SETTING FREE THE BE&RS. THE PURSUIT OF VERMOUTH.

June 6, 2016

We are enthralled by artisans. And we love booze. And boozy cocktails. And not so boozy cocktails. And we think Vermouth is gorgeous. We also suspect that you are bored with the sound of our voice, so are proud to deliver a vermouth treatise from Marco The Magnificent. We give you our first independent voice,…