THE AMPERS&ND

THE AMPERS&ND

April 21, 2016

The ampersand is an integral part of our brand. It started off as a design element. A really cool design element that joined the two words , Copper and Kings together as a whole. And Ron Jasin did a fantastic job of creating an integrated and ownable design icon that has taken on a deeper…

Smoking B&rrels

Smoking B&rrels

February 12, 2016

So how important is the barrel to the finished spirit in the bottle? We produce pure copper-pot distilled American Brandy that is non-chill filtered and unadulterated by boisé, other flavors, sugar or caramel color. We enter the barrel at a highish proof +/- 135 so that we can extract the wood tonality with clarity. We…

Cr&fted: Distilling Craft Beer The Brandy Way

Cr&fted: Distilling Craft Beer The Brandy Way

December 22, 2015

Technically the process of whiskey distillation (from grain) and brandy distillation (from fruit) are similar. However they part ways in terms of distillation philosophy; whiskey focuses on  extraction and purification (to palatability) and brandy is focused upon the retention and concentration (of varietal and flavor nuance). We have said that we at Copper & Kings…

We don’t make Bourbon. We make American Brandy.

We don’t make Bourbon. We make American Brandy.

December 3, 2015

We don’t make wannabe Bourbon, we make American Brandy in Kentucky. We are proud to be located in Butchertown, Louisville, Kentucky. We are unabashed that our primary maturation tool is a Kentucky Bourbon barrel. We do sometimes get a certain type of person who accuses us of trying to make brandy that tastes like Bourbon….

It Can Drive You To Drink

It Can Drive You To Drink

November 16, 2015

Who would get in to the brandy business? You have to be crazy. Bat-shit crazy or thick as a brick stupid. Because making brandy is hard, and way harder than it looks. Every year we distill our annual Kentucky Vintage Brandy. We distill Vidal Blanc wine that we pick, press, ferment and distill 100% in…

BR&NDY ALL STARS

BR&NDY ALL STARS

October 2, 2015

The art of distilling and the art of music are related and symbiotic. The orchestration of different moving parts, the “vision” that no one else quite sees until fully formed, the bit by bit, piece by piece creative process and most of all the energy and imagination that creates something vibrant and spirited. Copper &…

LIFE DURING WARTIME

LIFE DURING WARTIME

August 28, 2015

“Building A Business When There Are No Easy Answers” There is a romantic ideal to entrepreneurship in America that is equal parts joy and misery, exhilaration and terror. That starting businesses is celebrated in the USA, is one of our great cultural gifts. Usually we forget about the misery (bless us). But it is REALLY…

TIMSHEL

TIMSHEL

July 15, 2015

I read a lot. And reading informs my worldview a lot. If there is an author that has had deep influence for me (and my daughter Georgia) it would be John Steinbeck. I have cried reading Of Mice and Men, I have laughed out loud reading Cannery Row (and I have tried a beer milkshake…

F&MOUZ

F&MOUZ

June 12, 2015

As a young student I was obsessed with the New Musical Express magazine. I would wait for it weekly (and in South Africa it was always about 3 months past the actual publication date) and devour it. Every article. The music was obviously important, but also the journalists (I’m going to date myself now) –…

Boogie Chillin’

Boogie Chillin’

May 19, 2015

We do not manufacture consistency, we aim to manage consistency. Our focus is on the alembic copper pot-distillation and blending of beautiful, delicious American Brandy. We aim to manage consistency through the palate, art and craft of our distillers. Our American Brandy is non-chill filtered, without additive adulteration by boisé, sugar or caramel color, for…

Emotion Pictures

Emotion Pictures

May 6, 2015

There came a moment in the promotion of movies that commerce transcended the art. That the “star” transcended the plot and the movie poster moved to “who” vs “what”. Which is sad. Because we love the movies. As much as we love music. Fortunately there is a vibrant and colorful art genre that has taken…

Artisanal Perfumery – An Exploration

Artisanal Perfumery – An Exploration

April 23, 2015

This is not a subject I profess to have much knowledge about, but do have a serious interest. We distill American Brandy using an alembic pot-distillation process. For many we are part of a burgeoning cultural shift to artisanal products – from craft beer to “craft” distilling, from “small batch” pickles to cured meats. Products…