One Dog Two Sticks

One Dog Two Sticks

April 8, 2015

Lesley and I have started 3 different beverage businesses in the span of about 10 years. Nutrisoda, nutrient enhanced sodas with health benefits – sold to PepsiAmericas in 2006, Crispin Hard Cider – sold to MillerCoors in 2012 and now Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. This does not make me an expert. I am…

&lchemy

&lchemy

March 17, 2015

  I’ve always been fond of the metaphorical meanings and hidden gnosis of the world in which we live as well as the practical and folk/tribal knowledge of the human experience. Where the roads of practicality, science, fact, history, agriculture, and mysticism meet, you are likely to find me exploring and rattling “Old Bones” as…

KR&FTWERK

KR&FTWERK

February 23, 2015

We are a small American Brandy distillery based in Butchertown, Louisville, Kentucky. By colloquial definition a “Craft Distillery”. But is there such a thing as craft distilling, and is the term relevant? “I’m struggling with the definition of craft spirits. Does it have to mean small? Or an entrepreneur with a pot-still in his garage?”…

CAN THIS HORSE RUN?

CAN THIS HORSE RUN?

February 3, 2015

Copper & Kings lives in horse country. Fabled Kentucky. Blue Grass, Bluegrass and Blue Blood. Bourbon. To me brandy embodies the spirit, shape, beauty and rhythm of the horse. The wild horse and the racehorse – the Mustang and California Chrome. Brandy has beauty and grace. A natural fluid gait, that turns in to an…

“FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY. STING LIKE A BEE”.

“FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY. STING LIKE A BEE”.

January 12, 2015

  A quote from one of Louisville’s most illustrious residents. The plight of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly is thankfully in the news right now. “Monarch butterfly numbers are so low that a couple of bad storms or freezing weather at the wrong time could wipe them out.”   Some article links are found here, usatoday.com…

Blue Sky Mining

Blue Sky Mining

November 18, 2014

This article was published in the fine on-line publication The Spirits Business on 11/13. The question postulated was whether we have reached a plateau in terms of cocktail innovation? How much Blue Sky is there left to mine? (And thank you Midnight Oil – come to think of it that’s also a good name for…

SHIP TO SHORE

SHIP TO SHORE

November 4, 2014

So what happens if you box creativity in? We were looking at how we could add value to our Butchertown distillery home with something that transcended the obvious and created space where we could host guests for tours and events – a space that incorporated a retail store, waiting room, and bathroom and catering amenities….

Kentucky Vidal 2014

Kentucky Vidal 2014

October 22, 2014

When folks think of Kentucky, grapes and good brandy are not likely to be amongst the first images conjured. While I will admit to an obvious bias in this area, it is my opinion that people need to expand their repertoires regarding “all things Kentucky.” They need to open their minds up to include grape…