Can’t believe it’s almost here! My book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously (52 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone) officially hits the street on Nov. 24, but the adventure starts a few days early. And, instead of a typical launch party, it’ll be a launch BAR CRAWL! What better way to reflect the diversity of beverages showcased in the book than to hit an array of venues that specialize in some of those specific drinks/styles? It’ll begin in the afternoon of Saturday Nov. 21, and continue into the evening. You’re all invited to come to as many or as few of the stops as you’d like. I’m still ironing out the exact itinerary (frequent updates will follow) but the most likely starting point will be Jimmy’s No. 43 on E. 7th St. at 2 pm. And, if you plan on showing up for some of the later stops, don’t worry about not being able to find us. We’ll adhere pretty closely to a schedule and will have frequent social media updates throughout the day detailing our whereabouts. (I’ll also be hauling copies of the book in both hardcover and paperback formats for sale and signing). The official hashtag is #Drinking52.
Drinkable Week: High-end whiskey from Wild Turkey & Jack Daniel’s, Copper & Kings gin and Louisville’s craft beer map
Some American icons get mature and strong while Louisville gins up and charts a course for good beer, all…on the Latest edition of The Drinkable Week.
Bourbon is usually what draws travelers to Louisville (besides horses, of course), but the Copper & Kings distillery, in the city’s Butchertown neighborhood, is giving drinkers another reason to visit. When most other distillers in the state of Kentucky are focused primarily on whiskey-making, Copper & Kings is distinguishing itself by dedicating its production to brandy and absinthe.
In addition to making fine spirits, the distillery is a case study for modern branding. From it’s orange and black color scheme to its likely-to-become-iconic ampersand logo, Copper & Kings seems to have mastered the art of standing out in an increasingly crowded category. And it’s barely been in business a year!
This week the distillery announced it’s adding an additional seven states—Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas—to its distribution footprint, bringing its total to 15. Its products are also available in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and, of course, Kentucky.
But don’t wait for Copper & Kings products—which include Copper & Kings Craft Distilled Brandy, Immature Brandy, Absinthe Blanche and Vapor Distilled Lavender, Citrus and Ginger absinthes—to arrive in your state. Head to Louisville to taste them in one of the most aesthetically dynamic operating distilleries in America.