As the second full week of the year is about to come to a close, I wanted to share some fine visuals from The Bluegrass State—particularly as it relates to Kentucky’s greatest contribution to global drinking culture. Enjoy Week 2 of The Year of Drinking Adventurously: bourbon and rye. To enjoy your own 52-week imbibing extravaganza, grab a copy of the book here.
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.
Drinkable Week: Another Orphan Barrel bourbon from Diageo, Ole Smoky Moonshine calls the Wolf & Disaronno unveils Riserva
The Drinkable Week: Pikesville rye whiskey, New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Denver project & Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest in July
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.