Brandy companies open up shop in bourbon country

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 3:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two new flavors are heading to the city of Louisville. Both Copper & Kings and Rivulet Pecan Liqueur will open their doors to the public in the coming month, providing a taste of brandy here in Bourbon Country.

"It's ambition wrapped into imagination," Joe Heron, the owner of Copper and Kings American Brandy Co. said.

Heron’s brandy exclusive distillery opens in just six weeks in Butchertown, but allowed for a sneak peek  tour Wednesday morning. Nearly 75 percent of the distillery is underground. Located at 1111 E. Washington St., it’s the first brandy distillery in town.

"We field numerous inquiries daily about when we'll be open for touring and tasting so we decided to just do it," Heron said. "We'll invite Louisville in a little early to see what we've been up to and share some of our enthusiasm. Above all, we want this to be a community asset and not just a tourist attraction."

A soft opening will take place Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. The informal event will include live local music from JK Mabry & the Maybes, food trucks and a craft cocktail bar. In addition to the free outdoor event, guided distillery tours that include a rooftop tasting, are available for $5 per person.
 
Copper & Kings brandy has already hit Kentucky store shelves and will soon be joined by some friendly completion. Mayor Greg Fischer welcomed the newest spirits to Whiskey Row, Rivulet Pecan Liqueur, located at 7th and Main Streets. James Marshall, Rivulet’s owner and a retired global executive for 3M, described his unique drink as the finest slow-distilled brandy, aged in small oak casks, with a recipe that extracts a pecan flavor. That same recipe was locked away in Marshall’s vault Thursday afternoon.

"It’s a drink with a long, smooth finish,” Marshall said.

After realizing that 95 percent of the world's pecans are grown in the United States, Marshall began a quest for perfecting just the right formulation for a luxury spirit that could be appreciated around the world. With the help of Dave Dafoe, founder of the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, and Scott Reid, a local industry brand development and marketing expert, Marshall began fast-tracking the overall brand development and commercialization process.

Marshall and Heron are good friends and wished each other well on their newest adventures in Louisville. Both say it wasn’t the logical choice to bring the drink to Bourbon Country, but brandy is gaining steam and community support.

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