As I mentioned yesterday, I had a whirlwind experience last week at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair. In case you missed it Wednesday, I talked a little bit about the fact I was a Golden Ticket holder. What does that mean exactly? Well! I’ll tell you right now.
With only 50 of us each year, a Golden Ticket holder is a coveted spot for us bourbon lovers. These tickets sell out quickly and with good reason. We get first access to the events of our choice, personalized concierge service and special gifts and recognition, just to name a few. Clearly this was something I needed to attain, so I was glued to my computer earlier this year to ensure I snagged a spot for myself.
Anyway, back to my recap of night one. The first stop was Vendome Copper & Brass Works. Not knowing what this was at first, I’m going, “ok, off to a warehouse where copper things are made – this is cool.” Well – cool is an understatement. Everyone has their stills made here. They provide equipment to various breweries, distilleries, and various chemical and food industries – just to name a few. A very cool tour indeed.
That photo below of Adina hitting the copper was their way of showing how hard the metal is and once heated, how pliable it can be. A bunch took a turn hitting it which was fun to watch. Imagine building one of those large stills, all from hammering them out by hand!
After that, we hopped on the bus to Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery. Located in Butchertown, downtown, this place is just gorgeous from start to finish. This distillery makes everything from brandy to absinthe. Inspired by both American brandy and American music, this relatively new distillery batch distills in those very stills you see above. Go ahead and read more about their craft.
With many young distillers in tow, they had many options for us to try, from moonshine to young whiskey to their very own brandy (which as a bourbon drinker, I can admit is pretty darn good!). The night ended with a beautiful sunset after tons of rain earlier in the day. The perfect ending to the first day and the start of our tour.
Louisville, you’re kinda pretty.