Category Archives: Drink

About liquids

Copper & Kings hosts gin festival

Brown liquors get their color from aging in wood, for years in most cases. That makes cash flow for a new distillery dicey, and the reason to distill and bottle clear spirits as well, to make enough money to keep those brandy and Bourbon barrels aging properly until it is time for them to hit the market. So, with the rise of new Bourbon producers in the state, we have seen also the rise of clear spirits vodka, gin, moonshine and unaged brandy production as well. Saturday, Aug. 5, 7-11 p.m., Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., will celebrate clear spirits with the Supersonic Craft Gin Festival.
Continue reading Copper & Kings hosts gin festival

Two wine dinners next week

The rhythms of special dinners continue next week with two wine-focused meals, one on Tuesday, July 18 at Varanese, and the other Thursday, July 20 at Proof on Main. The dinner at Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will feature the wines of BOS vineyards in Napa Valley, while Proof will build its Fork + Bottle series dinner around the wines of Stoller Family Estates in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

The Varanese dinner begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner at 7. The featured guest speaker will be David Bos the vineyard manager who has been working for a decade with biodynamic and organic farming practices to heal and restore played out farmland. For the menu created by the Varanese team led by Chef Erik Abraham, go to

The cost of the dinner and wine pairings will be $65. Calling (502) 899-9904 or email

At Proof on Main, 702 W. Main St., the 4-course dinner crafted by executive chef Mike Wajda will feature special guest Melissa Burr, Director of Winemaking at Stoller Family Estate, who will lead tastings of each pairing.

The menu will feature an oyster shooter with tomato water, lemongrass and Calabrian chiles; head-on tiger prawns with lardo and garlic scapes; and Amish-raised rabbit cannelloni with ramp butter. The entree will be a whole roasted wild boar served table side with pickled corn, foraged mushroom jam and house sausage.

Featured wines will include 2016 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Rose, 2016 Dundee Hills Reserve Chardonnay, 2015 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir and 2015 Single Acre Syrah.

The Stoller Family Estate Vineyard dinner will be $115. Call (502) 217-6360.

Falls City Beer Dinner at Varanese

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m., Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will host a 4-course dinner paired with beers from Louisville’s Falls City Brewing. Guest speaker Drew Johnson, General Manager of Falls City Beer, will discuss his pairing choices for the four courses created by the Varanese team led by Chef Erik Abraham. Continue reading Falls City Beer Dinner at Varanese

Rye whiskey dinner at Village Anchor

Tomorrow, Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m., the Village Anchor, 11507 Park Rd. in Anchorage, will host the second in a five-dinner series they call the Whisk(e)y Five dinners. This one will feature tastings of rye whiskey, paired with chef Henry Wesley’s three-course dinner. Continue reading Rye whiskey dinner at Village Anchor

Surf’s up tomorrow at Copper & Kings

Tomorrow, Saturday June 24, The Ohio River Surf Club (a mysterious group that surfs in the dead of night without a moon, are invisible to ninjas and conjurers, and have cool hair, a nonchalant disposition with no desire to be famous, according to their press release) returns to Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., for The Return of Kentiki, the summer Tiki party. The surf rock band Inertia, featuring members of Wanda Jackson’s touring band, Bodeco and ex-members of the Ladybirds, will perform in the distillery courtyard from 8 p.m. to midnight, and there will beHula dancing performance by Hawaiian Hula and Ori Tahiti of Louisville. Continue reading Surf’s up tomorrow at Copper & Kings

Tap into Fest of Ale tomorrow in New Albany

The 12th annual Keg Liquors Fest of Ale happens tomorrow, Saturday, June 3, at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater, 201 E. Water St. One hundred ten breweries will be serving at least 250different kinds of beers and other quaffables, including wines, ciders and soft drinks, from American craft breweries, cideries and imports. Continue reading Tap into Fest of Ale tomorrow in New Albany

Get “A Taste of Main Street” tonight

The Main Street Association, a group of businesses and residents of Main St., are putting on their very first “A Taste of Main Street” Friday, May 19, 6-9 p.m. at Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St. The event will offer food and drink samples from nearly 20 restaurants and distilleries on Main Street, live music from Frankie Moody, a cash bar, and door prize giveaways every half hour. Continue reading Get “A Taste of Main Street” tonight

NY Times extols Copper & Kings

Yesterday’s New York Times Food section has a lengthy article about the rise of American brandy production, and it rightly begins with a profile of Joe Heron and Copper & Kings, the brandy distillery he began in Butchertown three years ago.

The story, “American Brandy Is Surging, Even in Whiskey Country,” discusses several American distilleries that are producing brandies made from American grapes, leading off with Heron and his success with Copper & Kings.  Continue reading NY Times extols Copper & Kings