Making brandy in a bourbon town is like playing soccer in a basketball town. In and unlikely pairing, both of these scenarios have proven to be winners. Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. in Louisville, Kentucky has partnered with Louisville City FC (Football Club) the first team in modern USL history by win back-to-back soccer championships to be the teams official American brandy.
Louisville City started playing in 2015 as the state’s first professional soccer team. The team currently plays home games at Louisville Slugger Field, a converted minor league baseball stadium, but construction is underway on a new 11,500-seat, $70+ million-dollar stadium in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood which is also home to Copper & Kings distillery. When the 2020 season kicks off the new stadium will be within walking distance to the distillery.
Welcome to the Neighborhood
“Welcome to the Slaughterhouse,” says Copper & Kings founder, Joe Heron. “We have been enthusiastic and vocal supporters of the football team, and we have always been, and always will be fans of the club first and foremost. This is our team, the fans are our people, and the culture of the club meshes perfectly with ours.”
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Louisville City President, Brad Estes says, “Copper & Kings has been with us step by step, side by side and in March 2020, we will be neighbors in our new Butchertown stadium home, and we couldn’t be happier to have the world’s best brandy company as our partner. Our club shares the same spirit of energy and enthusiasm and natural creativity, but this is also a bond of friendship – we just like those folks.”
Copper & Kings uses small batch copper pot distillation to forge untraditional, non-derivative, pure pot-distilled American apple and grape brandies, absinthe, gin and Destillaré liqueurs that are non-chill filtered with no added sugar, colors, artificial flavors, or synthetic chemicals.