ZAK Cooperage is a 3rd generation, family-owned cooperage that prides itself on producing hand-crafted new white oak barrels for wind and distilled spirits. In 1991 we opened our stave mill in historic Athertonville, Kentucky and expanded into a cooperage that supplies distilleries both locally and internationally.
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The Wood – American Oak Staves
ZAK Cooperage maintains the highest quality of barrels by carefully crafting and selecting staves. We begin by acquiring the finest white oak logs our region has to offer. The logs are processed through our facility to manufacture staves and heading. The material is air-dried and seasoned on our property in preparation for assembly. The white oak pieces are kiln dried to bring the material to the desired moisture content.
The Barrels – Ready for Your Spirits
Our bourbon barrels are constructed in our plant using modern machinery along with traditional cooperage techniques. We raise our barrels with aged, dried white oak and flame char the interior so that our client’s spirits can acquire the desired character throughout the maturation process. Hoops and heads are driven into place by hand to create a water-tight seal. Before the barrels are loaded for shipment, we pressurize the barrel and perform a final inspection to ensure that they are ready to be filled at your distillery.
Our Deep Roots – Distilling Since the 1,700s
The Athertonville distilling roots date back to the 1700s when Wattie Boone, a relative of Daniel Boone built the first distillery in the area on Knob Creek. Historians believe Thomas Lincoln, father of Abraham Lincoln worked at this distillery around 1814. In the late 1800s a second distillery, the Atherton Distillery, was built and was recognized as the largest sour mash distillery in the world at the time producing 6,600 gallons of whiskey per day. All went great until the advent of Prohibition when all production ceased but the deep knowledge and expertise remained.