Copper & Kings Cr&ftwerk Against the Grain
Copper & Kings // Kentucky, USA
For their Cr&ftwerk series, Copper & Kings collaborated with four American craft breweries, obtaining used beer barrels from each to age their brandy for a period of 12 months. Their neighbor in Louisville, Against the Grain, provided them with casks which held their Mac Fanny Baw peated Scottish ale. The entire Cr&ftwerk lineup is bottled at 111 proof and retails for approximately $50.
American BrandyProduced in the US, this is usually referring to brandy distilled from grape-based wine. If the producer uses other fruit, it must be stated on the label. If aged under two years in oak, it must state the word "immature" on the label. Beyond that, labels such as VS, VSOP, and XO mean little as the brands themselves dictate what that means to them.
Cask Typefinished in American craft beer barrels
"The nose offers a rich sweetness, backed up by citrus zest, smoke, and spicy oak. The palate showcases malt and dark chocolate, with honey and toffee. It's somewhat oily. Finish is long, smooth and steady. It's the star of the Cr&ftwerk lineup, with the most well-balanced profile and best depth of flavors. Easy drinking, particularly given the proof."