Copper & Kings Cr&ftwerk Sierra Nevada
Copper & Kings // Kentucky, USA
With the Cr&ftwerk series, American brandy producer Copper & Kings collaborated with four American craft breweries to develop a lineup of brandies aged in casks which previously held beer. From Sierra Nevada, they utilized casks which held their Smoked Imperial Porter. Across the series, each of the four is bottled at 111 proof and retails for $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 grapy and fruity notes, some light chocolate, and a touch of spice. Palate is quite soft upfront and somewhat one note with oak and a grassy-herbal profile. Astringent. Big spice comes in on the finish, with dry oak and cedar, along with black pepper. Finish is long, and turns bitter, with cocoa lurking behind. Nose was exciting and then the palate disappointed."