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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky is known for bourbon, but now a brandy distillery is under construction -- Copper & Kings in Butchertown.
Local contractors working on the project are excited about the new business, as Timothy King of BCS Construction explains: "Right now we're pouring the concrete and framing up all the interior walls. Once that gets done, we'll be ready to put all the mechanicals and stuff in."
Paul Adams, also of BCS, says, "I'm glad they are bringing brandy into Butchertown, and that way we get some new distilleries in the area. We're known for bourbon only, so I think It'll be good to have a little difference."
The company's consultant says the owners recently moved to Louisville to form the business. In addition to the distillery, there will be a tasting room and office space.
In February, the state and Louisville Metro Government offered Riverhorse, the owners, $400,000 in tax incentives to entice the company to establish a start-up manufacturer and distributor of brandies in Louisville.
Tax incentive documents show the new operation would eventually employ 30 people. They also show Riverhorse will be working with the Distilled Spirits Epicenter to "experiment with different brandies" at the new distillery. We're told the Epicenter is a company that helps entrepreneurs start distilleries.
The sign says Copper & Kings is expected to open in Spring of 2014, as work is also underway on a new bar next door.
Adams says, "I think this time next year you're going to see a whole new area. I think it's going to be alive and well."