LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Making world class brandy in a world class distillery is now a reality for a new local company.
The bottling line is up and running at Kentucky's newest distillery. But it's not bourbon, it's brandy, Copper and Kings Brandy.
It's the creation of Joe Heron and his wife who have invested millions to turn an old warehouse into a modern distillery in Butchertown, in the heart of bourbon country.
"I think brandy is delicious," says Heron, "and I think whiskey drinkers as well as people who haven't drunk whiskey will find it enjoyable."
Heron believes bourbon lovers can become brandy lovers as well.
"I think in a world of experimentation and adventure people are looking to do new things to compliment what they drink," says Heron.
He is originally from South Africa and has successfully developed other beverage products.
Now he believes he has found a permanent home in Louisville's Butchertown neighborhood to produce his brandy.
He says, "this is a very creative city and in order for a new business to be successful you have to be imaginative and creative and Louisville has that."
He says distilling is a combination of art and science.
"I think what we try to do for Butchertown is to do something that reflects a culture of sophistication and style with a little bit of edge and a little bit of rock and roll," says Heron.
Heron says he's proud that 45 state and local businesses were part of the renovation process.
"From Vendome who built the copper stills three blocks up the road, to Service Tanks down on Main Street to Big Ass Fans in Lexington," he says.
The public gets a chance to see the new distillery for the first time with a soft opening on Friday evening.
For information about tours and the Friday night open house check out the website www.copperandkings.com.
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