The Copperworks Team
Jason Parker, Co-Founder/President
Jason was raised in Kentucky and may have a touch of bourbon in his blood.
Maybe that’s what got him into craft beer brewing in the early days, before there was even a microbrew scene in Seattle. With degrees in chemistry and microbiology and love of fine beer, he was the first brewer at Pike Place Brewery in 1989. He went on to refine his craft with Fish Brewing Company, Redhook and as Brewmaster at Pyramid Breweries.
Micah Nutt, Co-Founder/Distiller
Micah is a skilled and passionate home brewer. Introduced to the craft in the 1980s by his brother, Micah eventually constructed an efficient all-electric basement brewery. As a software engineer, he set out to fully automate the process with computer control. But the solid-state relays, thermistors, and painstakingly soldered circuit boards were abandoned after he realized that brewing is more fun when done the old-fashioned way.
Long encouraged by friends, Micah casually explored opening his own brewery in the new millennia. But when Washington State passed legislation allowing craft distilleries, his thoughts diverted to starting a distillery. Micah and Jason have been friends for more than 20 years, enjoying the creation, testing and consumption of extraordinary craft beer.
Jeff Kanof, Vice President
Jeff is a recovering attorney, having left his law firm job in New York City for the Northwest to focus on his passion for fine spirits. He cut his teeth in Seattle by helping to launch Letterpress Distilling.
Always an avid beer fan, Jeff spent a month in Belgium seeking out some of the world’s best beers. His interest in complex flavors and craftsmanship led him to explore American whiskey. Countless bottles later, he realized he had fallen in love with spirits and the art of mixing drinks. Jeff joined Copperworks in time to help bottle the first batch of spirits.
Sam Parker, Tasting Room Manager
Sam hails from the “other” Washington (the one back east). After graduating with a degree in Religious Studies in Minnesota and studying for a semester in India, Sam has jumped into the Seattle-area distilling world, focusing on learning the subtleties of spirits and distilleries. He contributes his fresh perspective, enthusiasm and always positive “can-do” attitude to the Copperworks experience.
Steve Harreld, Tasting Room Associate
Steve has called Seattle home since beginning graduate music school at the UW in 2009, where he went on to earn his master’s degree and completed coursework for his doctorate. Moving to the Pacific Northwest enabled Steve to embrace his zeal for fine flavors.
While maintaining an active career as a freelance trombonist, he discovered a passion for discussing, sharing, and imbibing quality spirits.
Kathy Humphrey, Marketing
Kathy started doing marketing and communications work about the time she started enjoying fine cocktails (i.e. a long time ago).
She’s led marketing teams in U.S. and Europe, served as consultant to a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations, and taught the subject for a sustainable MBA program. When she’s not waxing poetically about the merits of American Single Malt Whiskey or taking photos of cocktails at bars, she’s enjoying her other favorite liquid (salt water while scuba diving…).
John Parker, Consulting Jack-of-all Trades
Periodically, Copperworks imports uniquely qualified talent for special projects. Dr. John Parker (a.k.a. Jason’s dad) is a veteran of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail, a 45-year resident of Kentucky, a retired professor of political science at Western Kentucky University, and a Kentucky Colonel.
John conducted Copperworks’ field research in Bourbon County to discover the secrets of barrel aging, led the construction of the ricks that hold our barrels of aging whiskey, and much more.