How We Make Spirits from Beer

The Copperworks label says “From great brewing comes great spirits.” That’s partly because Copperworks was founded by brewers who spent decades making beer before they became distillers. But it’s also because all our products start as a high-quality craft beer, without hops. We don’t want to add bitterness to our vodka, gin, and whiskey, so […]

Question from an Eagle-Eyed Whiskey Lover

“Help me out…this is a FANTASTIC whiskey, but what’s up with the label: ‘Single Malt’ and ‘Recipe: Five Malt & Pale Malt’? Huh?“ We appreciated getting this great question from a customer. We agree, it’s confusing. When describing a whiskey, the word “single” in “single malt” means the whiskey in the bottle is from a...

“I thought gin was made from juniper.”

We hear this comment a lot in the tasting room. Juniper is the defining ingredient in gin, but it’s not the base ingredient. Gin is made by flavoring a vodka or neutral grain spirits with juniper, and other botanicals if the distiller chooses. Distillers start with a high-proof neutral spirit and use a variety of […]

American Single Malt Whiskey Has Definitely Arrived

“As a category, American single malt has definitively arrived,” said Huffpost. “It’s ready for official recognition that will allow the category to fully mature and flourish—and whiskey lovers all over the world will be all the better for that.” Copperworks and more than 70 distillers of American Single Malt Whiskey throughout the U.S. agree it’s time […]

Casks Direct from Spain

Copperworks Sherry Cask Finished Gin was the ninth release in our Experimental Series of cask finshed gins. Our flagship Copperworks Gin was finished in a 500-liter cask (technically, a “sherry butt”) that previously held Pedro Ximénez Sherry. We purchased the cask from Spain where it was part of a solera system of barrels for 80 years. Solera is a system […]

Is it scotch? Is it bourbon? No, it’s American Single Malt Whiskey

Now that we’ve released Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey, we talk with folks from all over the world about whiskey. And a question we often get is “Are you making bourbon or scotch?” The answer is “neither,” because Copperworks makes what is a fairly new style of whiskey: American Single Malt Whiskey. It’s an emerging […]

“I thought vodka was made from potatoes.”

We hear this a lot in the tasting room. And yes, Polish, and sometimes Russian, vodkas are typically made from potatoes. But vodka can be made from any source of fermentable sugar. At Copperworks, we make all our products — including our vodka — from un-hopped beer. So our base ingredient is malted barley. But […]

Why is that gin brown?

“Why is that gin…uh… brown?” ask a lot of visitors to our tasting room. Some are intrigued; some are confused. (Some just ask for a sample of vodka instead…) They’re asking about one of our aged gins, which might be a rich gold to a deep amber, depending upon which release we’re pouring. Each of […]

Next Up: “Gin Barrel Gin”

We’re having fun aging gin. We’ve been experimenting by aging Copperworks Gin in oak barrels with various past lives (one new barrel, the rest used) and releasing the limited-edition aged gins when they’ve reached their peak flavor. The next aged gin we’ll release sounds like it comes from our Department of Redundancy Department:  Gin Barrel […]

Celebrate the End of Prohibition!

Join Copperworks and these fine Seattle cocktail spots this evening, Dec. 5,  to commemorate the end of Prohibition: TASTE at SAM: offering an array of cocktails, each featuring a different Copperworks spirit Liberty Bar: get a flight of gin, with one or more Copperworks gins, plus cocktails featuring the gins Rock Creek: featuring Prohibition-era cocktails made […]