Our Story

Handcrafting premium spirits from grain to glass using authentic ingredients grown by local farmers. Every detail is considered in what we craft and how you experience it.

At Coppercraft, we have a certain way of doing things. It’s simply who we are and how we craft our spirits and your experience. Creating a legacy that embraces hard work and celebrates our community of family and friends. We’re proud to be an American distillery. Honored to open our doors to the community. Loving what we do. Having fun doing it. Eager to share the Coppercraft experience with you.

The Story is in the Details

It’s amazing what attention to detail, hard work, and a lot of heart can produce. What once was the Belden Brick and Supply in Holland, Michigan has been transformed into an authentic distillery and tasting room. Friends Walter Catton and Mark Fellwock established Coppercraft Distillery in 2012. The two men shared the dream and the passion to create premium small-batch spirits by hand using local ingredients and share these spirits with the community. Joining them to bring Coppercraft spirits to classically inspired cocktails that genuinely complement the spirits using freshly pressed juices, locally grown herbs and other house-made ingredients is Jenney Grant.

As you step inside, the centerpiece of the business—the genuine Vendome® copper still—which was proudly manufactured in the USA. At 350 gallons, the copper still allows our distillers the ability to create spirits with complexity and character, ultimately delivering a superior product.

Everything at Coppercraft has been done carefully and with much consideration. Keeping the distilling process at the forefront of the building ensures guests will fully embrace the story and art of handcrafted spirits—from the local farms where ingredients are sourced to the precision and time devoted to distilling the mash and bottling the spirits.

The building was gutted to make room for the still, processing equipment grain, storage, and tasting room. Staying true to the heritage of spirits, the owners gave the distillery an old, industrial feel. They have created a warm and inviting space by incorporating re-purposed woods from years past with the right amount of metals that accent the tasting room and processing area.

Spirits

Currently, we offer rum, gin, vodka and citrus vodka. We also distill many varieties of whiskey, with a focus and passion for bourbon. We have produced a variety of small batch whiskeys, including a high-rye, 100% corn, and a red wheat to name a few. These first three expressions of our whiskies were released in July of 2014 with limited availability.

We feature a seasonally changing cocktail menu. Ingredients in our signature cocktails are sourced from local, independent producers and growers.

Also, we’ve been named the official spirits of Tulip Time 2014 featuring the Coppercraft Tulip Thyme Cocktail.

Tours, Tasting and Events

In our tasting room, we thoughtfully mix cocktails, one drink at a time. The goal isn’t speed, to offer our guests a one of a kind experience. Through shared conversation a story about the spirits or the still is often had. We want to educate folks on the art of distilling and the people who help make it possible, from the local farmers who supply our ingredients to the fourth-generation company that built our still.

Tasting Room Hours

Monday - Saturday 2:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunday - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Monday - Friday tours at 5:00pm; Saturday tours at 3:00pm and 5:00pm; Sunday tours at 3:00pm

Coppercraft Night School

Join us at the distillery this summer for Coppercraft Night School. We will host 3 cocktail classes this Fall each with a different theme.

Thursday September 25: Cocktails 101 - Learn the basic techniques to rock our your own cocktails at home

Thursday October 23: Cocktails with Fustini’s - Build on your cocktail recipes with oils and vinegars from Fustini’s

Thursday November 20: Holiday Cocktails & Punches - Entertain your guests when you add these holiday libations to your repertoire

Classes run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, included instruction and cocktails. Cost is $35 for individual class, or $90 if you enroll in all 3. For more information on each event and to purchase individual tickets: http://coppercraftdistillery.eventbrite.com?s=25964855

If you are interested in enrolling in all three classes, contact Jenney at jenney@coppercraftdistillery.com

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Tours

Private Events

If you’re interested in holding a private event at our facility shoot us an email at info@coppercraftdistillery.com

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Hours

Monday - Saturday 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Contact

Coppercraft Distillery

184 120th Avenue, Holland, Michigan 49424

info@coppercraftdistillery.com

It’s Science

It’s Science – Making Cuts

We get the
question a lot “How did two guys with accounting backgrounds get into the craft
distilling industry?” – and that’s a valid question. I started in the craft
beer industry, which was good exposure into distilling, but my experience in
that industry was mainly behind a computer with, what we refer to as,
accounting hands. They hadn’t seen a
callus in quite a while. Since kicking off the distillery my hands have seen a
few more calluses. With the transition from behind the computer to being on the
floor has come a lot of reading and learning on the distillation/science side
of our craft.

One of the
most important aspects of crafting our product is during the distillation
process where we make our cuts. We run each one of our products through our stills
twice. The first run we do is a stripping run and second run is what we call a
finishing run. In our stripping run we are pulling all the different types of
alcohol out of the water and collecting them into low wines. In the finishing
run we are heating up and distilling slower because we are separating out the
different types of alcohol into the high wines. In the fermentation process we
create 14 different types of alcohol. Our goal as distillers is to separate the
non-desirable alcohols from Ethanol, which is what we end up consuming.

In the
finishing run the cuts are named the Heads, Hearts and Tails. Making the cuts,
for us as craft distillers, really defines the end quality of our product and
are where our craft comes into play. The heads portions of our distillate are
alcohols that we don’t want to be consuming; alcohols included in the heads cut
are methanol, acetone and ethyl acetate. We make these cuts with a few
different variables in mind – the temperature that we are distilling at is the
first indicator but then we move on to our senses; the smell, taste and feel of
the distillate really determine where we make our cuts. Once we decide we have
pulled out the heads we switch into the hearts portion of our run. At this point we let the still run to collect
the product that goes into our bottles. Once we have collected all of our
hearts cut we roll into our tails cut. We collect the tails, which are the
later burning alcohols, because we reintroduce them into our next finishing run
to keep consistence between the products.

One of the
main factors that differentiate our products from others is where we make these
cuts. Some say these cuts are where the true craft comes into distilling. As
craftsmen we watch this cut on every single run that we do to make sure that we
are collecting the most pure product we can. We hope that you can see that consistency
and quality in each one of our products.

Enjoy neat or in a craft cocktail!

- Mark

It’s Science