Learn how to make the Copper Blossom – the official cocktail of Tulip Time along with Fox 17

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Coppercraft Distillery Showcases Official Tulip Time Spirit with Copper Trail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Coppercraft Distillery Showcases Official Tulip Time Spirit with Copper Trail

HOLLAND, Mich., April 25, 2016 — Coppercraft Distillery, an artisan spirits distiller located in Holland, Mich., is the Official Spirit of the Tulip Time Festival for three consecutive years. Each year, the distillery crafts an exclusive Tulip Time Signature Cocktail utilizing one of its many award-winning spirits. The Copper Blossom, the 2016 Tulip Time Signature Cocktail, showcases Coppercraft’s Rum, which recently won a bronze medal at the 2016 American Distiller’s Institute (ADI) awards in San Diego.

The 2016 Copper Blossom will be the first drink to not have a pre-set recipe. Instead, from May 7-31, 13 establishments across Holland and Zeeland will create their own, customized Copper Blossom cocktail, featuring Coppercraft’s Rum, and will be featured on a newly formed Copper Trail.

Each participating establishment on the Copper Trail will customize their Copper Blossom recipe with fresh, premium ingredients, allowing them to serve Coppercraft’s Rum in a way that best pairs with their food and atmosphere.

“We created the Copper Trail for this year’s Tulip Time Festival to involve and engage our community and our out-of-town guests,” said Kim Catton, Coppercraft co-founder and sales director. “It not only demonstrates the various ways Coppercraft’s Rum can be served, but also gives our partners a chance to showcase their mixology talents.”

Partnering establishments, Holland Area Visitors Bureau and the Tulip Time Office will have Copper Trail Cards that list participating venues and a 5-star system, allowing customers to rate each version of the cocktail. After visiting a minimum of three establishments during May 7-31, guests can return their Trail Card to Coppercraft Distillery for a free 2oz stainless steel flask and enter to win a $75 gift basket filled a Coppercraft gift card and swag.

Participating venues include:

  • 8th Street Grille
  • AlpenRose Restaurant & Cafe
  • Big E’s Sports Grill
  • Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant
  • Butch’s Dry Dock
  • CitySen Lounge
  • Crazy Horse Steak House
  • The Curragh
  • Hops at 84 East
  • Park Theatre
  • Salt & Pepper Savory Grill and Pub
  • Sharkee’s Bar & Grill
  • Tripelroot

Coppercraft’s Rum, made from locally sourced molasses and evaporated cane juice, features apple and pear notes with a trace of vanilla and caramel. The Official Tulip Time Copper Blossom Cocktail is made from 2 ounces of Coppercraft Rum, 1.5 ounces of fresh-squeezed orange juice, 3/4 ounce of falernum, two dashes of house bitters and topped with ginger beer.

In addition to the bronze medal from ADI, Coppercraft’s Rum also recently won a bronze medal from the American Craft Spirits Association and a silver medal at the Denver International Spirits Show. Coppercraft has won a number of other recent awards including the Gold and Best in Category awards from ADI for it’s Cask Strength Bourbon. 

About Coppercraft Distillery:

Coppercraft Distillery is an artisan spirits distiller located in Holland, Michigan. Founded in 2012, Coppercraft creates premium, small-batch spirits by hand using local ingredients. Coppercraft spirits – rum, gin, vodka, citrus vodka, whiskey, bourbon – can be found throughout Michigan, Illinois and Colorado.

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Tulip Time official cocktail to be different at each venue

By Justine. McGuire

Holland, Mich.

The Tulip Time signature spirit and cocktail experience will get a boost this year.

Coppercraft Distillery in Holland Township is providing the signature cocktail — Copper Blossom — and the signature spirit — Coppercraft Rum.

This is the third year that Coppercraft has provided the spirit and cocktail, but the first that there will be a Copper Trail for connoisseurs to follow.

“The Copper Trail concept is a great way to entice festival guests to visit several businesses while in Holland,” said Gwen Auwerda, Tulip Time executive director.

The trail will end at Coppercraft Distillery at 184 120th Ave., where they can see the distilling process and try Coppercraft’s version of the Copper Blossom.

The distillery’s Copper Blossom — which debuted at First Bloom in February — features 2 ounces of Coppercraft Rum, 1.5 ounces of orange juice, three-quarters of an ounce of falernum and two dashes of house bitters, with an orange spiral garnish.

“It’s not dissimilar to a bourbon trail or a beer trail,” said Kim Catton, Coppercraft co-founder and sale director. “Boatwerks will be different from Butch’s and different from the Curragh.”

Allowing each participating bar and restaurant to create their own Copper Blossom, inspired by copper blossom tulips, will allow them to showcase their talents and ensure the drink pairs well with their food, atmosphere and clientele, Catton said.

All Copper Blossom variations will use Coppercraft Rum, which features locally sourced molasses and evaporated cane juice, along with apple and pear flavors.

Each participating venue will have trail passports, which will allow customers to check off each venue and rate their cocktail creation. When the passport is filled, it can be turned in at Coppercraft Distillery to receive a flask and an entry into a contest to win a gift basket.

So far, participating restaurants include Boatwerks, Butch’s, City Vu, Hops 84 East, Salt and Pepper, The Curragh and Tripleroot, Catton said.

“Walter (Catton, co-founder and distiller) and I chose to make Holland our community of choice, choosing to live here, raise children here, be involved in the community here, and not just from a personal perspective, but from a business perspective,” Kim Catton said. “Being part of the community is extremely important to us. … It’s a natural fit for us to be part of Tulip Time and investing in our community. Without our community, Coppercraft wouldn’t be who we are.”

The official beer, spirit and wine allow businesses to be more involved in Tulip Time, and creates a fun experience for visitors, Auwerda said. And, the benefits are spread around when the beverages are made available at multiple bars and restaurants throughout the Holland area.

The official beer of Tulip Time 2016 is The Hollander from New Holland Brewing. The official wine is Barefoot.

Food at Coppercraft

Coppercraft co-founders Kim and Walter Catton have plans to expand the distillery building and bar in Holland Township.

The expansion would add barrel storage and a kitchen. Those changes would allow for more seating in the bar area.

Originally, the Cattons hoped to finish the expansion and have the kitchen up and running for Tulip Time, but that is no longer within reach, Kim Catton said.

Construction work has not begun, she added.

However, the Cattons have been working to secure approvals from Holland Township to go ahead with the project.

Kim Catton said everything takes a little longer when alcohol is involved.

“We did hire a chef out of Chicago, who’s starting with us next week,” she said.

Chef Kelsey Winter-Troutwine is a West Michigan native who has worked at several Chicago restaurants.

When the chef begins work, Coppercraft leadership will look at catered or pre-packaged food options that could fill the food void until the kitchen is complete, Kim Catton added.

— Follow this reporter on Twitter @SentinelJustine and @BizHolland.

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Coppercraft Focuses on Grain-to-Glass

HOLLAND — The way Coppercraft Distillery owners run their business is creative, memorable, but most importantly, local.

Local means a farmer drives his tractor about 10 miles down the road and drops off a huge trailer of corn to produce their spirits.

Local means in-house mixologist Jenney Grant is a regular visitor to the Holland Farmer’s Market, methodically selecting the freshest ingredients possible for her inspired cocktails featured in the Coppercraft tasting room.

Local means the distillery collaborates with nearby breweries such as Our Brewing Company to ensure they have the barrels they need for aged beers.

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A legal move has created a new drinking destination.

Michigan’s Lawmakers Got Boozy and a Drinking Destination Was Born

A legal move has created a new drinking destination.


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It may be a mixed blessing, but Michigan, the state that churns out sedans and pickups, has begun to churn out a great deal of booze. Blame it on Detroit’s economic woes if you will, but America’s oven mitt has more licensed distilleries (33) than any state not named New York (43), California (44) or Washington (53). The number is growing rapidly, and with good reason: In 2008, state legislators lowered the fee for small distillers and legalization distillation of non-fruit based products. Hello whiskey. Hello vodka.

“This new law is the main reason so many craft distilleries have been formed in Michigan in recent years,” says Coppercraft Distillery founder Mark Fellwock. “Michigan is rich in agriculture supply and the products that we are producing are industry leading.”

One of the unique aspects of distilling in Michigan is that the license allows distillers to sell the products they make right on the premises. For entrepreneurs like Fellwock, of who works out of Holland, Michigan, that means making tourist bucks on top of their booze business, which significantly changes the bottom line – especially when visitors go heavy on the cocktails made on site using the diverse liquors coming off the line. “We are currently making all of our own vermouths, triple secs, ginger beers, bitters and many other products,” Fellwock points out. The brand doesn’t avoid fruit – Applejack is a mainstay – but it’s branching out aggressively.

“Currently, we have right around 250 barrels of bourbon aging, which we will release this upcoming summer after two years in a 53 gallon barrel.” Coppercraft’s Bourbon uses 95% locally grown grains and will soon shifting be to 100%. The brand is also working on a gin, a rum, and multiple vodkas.

The legal change won’t overhaul the local booze scene overnight, but it has already made the state a better destination for discerning drinkers. Skip wine country and head north this winter. They’ve devised a way to stay warm.



In Season

Really make Thanksgiving traditional with the George Washington beverage of choice: Applejack.

The apple brandy, just released by Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery, which harkens back to Colonial times, is described as featuring 32 varieties of Michigan apples in the fermentation. The apples actually come from Fennville’s Virtue Cider. It leads with an aroma of crisp apple followed by sweet notes of vanilla and butterscotch. In the flavors, you’ll taste fresh fruit, vanilla and toffee finishing with a slight spice.

Give it a whirl with the Applejack Sidecar:

1 ½ ounces Coppercraft Applejack

1 ¼ ounces Triple Sec

1 ¼ ounces of lemon juice

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Strain into glass. Garnish with apple slice and ground cinnamon.

For more cocktail recipes, sign up for Coppercraft Night School’s Holiday Cocktails & Punches Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.coppercraftdistillery.com. Coppercraft Applejack is available at retailers of fine spirits and at bars and restaurants in Michigan and Chicago.

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Coppercraft Distillery Dunegrass

Pint pick: Dunegrass a citrusy punch of flavor

Holland, Mich. – Coppercraft Distillery’s Dunegrass offers pop of flavor.

Name: Dunegrass Type: Citrus vodka cocktail Brewing Co.: Coppercraft Distillery, 184 120th Ave., Holland Available at: Coppercraft Distillery

In a town where local microbreweries are cropping up fast, Coppercraft Distillery is forging its own path with its premium spirits. Currently, Coppercraft offers rum, gin, vodka and citrus vodka; it also distills many varieties of whiskey, with a focus on bourbon.

Being new to the homemade spirits scene, I asked for a recommendation from the bartender, who immediately suggested the Dunegrass, which features Coppercraft’s Citrus Vodka. Described as an “incredibly refreshing cocktail that goes down easy,” this drink was a hit.

The vodka is infused with oranges, lemons and grapefruit, resulting in a bright, smooth flavor. The balanced citrus blend leaves you with a warm finishing zest and completely refreshed palate.

How to make the Dunegrass:
2 ounces Coppercraft Citrus Vodka
3/4 ounces of lemongrass simple syrup
1/2 ounce of lemon juice
1/2 thick slice of orange

Muddle orange in small cocktail shaker. Add rest of ingredients. Shake with ice. Fine strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

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Holland hosts a celebration of local food

default10653645_809022955804256_5891071994188741301_nHOLLAND, Mich. — Coppercraft Distillery in Holland knows the importance of our West Michigan farmers. They decided to team up with Local First to bring the first annual, Gather: A Celebration of Local Food.

Farmers, chefs, and bartenders all met at Coppercraft Distillery to share some delicious Michigan grown food and cocktail pairings. All food was grown in Michigan, including the liquor used in the cocktails.

The event’s goal was to bring awareness too the farmers who are here in West Michigan growing our food and to spotlight local chefs. The hope is to continue this event on a yearly basis.

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A Tasting with Coppercraft Distillery

DSC_7885I love it when I am able to visit the tasting room of a winery or a distillery, especially when it is a smaller operation and you can talk to the people who are making the product. Not only do you get more insight into what they’re making, but you also get a sense of the passion and care that goes into it. I always try to visit tasting rooms when I’m traveling, and occasionally have the opportunity to virtually visit one when I’m not able to be there in person. This was the case withCoppercraft Distillery, a small production distillery located in Holland, Michigan. I recently had the pleasure of tasting the current lineup from this young company and was able to do it remotely with the help of their GM, Jenney Grant, who gave me the full tasting room experience via phone as I tasted.

The team at Coppercraft is small and passionate, and you can tell that as soon as you start talking to them about their spirits. Their goal is to produce delicious, drinkable spirits using local ingredients. So, for instance, all of their grains they use are sourced within about 10 miles of the distillery. As a small distillery run by a small group, they have the opportunity to experiment and play with flavors to produce spirits that are excellent on their own and great in a cocktail.

Coppercraft Gin – This gin is a very modern, dry gin made with a blend in 13 different botanicals. It is crisp and refreshing, with a strong presence of citrusy lemongrass and coriander in the body and a hint of spice from cinnamon and nutmeg in the aftertaste.

Coppercraft Rum – Rum is a spirit that I often think is under-appreciated, but no one could take Coppercraft’s white rum for granted. The rum is made with 80% molasses and 20% cane juice, and it has a complex sweetness with a strong molasses flavor and spice, The finish has a clean grassy note that is similar to the flavor of a rhum agricole. An aged version of this rum is in barrels now and I can’t wait to taste that one. (Recipe: Grass Skirt)

Coppercraft Vodka – This is an exceptionally smooth vodka that really stands on its own. It has an unusually complex flavor profile that that is reminiscent of gin, with notes of cucumber, anise, mint and pepper. It also has a fantastic texture that leaves you with a slow, sweet finish. (Recipe:Vodka Old Fashioned)

Coppercraft Citrus Vodka – Citrus vodka isn’t usually my favorite spirit, but I was very impressed with the amount of flavor in this bottle. It is loaded with so much citrus flavor that it almost tastes like a limoncello. The vodka is steeped in lemons, oranges and grapefruits and simply filtered, not redistilled, so it retains all the intensity of the citrus along with the smoothness of the base spirit.

Coppercraft Applejack – This applejack is made with locally-produced Virtue Cider and is aged in used bourbon barrels for 6-9 months before bottling. It has a very fresh, sweet-tart apple flavor with a hint of oak, and one taste makes you think of the fall apple baking season.

It was very exciting to get to taste Coppercraft’s whiskey selections, which were just released a few weeks ago. These initial launches are extremely small batch whiskeys, with less than 1000 375 ml bottles available, and they are the first aged spirits from Coppercraft. They still have plenty in barrels that is yet to be released, and their first bourbon release is on the horizon. If these are any indication, I can’t wait to see them.

Coppercraft 100% Corn Whiskey – Distilleries typically release their high corn whiskeys unaged or wait for them to become bourbon, but I am very glad that this lightly aged corn whiskey is available because it has a very complex flavor all on its own. It smells of fresh sweet corn and spice, but has a bold combination of pepper, oak and caramel corn on the palate that makes it a lot of fun to drink.

Coppercraft Rye Whiskey – This rye is made with 75% locally grown rye. You’ll pick up leather, dried fruit and honey in the nose, and taste a blend of sharp pepper and bittersweet cocoa, with a hint of sweetness that lingers on the finish. It is well-balanced and easy to drink.

Coppercraft High Wheat Whiskey – The high wheat whiskey is produced using locally grown Michigan red wheat. It has a distinct scent of honey, almonds and malty pancakes. You pick up more of the malt in the body of the whiskey, along with flavors of bread and toffee.

For now, the best place to get Coppercraft is at the tasting room at their distillery, but it is also being served at local bars and restaurants in Michigan and in Chicago. Hopefully, as their production increases, you’ll be able to order directly from them or – better yet – find them in your local spirit retailers.

For now, the best place to get Coppercraft is at the tasting room at their distillery, but it is also being served at local bars and restaurants in Michigan and in Chicago. Hopefully, as their production increases, you’ll be able to order directly from them or – better yet – find them in your local spirit retailers.

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Vodka Awarded Golded Medal by TheFiftyBest.com

defaultdefaultCOP_Vodka_1HOLLAND, Mich. (July 7, 2014) – Coppercraft Distillery, a Holland-based distiller of quality spirits with a focus on local ingredients and production, was recently awarded a gold medal for its vodka by TheFiftyBest.com. TheFiftyBest.com hosted a domestic vodka tasting, where 45 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished “Best Domestic Vodka” awards for 2014.

“We are very honored for our vodka to receive a gold medal from TheFiftyBest.com,” said Owner and Co-Founder Walter Catton. “Perfecting the flavor of the vodka was the most time consuming process of any of our spirits to ensure a smooth, clean tasting vodka that can stand on its own. This evaluation reaffirms our belief that this is a world-class product.”

Using professional criteria, a pre-qualified panel of judges blind-tasted the vodkas and rated them individually on a 1-5 point scoring system, with 5 being the best. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges’ impressions. The complete ranking results, along with tasting notes, can be viewed here: www.thefiftybest.com/spirits/domestic_vodka/

The 9,000-square-foot distillery and 50-seat tasting room were opened in November at 184 120th Ave. in Holland, MI. Visitors are invited to sample the products as well as enjoy a hand created cocktail showcasing Coppercraft’s spirits paired with freshly squeezed juices and other ingredients, many of which are made in house. In addition to the current spirits offerings of gin, rum, vodka and citrus flavored vodka, Coppercraft Distillery is also producing and aging bourbons, whiskies and brandies that are set for release later this year.

For more information, visit www.coppercraftdistillery.com.

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