Whiskey 101, June 20th 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Copper Run, a premier distillery continually on the rise in our ever growing city of Springfield, Mo., is constantly surprising us with their wonderful line of spirits, and laying the ground work for other small distilleries to follow in their footsteps. Patton Alley had the opportunity to team up with this great establishment to bring our patrons the best of the best in a one-night event with Whiskey 101! What does that mean, you ask? Well, Copper Run’s finest will be gracing our stage with their spirits for a night of fantastic drinks, a mixology demonstration, hors d’oeuvres, and an experience you won’t forget.
What is Copper Run All About?
Jim Blansit, Copper Run Distillery’s owner, is a charismatic, fun guy who has always had a passion for creating great spirits. He began as a hobby in the early 90’s distilling on his own time and serving his creations up to his friends and family in San Diego, CA. He started noticing the new found popularity of microbreweries, as they began to spring up all over the country, so he decided to try his hand at brewing beer. He landed a job at a local brewery in San Diego at 20 years old, deciding to perfect his craft, “To make good whiskey, you need to know how to make good beer. All that knowledge in beer brewing helped with the basics of distilling whiskey.” He knew he had the coolest hobby, ever and wanted to be the best. “Back in those days, there was no school to learn how to make moonshine, if your grandpa didn’t teach you, you were teaching yourself.” Needless to say, he had a lot of fun… I mean, a lot! Though he learned some cool techniques, he wanted a change of scenery and to see what else he could learn from the brewing process, so he moved to good ‘ole Spring-town and began working for a brewery here.
In February 2009, Jim Blansit’s destiny would stay quiet no more. He applied for licensing, got it, and opened Copper Run Distillery. “Because we have been selling our spirits so quickly, we have been limited to young whiskey…” Don’t worry though, as I said before, their spirits are second to none.
What Does the Future Hold?
They can’t seem to keep their product on the shelves, but that isn’t stopping them! They are pioneers in the spirit industry, and wouldn’t dream of strictly sticking to distribution. Every Friday and Saturday night they host a party on their front porch with live music and great beverages. But, it’s simply not enough! They are expanding their prowess by building a large outdoor music venue and landscaping the property to match their larger-than-life imagination.
Not only are they finished with strictly providing young whiskey, they are expanding their indoor facility so that they can fill barrels full of whiskey, forget about them, and allow the aging process to do its job. Yet again, that’s not all! “This winter we will see and expansion in the indoor area as well, so we can enjoy music, cocktails, and comradery.”
When I asked Jim what his favorite thing was about owning his own distillery, he simply stated, “Small batch production, we make one barrel at a time and this allows for unlimited creativity.”
Thanks Jim for your desire to bring us the best there is!
What Does Patton Have to Do With It?
Patton Alley Pub has been working with Copper Run Distillery for some time now, basking in the brilliance that is Copper Run’s spirits. We saw just how fantastic they were and still are, and jumped at the chance to carry their product. Yes, we will always have their spirits in-house! We love working with local establishments- it’s kind of our thing. We have always found great interest in supporting local business and don’t intend to stop. We especially love working with businesses who want nothing more than to grow and expand their creativity, just as we always want to do. Patton Alley Pub has been a premier establishment for those beverages you can’t find anywhere else, and we want to provide an atmosphere of comradery with our fellow partners.
Find how you can become part of this one-time experience by purchasing your tickets here, https://pattonalleypub.safechkout.net/copperrunmixology
Can’t wait to see you all there!