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~ THE RYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU ~
KOOPER FAMILY RYE
Kooper Family Rye is a single-grain, American whiskey, barreled, aged and blended in the warm winds of Dripping Springs, Texas. Our whiskey is mashed from 100% organic rye grain, making for a bolder, spicier whiskey with defined cinnamon, fruit and grassy notes, crafted to bring the grain forward to balance with smoky oak, maple, and vanilla flavors from the barrel.

Before entering the barrel, our whiskey is carefully proofed with pure limestone filtered spring water from Travis County and slowly aged in the brash Central Texas climate; a moody, powerful and prolific climate, perfectly suited for aging whiskey.

All material used to craft Kooper Family Rye are sustainably grown. No artificial flavors or coloring are used and Kooper Family Rye is non-filtered; the way Rye Whiskey was traditionally made for hundreds of years in this country.
NOSE:
Sweet maple with subtle fruit notes of raisins and pears. Butter, spice and yellow cake.


PALATE:
Spicy grain, smoke, with some cinnamon, pear, anise, and tobacco flavors.


FINISH:
Rye and spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper. With a pleasant spicy aftertaste.
~ SOURCE ~
Without the ability to build a full-scale distillery, we decided to travel the same path that Pappy Van Winkle, WhistlePig, High West and countless other amazing whiskeys chose to launch their brands; by partnering with an established distillery for some of our production needs. While many sourced whiskeys are finished products from large factories that simply need to be bottled, we source unaged distillate from Koval; the world-renowned micro-distillery where we trained. This distillate is cut deep to eliminate every trace of the “heads” and “tails” traditionally used in mass production whiskey making. We bring the clean cut distillate home where we barrel and age it to perfection under the blue skies of Texas.

While many whiskey producers get their start by launching unaged products like Vodka or Gin to fund their whiskey operations, we defiantly chose this path instead. This is a temporary but necessary strategy that will put us into position to build out a full-scale grain-to-bottle facility as soon as we can.
~ KOOPER FAMILY ALCHEMY ~
ORGANIC RYE GRAIN ~ Kooper Family's Alchemy begins in the rye fields of Kansas, 162 miles from the Texas border. Not far at all from what used to be Texas in the days of the Republic. This grain is 100% sustainably grown, non-GMO, and organic.

DISTILLATE ~ The new make whiskey that goes into Kooper Family barrels isn’t born in any factory or mass production line. We’ve carefully selected the finest unaged rye distillate in the country to start our process with; one thoughtfully prepared at a world-class micro-distillery. By taking extremely deep cuts, it’s purposely crafted to evolve into premium Rye Whiskey through our explicit care and a whole lot of Texas love.

WHITE OAK ~ The Oak we use for our barrels is sustainably sourced, tight-grained American White Oak, mostly from Northern Missouri. Before becoming a Kooper Family barrel, the oak staves will sit outdoors to air dry for at least two years. The snow, rain, hail, humidity and scorching sun all take turns stripping it of off-flavors.

BARRELS ~ We age Kooper Family Rye in premium white oak quarter casks made by The Barrel Mill; a cooperage with over 100 years of lumber experience. Each barrel is made with full one-inch thick staves that get a lovely #3 Alligator char. The heads are then sealed with organic beeswax.

WATER ~ Before barreling our new make whiskey, we proof it with limestone-filtered water from Ardrey Springs, in Travis County. This spring flows with crystal clear water from the Edwards Aquifer, one of the most fertile artesian aquifers in the world. Filtered by the bedrock limestones of the Edwards Plateau, the natural minerals in the water help our whiskey develop its smooth taste and rich flavor profile.

CLIMATE ~ The Hill Country has a semi-arid climate, characterized by hot summers and mild winter days. That’s about as perfect a climate as there is for aging Rye Whiskey. Dripping Springs receives about 220 days of bright sunshine per year. That’s a lot of time for our whiskey to expand into the charred staves, drawing out the sweet vanillin and buttery oak flavors.
~ RYE TAUGHT BOURBON EVERYTHING IT KNOWS ~
RYE OR DIE
To us, the invention of Rye Whiskey is one of the greatest things that ever happened. In our opinion, it’s the finest expression of whiskey to have ever come out of a barrel.

Rye Whiskey is the spicy fire that this country was founded on. Long before the Kentucky barons began bottling Bourbon, rye was warming American tongues and winning American hearts.

Rye Whiskey is the liquor of defiance and American independence and our love for it is as strong today as it was for the brave folks who pioneered this nation almost 250 years ago. That’s why Kooper Family Rye is the only product we make. We simply do not believe in making products that we don’t have a burning, unquenchable passion for.

We craft our Family Rye to pack a powerful, spicy punch; one that only rye grain can produce. We don’t add a lick of corn, wheat or barley to our recipe. Only 100% organic rye grain is used to make Kooper Family Rye. We want our whiskey to flex its peppery muscles, not hide them.

One product, one grain, Rye or Die!
~ THE KFWCO. STORY ~
The Kooper Family Whiskey Company, was founded in 2012 by Troy and Michelle Kooper, of East Austin, Texas. The two have worked tirelessly for many years milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and learning the secret science of turning rye grain into the finest spirit America has ever known.

They traveled all over America visiting distilleries, talking to distillers and learning everything they could about making Rye Whiskey. They've consulted and trained with some of the best minds in American craft distilling.

They've taken all of that learning and training, and mixed it with painstaking work and a lot of fight to found the Kooper Family Whiskey Company. Troy and Michelle both come from proud boxing families. Troy’s grandfather, Howard W. Pardekooper, was the U.S. Armed Forces Light Heavyweight Champion in 1944. Michelle’s cousin, Carlos Palomino, was the WBC Welterweight Champion of the World from 1976-1979.

That same fighting spirit is in the Kooper Family's blood and they’ve been fighting non-stop for three years to realize their dream of releasing Kooper Family Rye.

You may run into the Koopers out and about in Austin or Dripping Springs; if you see them, say hi, and if they look a little tired, that's cause they've been working their asses off, happily making Rye Whiskey for y'all.
~ FIND US ~
WHERE TO BUY
AUSTIN:

All American Liquors

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Austin Shaker

Austin Wine Merchant

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Chris's Liquor

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Far West Liquor

Hillside Liquor

J&J Spirits

King Liquor

Northwest Hills Liquor

South Lamar Wine & Spirits

Spec's Wine Spirits and Finer Foods

Steve's Liquor & Fine Wines

Travis Heights Beverage World

Triangle Spirits

Twin Liquor Marketplace

Twin Liquor

Urban Wine + Liquor

Vom Fass

Warehouse Liquors

Wiggy's

BEE CAVE:

Spec's Wine Spirits and Finer Foods

Twins Liquor

CEDAR PARK:

Twins Liquors

DALLAS:

Goody Goody Liquor

Pogo's Wine & Spirits

DRIPPING SPRINGS:

Twin Liquor

HARKER HEIGHTS:

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KILLEEN:

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LAKEWAY:

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NEW BRAUNFELS:

Schnaps Haus

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ROUND ROCK:

Spec's Wine Spirits and Finer Foods

SAN ANTONIO:

Gabriel's Liquor

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Twin Liquor

SAN MARCOS:

Twin Liquor

TEMPLE:

Twins Liquor

VICTORIA:

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WACO:

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IT'S TOO HOT OUTSIDE
We'll see y'all in the fall when it cools down.
CONTACT
KOOPER FAMILY WHISKEY CO.
31560 Ranch Roach 12 #211
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

info@kooperfamily.com
(512) 934-7685