Kooper Family Rye is a thoughtfully crafted blend of our five-year-old corn-fed Straight Rye Whiskey & our fiery three-year-old Straight Rye Whiskey, aged slowly & married together in small batches by our small family. These unique Rye Whiskeys undertake a long, gradual journey maturing in the powerful & moody Texas climate before being carefully blended together along with a measure of pure Limestone filtered Texas spring water. This is how we develop Kooper Family Rye’s superior complexity & signature smoothness.
SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO is a limited edition Straight Rye Whiskey distilled from 100% Rye Grain and aged for two years. Barreled by the Kooper Family in Hays County, Texas in 2016, this rye started its slow journey in select oak quarter-cask barrels before being transferred into used eight-year-old Bourbon barrels to finish for twenty leisurely months in the Texas climate. Only forty cases of Sweetheart of the Rodeo Straight Rye Whiskey were bottled, making it one of the rarest whiskies ever produced in Texas.
Working with and understanding the unpredictable Texas climate and its effects on whiskey aging over several years, combined with the sensory and blending skills needed to craft award-winning Rye Whiskey – that’s where the Kooper Family excels. The climate whiskey is aged in is as unique as a human fingerprint and nowhere on Earth can duplicate the aging power and nuance of Central Texas. And the longer you wait for it to mature, the better it gets.
Founded in 2012 by Troy and Michelle Kooper, the Kooper Family Whiskey Company is owned and operated by a small, hardworking Texas family.
There are no venture capital investments, trust funds, oil money or corporate financiers behind the Kooper Family. The company is 100% family funded and is not driven by financial gain, relevancy, or social status, but by our burning passion for crafting the finest premium Rye Whiskey in Texas. When it comes to making Rye Whiskey, the only thing our family cares about, is making Rye Whiskey.
Six years after starting the Kooper Family Whiskey Company there are still only two employees; Troy and Michelle Kooper. Every drop, every barrel, and bottle have gone through the only four hands on the company payroll. Kooper Family Rye’s superior complexity and signature smoothness are the unmistakable result of our family’s resilience and dedication to our craft.
Everything that the Kooper Family Whiskey Company stands for can be traced back to the values and life of one man; Howard W. Paredekooper, our beloved grandfather. Born in 1922 and raised through the great depression, Grandpa grew up to epitomize what it means to be a hardworking, do-it-yourself American.
Grandpa provided for the seven children he raised by either fishing, hunting, or growing the food he put on their plates everyday. His children grew up to understand that if you want something done, you do it yourself and that it's your responsibility to carve the path in life you seek and no one else's.
Grandpa's dedication to family and his relentless belief in himself inspired us to honor him by putting him on our whiskey label as a symbol of our belief in family and self-reliance.
The label depicts him as a young man when he won the U.S. Armed Forces Light Heavyweight Boxing Championship in 1944. At just 22 years old, already a husband and a father, he proved to himself what grit, determination, and a willingness to fight for greatness can achieve. Those values he passed down are the defining principals that guide our family and our relentless dedication to our craft.