for the
pure joy
of creating
something
special and
sharing it.

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.

NOSE
Rye spice with subtle fruit notes of raisins and pear. Butter, spice, caramel and yellow cake.
PALATE
Brown sugar, smoke, rye spice, dark fruit, with  mint, anise, tobacco and sandalwood flavors.
FINISH
Toffee, caramel apple, black pepper, vanilla, raisins, spicy, oak, smooth, soft, mellow.

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.

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.
~ Aged slowly ~
RAISED 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.

PROPERLY AGED
The single most important ingredient in whiskey making is TIME. You just can't cheat it, rush it or talk your way around it. Our three & five year old whiskeys are aged the right way–slowly & patiently. True complexity can only be developed over the course of many long years & you can't craft whiskey by taking shortcuts.
TEXAS CLIMATE
Our corner of Central Texas has a humid subtropic climate, characterized by hot summers & mild winter days. Fayette County receives about 222 days of sunshine per year. It ain't easy aging whiskey in the extreme Texas climate, but if you know what you're doing, it’s about as perfect a place for aging whiskey as you'll find on Earth.
NEVER FILTERED
You may notice a bit of sediment or a slight haze in your bottle, these are signs that the rich aromas and complex flavors of our whiskey are preserved. Filtering the very flavors we’ve worked so hard to craft would be silly, especially for purely cosmetic reasons. Just give the bottle a shake and the cloudiness should disappear.
THE SMALLEST MOM & POP WHISKEY COMPANY IN TEXAS
Troy and Michelle Kooper, the only two employees at Kooper Family Whiskey Co. (Photo: Melanie Grizzel)
~ FAMILY OWNED ~

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.

Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition.
But for the pure joy of creating something special and sharing it.
~ OUR STORY ~
WHAT WE BELIEVE

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.

“Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
– Emerson
Grandpa Howard honored by Bing Crosby after winning the 1944 Armed Services Light-Heavyweight Championship.
~ WHERE TO BUY ~
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TASTING ROOM
Come out and see us at our tasting room in Ledbetter, Texas. Just a quick drive from Austin, Houston, College Station and everywhere in between. We offer a Rye Whiskey flight with our three distinct Rye Whiskies, two of which are only available at our tasting room. Visitors can also choose to order a single pour of any of our three current offerings.
KOOPER FAMILY
WHISKEY CO.
DSP-TX-20041
TASTING ROOM
100 WEST U.S. 290
LEDBETTER TX 78946
HOURS
THURSDAY 4PM-7PM
FRI-SAT 2PM-7PM
CONTACT
(979) 249-5535
EMAIL US
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