Copperwing Distillery

Location

6409 Cambridge St
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Hours

Wed – Thurs: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact

612-293-6157

A Distillery Built on Friendship

Copperwing Distillery is the story of three friends who come from the fields of engineering, medicine, and law. In 2014, Chris and Brian, who were former neighbors and fast friends, got to talking one night over cocktails and realized that they could open their own micro-distillery. A short while later, Chris recruited Kyle, a former colleague and home brew hobbyist, to join the endeavor and Copperwing Distillery was born. Research and investments ensued. The guys found a warehouse space in St. Louis Park and set to work pursuing licenses, designing and building stills, and developing recipes for spirits.

The original goal was to make product for distribution, but it didn’t take long for sights to be set on something bigger. Focus shifted to creating a cocktail room, something that hadn’t been done before in St. Louis Park. Chris, Brian, and Kyle worked closely with the St. Louis Park mayor and city council to get zoning and licensing approval. They began construction and invested in industrial stills. In March of 2017, Copperwing opened its doors to the public.

Features & Amenities

Copperwing Sign
busy cocktail room
empty bar with the word Copperwing across it

Distillery & Cocktail Room

Located in St. Louis Park’s unofficial “Distillery District,” Copperwing Distillery crafts artisanal spirits, including gin, vodka, fresas, bourbon, and their signature creation – vodskey®.  Vodskey® is made from Copperwing’s bourbon mash, but distilled like vodka, creating a clear, strong spirit with more flavor and character than traditional vodka.

A forty-person cocktail room offers the perfect intimate setting for enjoying a craft cocktail. Watch as Copperwing’s mixologists shake, stir, build, strain, smoke, froth spray and garnish each cocktail to create the perfect flavor profile. Not sure what to try? They’re happy to help you find something that suits your tastes.

In summer, enjoy a drink on their tent-covered patio.

three bottles of Copperwing spirits

The Spirits

Vodskey – Copperwing’s signature creation. A clear spirit with more flavor and character than vodka, retaining the fresh grain sweetness and flavors of the bourbon mash from which it is distilled. 80 proof.
Gin – Precision crafted using a select blend of flavorful botanicals, with an intense citrus character with sweet floral and subtle juniper notes. 94 proof.
Vodka – A clean and crisp neutral vodka distilled primarily from corn. Polished with activated charcoal to make it silky smooth and never chill-filtered. 80 proof.
Bourbon Whiskey – This small batch, blended straight bourbon spent over 3.5 years aging in new American white oak barrels. It utilizes a high-rye mash bill, which adds a subtle spicy character. 90 proof.
Fresas – A combination of Copperwing’s original Gin with real strawberries and a touch of sweetness. Enjoy over ice, in your favorite cocktail or with tonic. 70 proof.
Fernet Ramé – A bitter-sweet Amaro-style herbal liqueur with flavorings of spearmint, anise, orange, sage, chamomile and 11 more botanicals. 80 proof.

blueberry bourbon cooler
the brown derby
the staycation cocktail

Cocktails to Go

Each week, Copperwing creates several unique cocktail kits that can be picked up at the distillery and made at home. Each kit, which makes at least 6 drinks, includes a bottle of spirits, garnishes, mixes and a printed recipe. They’ll even sell you ice! They’ve also created a line of ready-to-drink cocktails under the label Copperwing House Calls. The series includes an Old Fashioned, a Barreled Negroni and The Wilderness Downtown, a drink comprised of Copperwing’s Straight Blended Bourbon, Fernet Ramé and real maple syrup. Kits, which include perishables, can be ordered online for pickup at the distillery. Bottles are available for pickup or shipping.

Copperwing is open for bottle pickup Mon – Wed 10 am – 5pm, Thurs & Fri 10 am – 10 pm, and Sat 5 pm – 10 pm.

Awards

Copperwing has been making a name for itself!

  • 2021 ACSA Judging of Craft Spirits – Best in Show RTD & Silver Medal, Wilderness Downtown
  • 2021 ACSA Judging of Craft Spirits – Bronze Medal, Barreled Negroni
  • 2021 ACSA Judging of Craft Spirits – Bronze Medal, Old Fashioned
  • 2020 American Distilling Institute (ADI) Judging of Craft Spirits – Gold Medal, Fresas
  • 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – Bronze Medal, Vodksey
  • 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – Bronze Medal, Gin
  • 2019 Heartland Whiskey Competition – Bronze Medal, Blended Straight Bourbon

Tours

Copperwing offers tours of its production facility by appointment only (info@copperwingdistillery). Tours include a detailed walkthrough of the distillation process, spirit tasting, and a take-home sipping glass.

Man playing a unique guitar

Live Music

On select nights throughout the year, enjoy live local music. Drop in anytime – there’s never a cover charge.

Event Space

The entire distillery is available to rent for private parties, client appreciation events, fundraisers, and more. Contact info@copperwingdistillery to inquire about hosting your next event with them.