Vendome Copper and Brass Works in Louisville is one of the industry's biggest still makers. There is no showroom floor. Every still is custom designed and takes seven to nine months to make, including the polishing that Josh Smith did here. If you want a still, vice-president Mike Sherman said, "First, try to figure out what you want to make, then how much you want to make, then are you going to be in a tourist area?" A standard 250- to 1,000-gallon copper still costs $80,000 to $250,000. Extras and upgrades might bring the price to $600,000. A mirror finish alone adds 30 percent to the price.
Vendome Copper and Brass Works in Louisville is one of the industry's biggest still makers. There is no showroom floor. Every still is custom designed and takes seven to nine months to make, including the polishing that Josh Smith did here. If you want a still, vice-president Mike Sherman said, "First, try to figure out what you want to make, then how much you want to make, then are you going to be in a tourist area?" A standard 250- to 1,000-gallon copper still costs $80,000 to $250,000. Extras and upgrades might bring the price to $600,000. A mirror finish alone adds 30 percent to the price. Herald-Leader
Vendome Copper and Brass Works in Louisville is one of the industry's biggest still makers. There is no showroom floor. Every still is custom designed and takes seven to nine months to make, including the polishing that Josh Smith did here. If you want a still, vice-president Mike Sherman said, "First, try to figure out what you want to make, then how much you want to make, then are you going to be in a tourist area?" A standard 250- to 1,000-gallon copper still costs $80,000 to $250,000. Extras and upgrades might bring the price to $600,000. A mirror finish alone adds 30 percent to the price. Herald-Leader

The Spirit of Kentucky: When distillers need a still, they call Vendome

December 07, 2013 07:41 PM

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