For over 100 years, Vendome Copper and Brass Works has been fabricating and supplying stills, cookers, vats and other metal equipment to distilleries. Vendome was founded in Louisville by W. Elmore Sherman, Sr. and is now overseen by the fourth generation of the Sherman family.
The Bourbon Brotherhood enjoyed a private, behind the scenes tour of Vendome Copper and Brassworks to learn how these craftsmen create functional pieces of distillation artwork. Our tour guide was Shawn Stevens. Shawn has been working in the Sheet Metal Union since 1978, longer than any other Vendome employee. He is passionate about bourbon and has a certification from the Distilled Spirits Epicenter as a Whiskey Ambassador with the Stave and Thief Society. Shawn was recently invited to speak at New Mexico State University in both a classroom environment and at a community tasting.
After looking at all the distillery equipment, we were thirsty and hungry, so we adjourned to a speakeasy to satisfy both. Behind Butchertown Grocery is a little stairway that leads upstairs to Lola's Lounge. The Brotherhood reserved the entire speakeasy. Appetizers included stuffed mushrooms, pork belly skewers and their special "game changer" charcuterie board with a variety of specialty meats.