Contact: Christa Graff
Graff Public Relations, LLC.

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APRIL 8–9, 2022

Intimate dinner and cocktail events will support Open for Good campaign

PARK CITY, Utah (March 22, 2022) — The James Beard Foundation selects High West to host two Friends of James Beard Benefit events to support their Open for Good campaign. On Friday, April 9, High West will partner with Louisville-based Copper & Kings, an American brandy distillery influenced by whiskey and music for “A Taste of Kentucky in the West,” a dinner of crafted cocktails, straight pours and inventive cuisine. On Saturday, April 9, High West will host “The Art of Craft,” a special evening featuring finely crafted food, exclusive spirits from the vault, and handcrafted tableside cocktails. The evening will be led by High West Executive Chef Michael Showers, Master Distiller Brendan Coyle, and Beverage Manager Holly Booth.

“It’s an absolute honor to be chosen to host two Friends of James Beard Benefit events by the James Beard Foundation, and we are excited to host our friends at Copper & Kings Distillery Louisville,” said High West Executive Chef Michael Showers. “We look forward to sharing our world-class hospitality with our guests to help support the independent restaurant industry across the country.”

Funds raised for these Friends of James Beard Benefit events will directly support the James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good program. The campaign aims to help independent restaurants survive the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term. Through critical resources, advocacy, and emergency and investment grants, Open for Good aims to help restaurants come back stronger, more equitable, more sustainable, and more resilient.

More details about the two Friends of James Beard dinners can be found below:


A Taste of Kentucky in the West; An Evening with Copper & Kings American Brandy @ High West

April 8, 2022

6:30 p.m. MT

High West Refectory


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An evening featuring Copper & Kings American Brandy. This rustic event will focus on crafted cocktails & straight pours by Distiller Brandon O’Daniel and the inventive cuisine of Chef Josh Lehman. This is an opportunity to experience an amazing spin on American Brandy crafted on the bourbon trail.


The Art of Craft: The Food, Spirits & Cocktails of High West

April 9, 2022

6:30 p.m. MT

High West Refectory | 27649 Old Lincoln Hwy, Wanship, UT


Tickets can be purchased here


This bespoke event will feature High West Executive Chef Michael Showers, Master Distiller Brendan Coyle, and Beverage Manager Holly Booth. The evening will showcase High West’s culinary prowess with finely crafted food, exclusive spirits from the vault, and handcrafted tableside cocktails.

For more information about High West’s Friends of James Beard Benefit events, contact Christa Graff, of Graff Public Relations, LLC, at 435-640-7921 or


About High West

Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, High West's passion is crafting delicious and distinctive whiskeys and helping people appreciate whiskey all in the context of our home, the American West. High West offers an outstanding collection of highly rated whiskeys in finer liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in all 50 U.S. states and internationally.

High West was honored to receive Whisky Advocate’s prestigious Distiller of the Year award in 2016. The ultimate authority on whisky said, "High West delivers innovative and delicious whiskeys, expands the definition of what it is to be a distiller, and pioneered a successful new paradigm for craft distilling."

High West’s must-visit locations include our High West Distillery in Wanship, Utah, a 30,000 square foot world-class distillery and visitor center featuring educational tours and High West’s unique country-western cuisine; and our High West Distillery & Saloon in historic Old Town Park City, the world’s only ski-in gastro distillery that was voted “Best Park City Restaurant” by readers of City Weekly. It has received multiple accolades including earning Best Après Ski Bar in Utah by USA TODAY’s 10Best being named a finalist in the 2020 Park City’s Best Awards for Best Après Ski, a nomination for Best Bar by the James Beard Foundation, and a top-10 ranking on The Daily Meal’s list of 150 Best Bars in America.

About Copper & Kings American Brandy

Copper & Kings is a definitive American brandy influenced by American whiskey and music that uses traditional copper pot-distillation to forge untraditional, non-derivative, craft-distilled, natural American brandies, absinthe, gin and liqueurs that are non-chill filtered with no added sugar, colors, artificial flavors, or synthetic chemicals. Copper & Kings American Brandies are distributed nationwide. The Copper & Kings Rooftop Bar & Restaurant opened in late 2021 and features locally sourced and thoughtfully prepared cuisine and craft cocktails. Copper & Kings has been honored among “The Best of the South” by Garden & Gun and voted as Best Local Distillery in the LEO Weekly Readers’ Choice awards five times. The state-of-the-art Copper & Kings Distillery is located at 1121 E. Washington St. in Butchertown, Louisville. For more information, visit or follow @CopperAndKings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation celebrates and supports the people behind America’s food culture, while pushing for new standards in the restaurant industry to create a future where all have the opportunity to thrive. Established over 30 years ago, the Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives and is committed to supporting a resilient and flourishing industry that honors its diverse communities. By amplifying new voices, celebrating those leading the way, and supporting those on the path to do so, the Foundation is working to create a more equitable and sustainable future—what we call Good Food for Good™. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the James Beard Foundation launched the Open for Good campaign to ensure that independent restaurants not only survive, but that the industry is able to rebuild stronger than before. For more information, subscribe to the digital newsletter Beard Bites and follow @beardfoundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Clubhouse. The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501c(3) organization based in New York City.