Yes. Our Cooper’s Select and Cooper’s Reserve barrels offer the option to have your custom logo laser branded in the center of the barrel head. Specifications: black & white vector files (AI, EPS, PDF). Scanned images are not acceptable. Send image to your account manager.
For our American oak, we source from the Midwest, with the primary source in the Ozarks. Our French oak comes from all of the major forests in France that provide cooperage oak, which include the Vosges, Allier, Nevers, and Tronçais. Following careful selection, the oak is processed into staves at one of our state-of-the art mills in the U.S. and France.
We recommend the Cooper’s Reserve barrel for aging beer. The characteristics resulting from the toasting process, as opposed to charring, are better suited for beer. We recommend a medium plus or heavy toast for this barrel.
There is no perfect answer as it depends on the style of spirit you are making, the maturation time, and the aging conditions. Typically, toasted barrels and/or lighter charred barrels are used for producing spirits with more fruit esters and spice notes. Heavier charred barrels are used to extract more vanilla flavors and color into the spirit.