coo·​per·​age | \ ˈkü-p(ə-)rij How to pronounce cooperage (audio) , ˈku̇- \

Definition of cooperage

1 : a cooper's work or products
2 : a cooper's place of business

Examples of cooperage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kentucky is known as the home of the bourbon industry, but what Ohio city is home to a cooperage that produced its 1 millionth bourbon barrel in 2020? Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine proposes using stimulus money to repay Ohio’s unemployment loans: Capitol Letter," 9 Apr. 2021 That brewery storage building, which came to include a cooperage for making beer barrels, is today divided into residential lofts. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "In Brooklyn, a Ghost of Breweries Past," 30 Oct. 2020 In 2015, Silver Oak became the first winery in North America to own and operate its own American oak cooperage. Esther Mobley,, "Silver Oak Winery: fancy new digs and a flagship location for Cabernet," 17 Jan. 2018 Established in 1945, the Brown-Forman cooperage employs roughly 200 people. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Brown-Forman Louisville cooperage shut down after 2 employees contract coronavirus," 1 Apr. 2020 Slane gets barrels from a Kentucky cooperage owned by Jack Daniel’s maker Brown-Forman. John Kell, Fortune, "Whiskey makers are bending the rules for barrel-aging, signaling a new wave for bourbon," 29 Mar. 2020 Founded in 1945, the cooperage produces about 600,000 barrels a year. Scott Utterback,, "Louisville, from dusk to dawn: What we captured while the city was seemingly asleep," 11 Feb. 2020 According to a new release, the cooperage now produces 1,200 white oak barrels a day which are used to age Jack Daniel’s whiskey. al, "Jack Daniel’s will release a limited-edition whiskey in celebration of Alabama’s bicentennial," 21 Aug. 2019 Thanks to its barrel cooperage in the U.S. and existing distilleries, Brown-Forman had access to a lot of barrels. Emily Price, Fortune, "This New Irish Whiskey Has Deep Roots in Rock ‘n’ Roll," 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cooperage

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cooperage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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