June Newsletter

Straight from the Still

Greetings from Templeton. Summer is here and things in Templeton are going great. I want to thank Scott and Keith for giving me an opportunity to bring everyone up to speed on a Community Center project we have launched. The City of Templeton is in the process of acquiring the former Sacred Heart School building and transforming it into a community center. While the school has unofficially served this role for many years, Templeton has never had a true community center facility.

With a generous pledge of $250,000 from Templeton Rye Spirits, we have kicked off our fundraising drive for this project. At $1.4 million, this is a very ambitious project, but Templeton is known for its determination. This project is important and worthwhile – we are growing, the future is bright and this project is an investment in our future.

If you would like more information on the project, go to www.templetoniowa.com and click on the community center link. You will find project details, a timeline and other project information, or you can contact me at 712-790-3400 or email at kbehrens@netins.net.

When this project is complete, we will be able to host many types of activities – both large and small – including fun Templeton Rye get-togethers. In the meantime, if any of you know a rain dance that would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely from Templeton, Home of the Good Stuff!

Scott and Mayor Behrens
Ken Behrens
Mayor, City of Templeton


Templeton Rye Iowa Shoes & Cue

Please join us on Sunday, July 15th for a day of fun, horseshoes and award-winning bbq. We will be hosting Iowa Shoes & Cue at Jasper Winery from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. and featuring award-winning bbq from Iowa’s own Woodfellas.

If you would like to be involved in the horseshoe tournament, please visit http://templetonryeiowashoesandcue2012.eventbrite.com. There will be a 64 team, single elimination tournament with prizes for the top three teams. The cost per team is $100 and includes entry, a Templeton Rye t-shirt and four drink tickets.

Some pictures from the Chicago version of Shoes & Cue can be seen on our Facebook page.


Upcoming Events

Please join us for the following events this summer:

June 21st:
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
An intimate evening of fine cigars, food prepared by some of the country’s best chefs (Rick Gresh of David Burke’s Primehouse, Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster and Boka, and Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions), beer, wine and Templeton Rye cocktails by Benjamin Schiller, Eric Hay, Fred Sarkis and Dan De Oliveira. For more information visit cigarbque.com.

Beyond Design
4515 N Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, IL

June 22nd:
Manhattan Mayhem
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join us for an interactive cocktail gathering. Click here to download a flyer for the event.

1776 Restaurant
397 W Virginia Street
Crystal Lake, IL

June 24th:
East Bay Shoes & Cue
Linden Street Brewery
95 Linden Street
Oakland, CA

June 28th:
Prosciutto of Happiness Hour
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join us in toasting the success of America’s efforts towards Ham Independence with La Quercia’s Herb Eckhouse! Vertical tasting of La Quercia’s heritage acorn-fed prosciutto paired with Tempelton Rye cocktail.
Click here to download a flyer for the event.

Bar Toma
110 E Pearson Street
Chicago, IL

July 11th:
Speakeasy Party
The Edison
108 W 2nd Street #101
Los Angeles, CA

July 15th:
Iowa Shoes & Cue
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Jasper Winery
2400 George Flagg Parkway
Des Moines, IA

July 17th:
Whiskey Dinner
Four courses/five cocktails for $65 plus tax and gratuity. Welcome reception with first cocktail and passed hor’d oeuvres begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.
80 seats available – call (515) 221- 3474 for reservations.

Trostel’s Dish
12851 University Avenue #400
Clive, IA

July 18th:
Presentation by Scott Bush
Pearson Lakes Art Center
2201 Highway 71 N
Okoboji, IA

July 18th:

Mobile Speakeasy
Location TBD
Okoboji, IA

July 19th:

Mobile Speakeasy
Location TBD
Clear Lake, IA

July 24th:
Mobile Speakeasy
Lake View, IA

August 5th:
Iowa Cubs Tailgate
Principal Park
Des Moines, IA

September 1st:
Iowa / Northern Illinois Tailgate
Soldier Field
Chicago, IL


Farmer’s Market

We are back as an occasional vendor at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market on 4th Street in front of Java Joe’s. Please stop by and see us on the following dates:

June 23rd
July 7th
July 14th
August 4th
August 25th
September 15th
September 29th
October 6th
October 20th


New Merchandise

We have a couple of new shirts available at store.templetonrye.com.

Click an image to view the shirt in the store.


Remembering Fay Irlbeck Schleisman

Our friend Fay passed away this week at the Manning General Hospital. Fay was the daughter of Joe Irlbeck, one of the major figures behind Templeton Rye during Prohibition. Fay was a great lady and very generous with her time and stories about the history of Templeton Rye. She will be missed by her friends at Templeton Rye.

Fay video screenshot

Click the screenshot above to view a video in which Fay shares a story about the Feds checking her house for bootlegged whiskey.

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