October 2013 Newsletter

Straight from the Still

Greetings from Templeton.

It has been awhile since we have sent out a newsletter, as we have been finalizing the Templeton Rye Bootleggers Society. The Bootleggers Society will be our vehicle for communicating with Templeton Enthusiasts and Ambassadors going forward, so if you haven’t already done so, please be sure to sign up. Invite any friends who enjoy “The Good Stuff” to do so as well.

~Scott Bush, Founder & President


Volunteer Bottling is Back!

We will be hosting volunteer bottlers as guests on Fridays over the next few months. Simply put, you join the Templeton team and help us bottle “The Good Stuff” for a day. The work is not strenuous and folks really enjoy hanging out with our team and getting to see how things work at the distillery.

Dates available:

  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 15
  • December 13
  • December 20

NOTE: Volunteer bottling will only take place on the Fridays listed above.

If you are a new volunteer, please click here to sign up. If you have helped bottle in the past, please email kevin@templetonrye.com to sign up. We will confirm spaces and send details a couple of weeks before each date.


Bucket Lists & Bootlegging History

Templeton Rye recently had the honor of helping fulfill a bucket list wish for one of our biggest fans – Louie Stork, resident of the St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll, IA. Along with nursing home staff and his children, Louie toured the distillery with co-founder Keith Kerkhoff and distillery manager Kevin Boersma. Many stories were shared from the bootleg days, and the Channel 13 WHO-TV news team from Des Moines was there to capture it all. During the tour, Louie joined the bottling line and helped put a label on a bottle of “The Good Stuff.” At the end, he was presented with his very own bottle, a gift package and a certificate acknowledging him as the very first honorary member of the Bootleggers Society. The folks on the Templeton Rye team feel privileged to have been a part of this special day with Louie and his family!

Volunteer Bottling


Bootleggers Society Update

We have started to mail out welcome packets for the Bootleggers Society this week. We are also set to “go live” with the Bootleggers Society personal webpages this week – http://www.bootleggerssociety.com.

Please check it out and invite your friends to join! We will be offering periodic specials on Templeton gear and you can earn various badges by being a Templeton Rye enthusiast.


Templeton Featured in Cigar Aficionado

Templeton Rye was featured in the new edition of Cigar Aficionado in an article about the “Golden Age of American Brown Spirits!”

Cigar Aficionado


Templeton Rye 1,000,000th Bottle – Coming Soon

We are approaching a milestone in Templeton as we are set to release our 1,000,000th bottle later this year. We plan to release the 1,000,000th bottle in Iowa around the holidays. Stay tuned through the Bootleggers Society for more details.


Barrel Tree Lighting – November 27th

We will be lighting our barrel tree in Templeton on the evening of Wednesday, November 27th. Please join us for this festive occasion and enjoy a couple of Templeton hot toddies.

TR Tree Lighting


Merchandise Highlight

Two brand new Templeton t-shirts are available for football season. Check them out at the Templeton Rye Store.

Black and Gold Red and Gold


Upcoming Events

Oct 4th – American Royal Party

Oct 11th-12th – WhiskeyFest New York

Oct 19th – Open tour at the distillery

Oct 24th – WhiskeyFest Philadelphia

Oct 25th – WhiskeyFest Pittsburgh

Nov 1st – Whiskeys of the World Atlanta

Nov 27th – Barrel Tree Lighting in Templeton

Dec 4th – Repeal Eve Event, Chicago Historical Society

Dec 6th – Repeal Day Event, Science Center of Iowa

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