Archive for the ‘Distillery’ Category

Merlyn Zubrod’s handmade custom bottle displays

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Templeton Rye’s own Merlyn Zubrod shows us his handmade custom Templeton Rye bottle displays and talks about the inspiration behind them.

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Templeton welcomes Ames bartenders to tour distillery

Friday, July 10th, 2009



The Templeton Rye team recently welcomed a group of bartenders from Ames to the tour the distillery. Our visitors consisted of folks from Es Tas, Legends, Mickey’s Irish Pub and Thumbs. They toured the distillery and learned a lot about the history of Templeton Rye, dating back to the Prohibition Era. They also received a cocktail tutorial featuring the Classic Manhattan and TR’s own Shirley Templeton. After the VIP tour, the group had a great lunch at Templeton’s own Corner Station and went on a tour of the town. We invite all of you to check out one of these great bars the next time you are in the Ames area.

If you have a bar that is interested in a tour of our facility, please email us at info@templetonrye.com.

TR stories: Happy Hour at The Plaza Part 4

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

This is the last of our 4-part Happy Hour at The Plaza TR story videos series. In this video, the residents share a few more memories about Templeton Rye during the prohibition era and raise their glasses to The Good Stuff.

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Templeton welcomes Trostel’s staff

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Staff from Trostel’s pose for a photo with Templeton Rye team members

We were pleased to welcome various members of Trostel’s Dish and Greenbriar staff to Templeton for a visit in June.

It was a great day, with a lively bus ride and great tour focusing on the history of Templeton Rye and the production, aging and bottling process. We really appreciate the enthusiasm for Templeton Rye shown by these great restaurateurs.

We highly recommend these great spots for drinks and/or dinner. Dish is located at 12851 University Avenue, Suite 400 in Clive, Iowa, and Greenbriar is located at 5810 Merle Hay Road in Johnston, Iowa.

Templeton Rye bottlers Gin Knobbe and Anna Mae Irlmeier show the Trostel’s staff members how to label the bottles

Trostel’s staff learning about the Templeton Rye production, aging and bottling process

Please welcome our new summer intern, Claire Bisanz

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Templeton Rye intern Claire Bisanz with Meryl & Keith Kerkhoff

The Templeton Rye team is pleased to welcome our new summer intern, Claire Bisanz. Claire is originally from the Twin Cities and is a student at Iowa State University studying Marketing and Spanish.

We are happy to have Claire on the team and look forward to her work helping us continue to develop and execute various strategic plans.

Landscaping at the Templeton Rye Distillery

Friday, May 22nd, 2009



Hi folks,

We are very excited about our new landscaping project at the distillery. We have planted a variety of native flowers and grasses around the distillery, including Indian Grass, Big and Little Bluestem, Butterfly Milkweed, Black Eyed Susan, Spider Wort, Purple Coneflower and Aromatic Aster.

A special thanks to our friends Liz Garst and Elizabeth Hill at Whiterock Conservancy, Gloria from Windy Ridge Flowers in Coon Rapids and Linda and Tobin Bush for all of their great work.

Like most things in our business, it will probably take a few years to be ready, but we are very excited about our collection of native Iowa flowers and grasses. Please come visit us and see for yourself.

All the best,

Scott Bush
President, Templeton Rye

New sign at the Templeton Rye Whiskey Distillery

Monday, April 27th, 2009

We’re excited to share this photo with you of our new sign at the Templeton Rye Whiskey Distillery in Templeton, Iowa.
tr-new-signFrom left to right: Meryl Kerkhoff, Kevin Boersma, Scott Bush and Keith Kerkhoff

It appears that someone has already stumbled upon it. Check out this photo that @mebreton of Des Moines, Iowa, captured and posted to Twitter via Twitpic.

Be sure to drop by the distillery this summer and check it out. Here’s the link to our distillery tour dates.

Where’s The Good Stuff?

Friday, April 24th, 2009

We’ve received a few inquiries about our inventory in response to many of you having a hard time tracking down a bottle of The Good Stuff in Iowa, so we thought we’d fill you in on the details. As for our inventory, here’s the scoop: Our product takes over four years to make, so we only have available for sale what we made four-plus years ago. We’re still a small company and were a very small company back then, which is why we’re only currently selling in two states (Iowa and Illinois).

Some of you may remember that we sold our first year’s worth of product in three-and-a-half months, and then we were totally out of product for over eight months. Rather than finding ourselves in that position again, we’ve made a strategic decision to do a monthly allocation. We put together our allocation plan for Iowa based on our previous year’s experience, but yes — it’s tight, as we simply do not have a lot of whiskey.

April – 400
May – 500
June – 400
July – 500
August – 400
September – 400
October – 1,200
November – 1,200
December – 600

We also wanted to take a moment to thank all of our fans out there. We truly appreciate all your support (and patience)! If you have further questions or comments about our allocation strategy, please leave a comment below or reach out to us via email.

Scott Bush
President, Templeton Rye

Gin’s Inn serves up the recipe for relaxation in Templeton

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

There’s a really cool bed and breakfast called Gin’s Inn just down the road from the Templeton Rye distillery in Templeton that we think you should know about. Whether you’re planning a relaxing getaway or would like to turn your distillery visit to into an overnight or weekend stay, be sure to check out the inn, which is within walking distance from our distillery.

The Innkeepers Virginia (Gin) and Leroy Schultes invite you to experience their hospitality first hand:

Our goal at Gin’s Inn is to capture a cozy, warm atmosphere of beauty and comfort while giving personal professional service that anticipates our guests’ needs. Come and let us ease your mind and warm your heart. We are serving up the recipe for relaxation.

Gin’s Inn features a blend of comfort and traditional style with four uniquely-decorated guest rooms to suit your specific tastes and make you feel right at home. In-house telephones and wireless high speed internet access is available throughout the home, and all overnight stays include a continental breakfast.

For more information about the amenities at Gin’s Inn or to inquire about a reservation, visit the Gin’s Inn website. To view our upcoming distillery tour dates, visit our distillery tours page.

Please support our efforts to expand craft distilling in Iowa

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Below, Templeton Rye President Scott Bush explains our joint effort with Iowa distillers to be able to sell product at the distillery.

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