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Boardwalk Empire Yacht Party

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Michael Killmer, Templeton Rye Brand Manager and Brand Ambassador for Chicago, teamed up with HBO and LivingSocial for the Exclusive Boardwalk Empire Season Two Yacht Party in Chicago on Sunday, September 25. The cruise was a ticketed event by LivingSocial with 160 people in attendance.

Fashioned in their finest 1920s-inspired attire, the patrons hopped aboard the Prohibition era cruise to celebrate the return of the Boardwalk Empire series. The luxury yacht from Kanan Cruises was decked out in roaring twenties style with Templeton Rye décor and barrels. As they set sail from Navy Pier, patrons had the chance to participate in a variety of mob-friendly activities. The three-hour yacht party included blackjack instruction in the gambling parlor, cigar-rolling lessons, appetizers, whiskey tastings, a Templeton Rye Manhattan cocktail demonstration and an exclusive sneak peek of the Season 2 premiere.

Patrons were invited to partake in a whiskey tasting where they sipped on samples of Templeton Rye, along with three bourbons, including Woodford Reserve, Bulliet and Buffalo Trace. After the whiskey tasting and education and a viewing of the Boardwalk Empire trailer, they visited Michael Killmer at the Templeton Rye Manhattan demo station (all product provided by Kanan Cruises), where he taught them the history and proper procedure for making the Templeton Manhattan and gave them the opportunity to make their own.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Dress the part for your Boardwalk Empire viewing party

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

We’ve got you covered from your cloche adorned head to your wing tip toes in this edition of our “Boardwalk Empire” viewing party series, featuring fashion tips to help you celebrate the return of “Boardwalk Empire” in 1920s style.

Be sure to download our exclusive Templeton Rye-inspired viewing party kit and check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration and ideas for Prohibition era fashion, food and cocktail recipes. You can also pick up some iconic flapper and dapper gangster fashion tips from Des Moines fashion blogger Lacy Brunnette on LacyBrunnette.com.

Fashion ideas courtesy of Juliet DeRose and Jen Abrams, Stylist, JenAbrams.com

The Female Look
The 1920s were all about rebellion. So use this opportunity to let loose and break the rules of
fashion. Start off with a sexy ultra-feminine dress. Think lace, chiffon, sequins and fringe. Don’t shy
away from bold jewel tones and warm reds and purples! Then, make it your own by incorporating
flirty accessories like bangles, statement cocktail rings, fingerless gloves and maybe even a cloche
hat. Keep your make-up understated except for a dramatic bold lip. Add vampy red nails and you’re
ready to dance all night… among other things.

Complete Looks
Click the images below to visit polyvore.com and find out how to get these 1920s-inspired complete looks.

Option #1: Try this sleeveless silk-chiffon dress with rhinestone and beaded scoop neck, asymmetrical tiers with beaded fringe at shirttail hem, allover bead accents and tiny pintucks by Haute Hippie. “Flapper Dress” found at 25park.com.

Option #2: Try this chiffon dress, hand-beaded detail, fully lined blush dress by Haute Hippie. “Trish Rose Flapper Dress” found at 25park.com.


From left to right, top row: Art deco 14k silver diamond accent cocktail ring, jcpenney.com; Max and Chloe Necklace, maxandchloe.com; Earrings charmandchain.com, ASOS Origami Pleated Deco Clip On Earrings asos.com; Belfry Tara Floral Bow Cloche, hatsinthebelfry.com; bottom row: Venezia Gondola Clutch, jillmilan.com; Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio NARS, narscosmetics.com; ASOS Black Beaded Deco Clutch, asos.com.

The Male Look
There’s nothing sexier than a man in a suit. Channel your inner Nucky Thompson and make a powerful
statement with a fitted suit. Leave those tired gray and black ones in the closet and experiment with different hues and patterns. Don’t over think the styling; a crisp white shirt is always appropriate and always a fashion “do.” Coordinate your tie and pocket square to complement the suit. Perhaps a deep red or gold paired with a navy suit? Finally, every proper man needs an exceptional timepiece so incorporate a classic wristwatch or vintage-inspired pocket watch.

Men’s Suit

Ludlow two-button suit jacket with double-vented back in cashmere, J. Crew


Ermenegildo Zegna textured paisley tie in burgundy, Neiman Marcus

Pocket Watch

Relic two-toned pocket watch, JC Penney

“Boardwalk Empire” returns on Sunday, September 25 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Volunteer bottling returns

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Pictured above: Our crew of bottling volunteers from last fall.

Based on the success we experienced last year and the huge amount of inquiries on our website, we have decided to do another round of volunteer bottling this year. We will be holding two weeks of volunteer bottling: October 24-28, during the five-year anniversary of our first bottling, and November 14-18 as we start to bottle Batch 5. The work is easy and you get to meet some really nice and interesting people. Templeton Rye supplies pizza each day and everyone gets a free t-shirt and, of course, a sample of The Good Stuff.

To reserve your spot for this year, please review dates and sign up here. Please make a point to only sign up for a spot if you will be able to make it, to help us manage on our end.

Boardwalk Empire Premiere Party at Star Theater in Science Center of Iowa

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Fans who have been awaiting the return of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire can celebrate the series return by attending a viewing party on September 25 (premiere night) hosted by Templeton Rye. Templeton Rye, from tiny Templeton, Iowa was a favorite of Capone, a major character in the series. “We have several videos and documentation linking Capone to Templeton Rye. It was said to be his drink of choice, ” says Scott Bush, co-founder Templeton Rye.

Not only was Templeton Capone’s drink of choice – it was also a leading favorite among other citizens during prohibition. According to a Chicago Tribune article dated January 16, 1933, the renowned Templeton was “second only in popularity to raw alcohol and near beer.”

The Boardwalk Empire viewing party will take place at the 50′ Star Theater at the Science Center of Iowa and all proceeds will benefit SCI. “We are very excited about the event. Templeton Rye is a great Iowa product and SCI looks forward to this partnership to help support all the exhibits and programs that Iowans experience every day at SCI,” said Susan Kloewer, Director of Development at the Science Center of Iowa.

The evening begins at 6 pm with cocktails and hors d’ouevres. At 7:30 pm, the theater will show some Templeton Rye videos as ‘Previews’. Then minutes before the season opener of Boardwalk Empire, Scott Bush along with Keith Kerkhoff, Master Distiller will welcome the crowd. “Everyone is so excited about the series this season. We have reason to believe Templeton Rye will be making a guest appearance in at least the first couple of episodes,” said Kerkhoff.

At the event, Templeton will be served in a cocktail called the Nucky, after Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, mayor of Atlantic City who is played in the show by actor Steve Buscemi. “We’re really elated that we could partner with The Star Theater at the Science Center of Iowa and help raise funds for this center that is so much a part of the community,” says Bush. Only 60 tickets are available for the event and will be sold for $25 each. To purchase tickets call Kelly Henry at the Science Center of Iowa at (515) 274-6868 x223.

RAGBRAI update

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Greetings from Templeton!

As most of you know, RAGBRAI will be coming past the Templeton Rye distillery on Monday, July 25. The entire Templeton Rye team is very excited to have the opportunity to showcase our product and our distillery during RAGBRAI. Yesterday, T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI Director, and several other riders stopped by the distillery on their pre-route inspection ride to check out everything at Templeton Rye. Click here to see what they experienced.

Mark your calendar for Rock & Rye in conjunction with the historic RAGBRAI event passing through Templeton on Monday, July 25th. Whether you are a spectator, support person, or rider, we would love to have you stop by the distillery. We will be conducting tours of the distillery and the town will be hosting a big party adjacent to the distillery with a beer garden, food, misters to cool you all down, and of course entertainment. Our team is anticipating a barrel of fun and the town of Templeton could grow a hundred fold that day. We will be taking a group picture at 1:00 pm in front of our large distillery sign for everyone wearing a Templeton Rye bike jersey.

Kevin Boersma, Distillery Manager, Templeton Rye

Smoking pieces and BBQ sauces are back!

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The exceedingly popular Templeton Rye smoking pieces and BBQ sauce are back. The smoking pieces are three pounds of our charred American white oak barrels that have stored Templeton Rye Whiskey for at least four years. The smoking pieces add great flavor to smoked fish or meat, or a sweet scent to your cozy winter fire. Both items are only available at Des Moines area farmers markets. Below are the upcoming dates for Valley Junction and Downtown Des Moines:

Thursday, June 30th – 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction
Saturday, July 2nd – 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown Des Moines

Templeton Rye 2011 farmers market dates

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

It’s farmers market season again! Be sure to stop by and say hello to the Templeton Rye team at the Des Moines and West Des Moines farmers markets throughout the season. While you’re there, pick up some Templeton Rye BBQ sauce, made with Templeton Rye Whiskey, and some smoking pieces. We’ll also have a variety of Templeton t-shirts and other merchandise available.

We will be at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market and Valley Junction Farmers Market on the following dates:

Thursday, May 5th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, May 12th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, May 19th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, May 26th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, June 2nd: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, June 4th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Thursday, June 9th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, June 11th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Thursday, June 16th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, June 23rd: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, June 30th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, July 2nd: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Thursday, July 7th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, July 14th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, July 16th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Thursday, July 21st: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, July 28th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, July 30th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Thursday, August 4th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Thursday, August 11th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, August 13th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Thursday, August 18th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, August 20th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Thursday, August 25th: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, September 3rd: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Saturday, September 10th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Saturday, September 17th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Thursday, September 22nd: 4 pm – 8 pm – Valley Junction

Saturday, October 15th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Saturday, October 29th: 7 am – 12 pm – Downtown

Templeton team visits 3 Floyds

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

During Chicago Whiskey Week, the Templeton team shot down to Munster, Indiana, to visit our friends at 3 Floyds Brewery and deliver them some freshly dumped Templeton Rye barrels for one of their barrel aged beers.

If you are not familiar with 3 Floyds, the are one of our favorite craft breweries in the country and have a amazing following. On the last Saturday in April they host “Dark Lord Day” where thousands of fans come hang out and try some of their specialty beers.

We toured the facility with Barnaby and Lincoln, tried some great beers including the Gumballhead and Dreadnaught and had a great lunch at the brew pub. We also talked through some details on a new project that we are really excited about. More details to come.

Bottling Templeton Rye Batch 4

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Pictured above: Our crew of bottling volunteers.

Greetings from Templeton. It is a very exciting time here at the distillery as we have finally reached a date we have been looking forward to for a long time. We called it “Whiskey Birthday” in our calendar and it was the date that our Batch 4 turned four years old. Batch 4 is our first product from when we started to scale up production four long years ago. Our volume is still a pittance in the grand whiskey world but it is a nice step forward for us that we will continue to build on for the next several years.

In our last newsletter we asked if anyone was interested in helping us bottle Batch 4, and to our amazement we had over 150 people sign-up to work in conjunction with our existing team. Our first bottling was yesterday, and our volunteers did a great job. In fact, we shattered our previous record. We worked hard and had a fun day. Thank you all for your interest and help! We still have some slots available for next week, Nov 29-Dec 3. If you are interested in helping out please send us an email at info@templetonrye.com.

We are looking forward to having product delivered to the State of Iowa and available for order on Monday, December 6th and at stores later that week. We will also be resupplying Illinois and entering San Francisco and New York on a very limited basis.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Scott Bush, President, Templeton Rye

Above: Click to play a YouTube video of the bottling process.

Join us at the 2010 Iowa State Fair

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Iowa State Fair

For the second year in a row, Templeton Rye has a booth at the Iowa State Fair. The most common questions we get at the booth are “Are you giving samples?” and “Where can we find Templeton Rye?”

The answer to the first question is: No, we are not giving samples. (That’s against the Iowa State Fair rules.)

The answer to the second question is: We don’t really know. Yes, it is hard to find right now, but what we can tell you is when you’ll be able to find more. We have a counter at our booth in the Varied Industries Building counting down to the release of Templeton Rye Batch 4. Today it reads: “3 months, 17 days.”

At that point we will be feverishly bottling and getting it into a store near you. If you stop by our booth at the fair you’ll also find some of our most popular Templeton Rye merchandise, including flasks, shot glasses and t-shirts. So please stop by, ask us questions, tell us stories and pick up some cool items. We recommend wearing your newly-acquired Templeton Rye gear at the fair, and see how many people give you a nod, a smile or even a wave like you’re a member of a club. A club of people who are “in the know”.

Iowa State Fair

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