Archive for the ‘Iowa’ Category

Monthly allocation to State of Iowa for the holidays

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I wanted to take a minute and update you all on some strategic issues so you have updated (and correct) information. First, we greatly increased our monthly allocation to the State of Iowa in October, November and December, so you should have an easier time finding a bottle of The Good Stuff for the holidays. Speaking of Iowa, we are on pace to increase the amount of product sold in Iowa in 2011 by 210% over 2010 (22,000 cases vs. 7,100 cases). We are very happy that we have been able to increase this figure and are working hard to continue to do so in the future. We are still far from reaching demand in our home state but are certainly trending the right way.

A lot of people are surprised to hear this but Templeton Rye is still only sold in four markets: Iowa, Illinois, San Francisco and New York. Illinois continues to be a great market for us led by our most famous customer AZ-85′s old stomping grounds of Chicago. We entered New York City and San Francisco last December with the goal of initially establishing Templeton Rye at a select group of high-end bars and restaurants. We have been very successful in achieving this with our distribution partners and are now adding new accounts and focusing on building consumer awareness of Templeton Rye. (So if you live there and have a good idea for an event, please let us know).

I am sharing all of this because we recently had a strategy meeting and, despite a significant increase in product upcoming, we are not planning to enter any additional markets until 2014. We apologize to all of the states on our short list but we are committed to continuing to grow our supply to Iowa and maintaining adequate supply to support our partners in Chicago, San Francisco and New York. The bartender community in each of these markets has really embraced our product and we want to establish Templeton Rye as the rye whiskey of choice in these markets prior to moving on.

Thank you all for your continued support and all the best to you and yours.

Scott Bush, President, Templeton Rye

Wedding and Rye

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Josh Mozena of Peoria, Arizona, shared this great story and photos with us from his Templeton Rye toast with his groomsmen on his wedding day.

I wanted to share this story and some pictures with you to show my appreciation for “The Good Stuff” on our memorable day.

My wife Sarah and I live in Peoria, AZ, but were both born and raised in Dubuque, IA. We got married this past May in Dubuque. As the day was approaching I was trying to think of something memorable to do with my groomsmen. I chose to do a toast to the guys that were sharing this day with me, and I wanted to toast with a drink that had roots in Iowa, the same as all the men in our wedding. I chose Templeton Rye.

I must say one of the toughest parts of preparing for our wedding was trying to find a bottle of Templeton Rye. After driving around town for an afternoon I remembered a friend of mine worked at the Hy-Vee liquor department and might be my last chance. We discovered right away when we walked in the store that they were, of course, out of Templeton Rye. I asked my friend when they usually get their shipment in, but he was uncertain if they had any coming in before our wedding on Saturday. Fate was on our side, as he called me Friday morning and had a bottle waiting for me. I was set.

I want to let you know that I did get to do my toast, as you’ll see in the pictures. My initial thought was to never take a drink from the bottle again, but now that I see how much is left, I’ve decided to I’ll take a shot from it for the milestone anniversaries of our special day, while I take in all the memories.

I’d like to thank you for the memories and those to come with my bottle of Templeton Rye.


Josh Mozena

Congratulations to Josh and Sarah Mozena. Thanks for toasting with “The Good Stuff” on your wedding day and for sharing these special memories with us. We wish you many more special memories to come. Cheers!

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.

Smokey Lamb Chops with Templeton Black Cherry Sauce

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Shelana Laing of Artemis Events Company in Des Moines, Iowa, sent us this recipe for her Iowa State Fair blue ribbon winning recipe for Smokey Lamb Chops with Templeton Black Cherry Sauce. We think her entrée sounds and looks delicious. Check out her recipe and cooking instructions below.

Smokey Lamb Chops with Templeton Black Cherry Sauce

• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon minced shallot
• 5 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup black cherry jelly
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 clove
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
• ½ jalapeno, seeded, diced
• 1/2 cup Templeton Rye Whiskey
• 6 lamb chops
• Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Grilling Supplies:
• Charcoal Grill with Charcoal
• Lighter Fluid
• Matches
• Cherry Wood Chips

1) Season lamb chops rubbing each side with olive oil and then with salt and pepper on both sides and<
let sit a room temperature for 30 minutes.
2) Soak a handful of wood chips in water for 30 minutes.
3) Heat oil in a small skillet over medium; add shallot and garlic. Cook until softened, stirring, about 2
minutes. Add jelly, honey, clove, cardamom, and jalapeno; whisk well to mix. Add Templeton; stir well.
4) Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce to a simmer and cook until reduced by half, stirring occasionally,
about 45 minutes. Keep warm on low heat.
5) Grilling the lamb chops on charcoal – there is an art in this. Start charcoal and allow burning for about
10-20 min, once charcoal is grayish, dividing it in half placing on each side of grill. Then drain the wood
chips and place on charcoal. Quickly place grate over charcoal, place lamb chops in the middle of the
grill. You are using indirect heat to cook the lamb chops and the cherry chips to enhance the smokey
cherry flavor. Cook 5 to 7 minutes per side, turning once.
6) Serve grilled lamb chops with warm sauce.

Good guard dog

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Kate Giannini of Highland Hideaway Hunting in Riverside, Iowa, sent us this photo of her German Shorthaired Pointer, Gauge. Kate tells us that Templeton is widely consumed at their hunting lodge, and clients often request that they have bottles on hand when they stay. The barrel that Gauge is guarding is from a recent Pheasants Forever meeting that was being held at the lodge and was awaiting the Washington County Pheasants Forever Chapter to pick it up.

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 Garage Sales

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Come hang out with the Templeton Rye team and get special deals on select Templeton merchandise, including shirts, hats, barware, BBQ sauce, smoking pieces, barrel tops, used Templeton barrels, and furniture constructed from used Templeton barrels. We’ll also be holding drawings to give away Templeton Rye merchandise at each event.

What: Templeton Rye Garage Sales
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on June 18, July 9 and August 6
Where: 330 1st Street, West Des Moines, Iowa

Join us for the first Templeton Rye Garage Sale of the season on Saturday, June 18th.

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

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