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Christmas “Spirits” hang high in Templeton

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

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In 1931, a cardboard cutout of a little brown jug with the words X-Mas Spirits was raised along with the holiday lights above Main Street in Templeton. Many claim it was done with the aid of at least one person who occupied an important position in the civic and municipal affairs of the town. A picture of the little brown jug ended up on the front page of the Des Moines Register, which led to the most intense and sustained period of federal raids on booze-making around the town of Templeton, ever.

This holiday season, a little brown jug hangs once again in Templeton. Replicas of the original X-Mas Spirits jugs can be seen hanging at the St. Peters Castle jail and on the Templeton Rye Main Street display at the Des Moines International Airport.

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A little brown jug hangs at the St. Peters Castle jail in Templeton.

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Another X-Mas Spirits jug hangs on the Templeton Rye Main Street display at the Des Moines International Airport.

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TSA-approved Templeton Rye

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

This Flickr post by Genie Gratto couldn’t be more timely with the holiday travel season upon us. Genie, a resident of Oakland, California, shares her story below about how her friends “smuggled” a few 3-oz. bottles of Templeton Rye from Iowa to the West Coast.


Photo credit: inadvertentgardener via Flickr

Friends from Iowa came to visit last weekend, and I had asked them to bring me a bottle of Templeton Rye. However, they were flying with carry-on bags only, so they said they’d have to see what they could do. Thusly and therefore? Here’s a TSA-approved, quart-sized bag of three-ounce bottles of Templeton. My friends rule.

Cheers to Genie’s friends for their craftiness and ingenuity. Looks like the sly spirit of the Iowa farmers who bootlegged whiskey during Prohibition is alive and well.

Templeton Rye featured on The Exchange with Ben Keiffer

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Templeton Rye’s founder, Scott Bush, was recently featured on Iowa Public Radio’s The Exchange with Ben Keiffer. We’ve posted the audio file in its entirety below. Click the play button to begin listening.

 
 KUNI Interview with TR President Scott Bush [47:02m]: Play Now | Play in Popup

A smooth getaway: Enjoy the Ultimate Templeton Experience

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

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For those of you interested in an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the history of Templeton Rye, we are now offering The Ultimate Templeton Experience: an exclusive trip for groups of up to 20 people aboard our private TR shuttle bus. We’ll pick up your guests at a designated meeting spot, provide transportation to and from Templeton, Iowa, and treat your group to lunch and refreshments — both aboard the bus and at the distillery.

The experience is perfect for groups of friends or corporate outings, and can be customized to include any of the following activities:

  • VIP distillery tour, including production, laboratory, bottling and barrel warehouse.
  • Historical video of Templeton Rye and the Prohibition Era.
  • Driving tour of historic Templeton, Iowa.
  • Classic cocktail demonstration featuring the history of various cocktails including the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned and the Sazerac, as well as proper techniques for preparing them.
  • Cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Western Iowa watering hole tour.
  • Please e-mail us at templetonexperience@templetonrye.com for more details and available dates.

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    Join us in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of Prohibition

    Thursday, November 13th, 2008

    On December 5, 1933, the United States Congress repealed the Prohibition Act, restoring Americans the freedom to enjoy their spirits again — legally, that is. On Friday, December 5th, Iowans all over the state will celebrate the end of the “Noble Experiment,” as coined by fellow Iowan Herbert Hoover.

    We’re teaming up with the following bars to sponsor Prohibition Repeal Parties:

    Sweet Fanny’s – Sioux City, Iowa
    CJ’s Bar and Grill – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Jameson’s – Waterloo, Iowa
    Royal Mile – Des Moines, Iowa
    Depot Lounge – Grinnell, Iowa
    Legend’s Bar and Grill – Ames, Iowa
    Short’s Burgers & Shine – Iowa City, Iowa
    Silver Dollar Saloon – McGregor, Iowa
    Pastimes Bar & Grill – Huxley, Iowa
    Vito’s Bistro – Iowa City, Iowa
    Mac’s Tavern – Davenport, Iowa
    Beckett’s Public House – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    11th Street Precinct – Davenport, Iowa
    Swamp Fox Pub & Grille – Knoxville, Iowa
    Barley’s – Council Bluffs, Iowa
    Uncle Buck’s – Ottumwa, Iowa
    Whitey’s – Manning, Iowa

    These modern-day speakeasies will feature Templeton Rye drink specials and select guests will receive Templeton Rye flasks, t-shirts and other items. Come out and join us!

    TR stories: Templeton Rye was a “way of life”

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    Gene Wiese of Manning, Iowa, talks about the “unspoken” presence of Templeton Rye in his hometown:

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    TR stories: Take two sips before buying

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

    Meryl Kerkhoff of Manning, Iowa, talks about the Templeton Rye taste test being a selling point for customers.

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    TR stories: A needle in a haystack

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    By the early 1930s, many Templeton Rye stills had been shut down and destroyed by authorities. Despite these Prohibition efforts, there was still a surprising abundance of Templeton Rye.

    The excerpt below from the Iowa News Service describes one young man’s account of the Templeton Rye supply in 1932.

    It is estimated by persons who should know that there are now only three stills of any importance in the surrounding county. The rest, they say, were wiped out a year or so ago when for a short time authorities destroyed them at the rate of three a day.

    The supply, however, is still adequate. Recently, a young man with an investigative turn of mind barged into Templeton to see what he could drink. In response to his initial inquiry he was informed that finding Templeton Rye these days was like locating a needle in a haystack.

    Never, the young man now reports, did he come in contact with a needle so large, or a haystack so small.

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    TR stories: The roads are rough

    Thursday, August 14th, 2008

    During the Great Depression, many Iowans were making and selling Templeton Rye just to get by. The small towns would work together to warn each other when the Feds were coming. “The roads are rough” was code to watch out for the Feds, but it was also very symbolic of the times.

    Gerald Gesinger of Carroll County shares the story behind the warning message and his memories of bootlegging during the Depression in the video below:

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    TR stories: Dance it off

    Thursday, August 7th, 2008

    Harry W. Harmeyer of Carroll, Iowa, reminisces about drinking Templeton Rye and his dancing days in Templeton:

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