Archive for the ‘Rye Whiskey’ Category

Shift Drinks at Pops for Champagne

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Dan Deoliveria, Michael Killmer, and Peter Vestinos at Shift Drinks at Pops for Champagne

Last night’s Shift Drinks at Pops for Champagne to raise money for Shawn Koch of Paramount Room was a great success. Peter Vestinos from Wirtz Beverage Group, Dan Deoliveria and I banged out some classic cocktails for the hard working industry folks of Chicago. All of our tips went to our friend Shawn at Paramount Room who is recovering from brain cancer. We had a great time at this week’s Shift Drinks at Pops for Champagne.

Be sure to stop in at Pops every Monday night to enjoy a local chef or mixologist highlighting his/her skills. All tips go to charity of their choice. Here’s a short video of Colleen L. Healy from Pops for Champagne talking about why she likes Templeton Rye Whiskey during “Shift Drinks” the Monday Industry Night in Chicago, IL:


Hard to find? Or just not looking in the right places?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010


Hey folks, Jason Walsmith here. “Hard to find, just not looking in the right places.” This was a text I received from a friend last week accompanied by the above image. I replied, “Where did you find all that TR?” and he said “In the dining room of my restaurant.” I will keep the location anonymous, so they aren’t ransacked in the middle of the night by thirsty Templeton Rye fans, but I would like to use this as an illustration that there is Templeton Rye out there – you just have to look for it, and luckily, our fans know that Templeton Rye tastes better when shared. By now, everyone is getting into the habit of checking the shelves of the stores where they procure their whiskey. At any time, if you see a few bottles on the shelves, you mentally check your inventory and pick up a bottle if you’re running low. You might buy two bottles, so you can give one to a friend as a gift and save one for that special occasion that’s coming up.

One of the biggest trends we continue to see on Facebook and Twitter amongst Templeton Rye fans is their willingness to help other fans find The Good Stuff. If you’re on Twitter, you might have noticed Templeton Rye Twitter fans using what’s called a hashtag in their updates that looks like this: #TRspotting(s). This hashtag tells Templeton Rye fans that they’ve spotted a bottle (or multiple bottles) of Templeton Rye at their local grocery or liquor store. Sometimes fans even include photos in their tweets to prove that it’s on the shelves. The same trend has carried over to Facebook, allowing fans of our Facebook fan page to easily locate Templeton Rye when their stock is running low.


These days, if a person finds more than one bottle at any given location, they might feel inclined to buy it all. I understand that many of you are afraid that we might run out, and you won’t be able to get your supply of “The Good Stuff.” I just want to remind you that we will not run out. We have a steady and growing supply. I would also like to remind you that Templeton Rye does indeed taste better when shared. That applies to a single bottle amongst friends, or leaving a bottle or two behind the next time you find the motherload at your retailer of choice. It’s kind of like leaving a pile of dry firewood at the campsite in the woods for the next cold and wet campers that happen upon it in need of warmth. Spread the love.

Jason Walsmith

Chef Testimonial: Sbrocco’s Chef Meek cooks with “The Good Stuff”

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Chef Andrew Meek of Sbrocco in Des Moines, Iowa, talks about cooking with Templeton Rye whiskey. Chef Meek likes to incorporate local ingredients into his dishes as much as possible, including his Chocolate Walnut Torte.

Want to see more videos? Please visit our YouTube channel.

50th anniversary of Lakers’ miracle corn field landing in Carroll, Iowa

Friday, January 22nd, 2010


This week marks the 50th anniversary of the miracle Minneapolis Lakers corn field landing in Carroll, Iowa. On January 17, 1960, the Minneapolis Lakers departed St. Louis after losing to the St. Louis Hawks 135-119. Shortly after takeoff, the DC-3 charter plane began experiencing electrical problems, and eventually lost all electricity, including the fuel gauge. Unable to turn back because of air traffic in St. Louis, the plane flew for three to four hours above a massive winter storm. Eventually the plane started to veer off-course and the pilots decided they were going to have to make an emergency landing. Co-pilots Vernon Ullman and Harold Gifford managed to catch sight of Highway 71 in the snowstorm and land safely in a corn field (the Emma Steffes farm).

Carroll resident John Steffes, whose parents owned the farm where the plane landed, described the story behind the landing on Mouth of Midwest on 1700 the Champ this week. Listen to John’s story here. After landing on the Emme Steffes farm, the players were transported to a hotel in Carroll. The pilots and team were pretty shaken up by the whole incident, and rumor has it that one of the players ripped off the liquor cabinet door at the hotel and poured himself a big glass of whiskey. “The Good Stuff” perhaps?

On January 17th, 2010, the good people of Carroll, Iowa, remembered the miracle landing of the Minneapolis Lakers 50th anniversary with a ceremony. A monument was unveiled by 86-year old co-pilot Harold Gifford in Carroll’s Veteran’s Memorial Park, less than 100 yards from where the plane stopped.

Read more on about the Lakers landing in Carroll:
Valiant efforts saved Lakers – Omaha World-Herald
Happy anniversary: Lakers survive crash – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Iowa Landing Was ‘Magic’ for the Lakers – Daily Yonder
50 years ago today: Lakers narrowly avert disaster – ESPN.com

Terry’s bottle of The Good Stuff

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009


Terry Wessel of Carpentersville, Illinois, shared his story with us about a bottle of The Good Stuff that was gifted to him by his good friend Don Burkett of Algonquin, Illinois, in celebration of Terry’s recovery after a successful but serious heart surgery. Don is an amateur photographer who enjoys sharing his vision and experiences with others. He wanted the bottle of Templeton Rye to develop some character before giving it to Terry, so he took it on a road trip and documented the bottle’s adventures, sending the photos to Terry during his recovery.

Below are few photos from the bottle’s adventures. Follow the entire journey of Terry’s bottle and see more images from Don’s galleries here. We’re glad to hear that Terry is feeling better and wish him a full recovery.

“The boys at the Carpentersville Fire Department thought this whole thing was great fun and contributed both the equipment and some great ideas to the project.” – Don Burkett

“Since rye whiskey is aged in charred oak barrels, I couldn’t resit a shot with the bottle sitting inside the hollow of an old tree.” – Don Burkett

Join our friends at the Hard Rock Hotel for holiday spirits

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

We’re sure a few of you will find yourselves lugging packages up and down Michigan Avenue this holiday season. Be sure to stop in and see our friends at Hard Rock Hotel’s Base Bar. The bartenders really know how to mix up some amazing cocktails with their favorite house whiskey, Templeton Rye. Of course, they have many creations to satisfy a weary shopper.

Staying true to one of the Hard Rock mantras (“Save the Planet”) – Base Bar offers hand-crafted specialty libations with a focus on high-quality, sustainable ingredients and a beer and wine list showcasing products of organic and biodynamic practices. So, get your holiday shopping done and stay in good cheer by joining our friends at the Hard Rock Hotel. Tell them Templeton Rye sent you.

Here is Autumn (a bartender at Base Bar) talking about Templeton Rye on YouTube:

Templeton Rye on tap

Friday, November 20th, 2009

We are proud to announce that Twisted Spoke at 501 N Ogden in Chicago is the only bar in America to have Templeton Rye on tap! Come in on Whiskey Wednesdays when all whiskey is half price. Here is a photo of Killmer and the staff christening the new barrel.


Jeff Allen’s Templeton Still Life

Monday, November 9th, 2009

jeff_allens_tr_still-life1“Templeton Still Life” by Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen of Solon, Iowa, recently shared his Templeton Rye inspired painting entitled “Templeton Still Life” on our Facebook Wall. We thought it was really cool and wanted to share it with all of you. Jeff explains the story behind the painting and his inspiration below. Enjoy!

When I was working on set up for the Templeton Rye painting, I was looking for objects that represented travel and adventure, exploring places that lie far from the run-of-the-mill tourist traps that most people visit. What would such a traveler take along with him? What would remind him of home, of the familiar in an unfamiliar place? That’s where the Templeton Rye comes into the picture. Templeton Rye represents an old friend; a traveling companion who’s never out of reach and reminds the traveler to stop and enjoy the best life has to offer.

For the composition of the painting, I placed objects that one would normally take along on a long trip on top of a wooden ammo box (my daughter picked it up at a garage sale). The hat and camera are common accessories for most travelers. The vase adds a touch of class to a bare-bones motel room and it adds a touch of mystery, makes you ask, “Why would someone bring a simple brass vase along on a trip? Maybe he’s not be traveling alone?” I wanted the viewer’s eye to move around the painting and have the viewer’s mind ask questions.

I painted this still life over the course of about a month. I set up the still life in my studio under cool north light where I could leave it up without being disturbed. I prefer the solitude of my studio with only the company of my German Shepherd, Tanner, when I paint. And, of course, a tumbler of Templeton Rye when I’ve done.

Thank you for sharing your story, Jeff. Do you have a Templeton Rye inspired creation that you would like to share with us? Feel free to tell us all about it in the comments below, or post your photos or video to our Facebook Page.

A neighborly TR recipe from North Carolina: Porch Rye

Friday, October 23rd, 2009


Ilina from Raleigh, North Carolina featured this Templeton Rye cocktail recipe on her blog Dirt & Noise a few weeks ago as part of her 5:00 Fridays cocktail series. Ilina’s recipe was inspired by a neighborhood tradition called “Brown Liquor Night,” and features a homemade basil simple syrup.

Many of us have outdoor fire pits or fireplaces so we engage in porch pyrotechnics on a regular basis. Brown Liquor Night just begs for some rocks glasses clinking fireside. So far the drinks flit between whiskey on the rocks or bourbon on the rocks. It’s high time to jazz things up a bit, no?

So for the gentlemen (and occasional gentle women who join the par-tay) here’s my contribution to Brown Liquor Night:

Porch Rye
1 ounce Templeton Rye
3 ounces ginger ale
2 teaspoons basil simple syrup (or a tish more if you like it sweeter like I do)

For the simple syrup:
Stir together 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup torn basil leaves in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently and heat until sugar is dissolved. Strain into a container and chill about 30 minutes. This should keep up to a month in the fridge, but I bet you’ll use it up before then.

Mix all the ingredients together in a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a basil leaf or two. If you are feeling particularly industrious, add basil leaves to an ice tray, fill with water and freeze. Voila, basil ice cubes! Go on and go all Martha Stewart on your friends.

Cheers Llina! I love the “Brown Liquor Night” – it sounds like something every neighborhood should start up! Drinking American whiskies straight up or mixed in cocktails is a growing trend as palates change and a quest for domestic products increases.

Nothing says I am a cocktail person more than ordering a rye whiskey cocktail. Rye whiskey offers the perfect combination of dry spicy notes that can stand up to the sweet, herbaceous or fruit juices you might be mixing it with. Making your own different syrups with local seasonal products is easy, just follow the 50/50 water to sugar ratio, steep your creation and strain. Don’t be intimidated.


Michael Killmer, Brand Manager

Feel free to embrace the “Classic Cocktails” at our Barkeep site and on our YouTube Channel.

Troy and Zach complete their cross country journey

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


You might remember bikers Troy Cobb and Zach Snavely from their visit to the Templeton Rye distillery back in July. After graduation, they set out on a cross country biking adventure from Pennsylvania to Oregon, passing through Iowa along the way. We welcomed them to Templeton, Iowa with a tour of the distillery, treated them to lunch and gave them some Templeton Rye gear for the road. The guys completed their trip to Oregon in mid-August and recently sent us this “thank you” note and photos from their trip. Congratulations to the guys for completing their tour. We love meeting people who are doing cool things and were excited to be a part of their journey.

Hey Scott,

Wanted to thank you so much for the generosity you and the rest of the
Templeton Rye crew showed us as we were passing through. We concluded
that Iowa was the most fun state that we passed through, mainly
because of the great people that we met there. Troy and I completed
our trip to the Oregon coast in mid August. I’m attaching a few
pictures we took along the way with our TR gear including Mount
Rushmore, Bighorn Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, and our
continental divide crossing in Idaho. Have been telling everyone here
in PA about the uniqueness of your product; hopefully someday we’ll be
within your sales area! Hope to visit Iowa again soon. Thanks again
and best wishes!


Zach Snavely




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