Archive for the ‘Templeton’ Category

TR stories: Liberating the bottles

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Bob Hoffman of Carroll County, Iowa, talks about growing up in Templeton and how he and his friends would capitalize on the success of the bootleggers by redeeming their empty bottles for five cents each. Once they redeemed the bottles, the hotel clerk on Main Street would put them in a storage shed on his lot for safekeeping. Find out in the video below how Bob and his friends “liberated” the bottles to keep them moving.

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Cross country bikers Troy and Zach visit the distillery

Friday, July 17th, 2009


The Templeton Rye team recently welcomed some special visitors to the distillery, Troy Cobb and Zach Snavely. The duo set out from Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, on their bicycles and are headed all the way to Oregon. Needless to say we were impressed with their dedication. You can track their ride at crazyguyonabike.com/troyandzach.

Troy and Zach ran into some Templeton Rye fans in eastern Iowa, who suggested they come through Templeton. We gave the guys a tour and treated them to a nice lunch at the Corner Station to help fuel their ride. We also gave them a couple of Templeton Rye shirts to wear at their various stops. Best of luck to Troy and Zach and thanks for stopping by the Templeton Rye Distillery.

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 2

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

We continue our 4-part TR story series with a video of residents of The Plaza, an assisted living facility in Manning, Iowa, reminiscing about The Good Stuff with Templeton Rye’s Keith Kerkhoff and Jason Walsmith during their weekly happy hour.

One resident tastes the “legal” Templeton Rye for the first time at the age of 91. Another resident, Florence Parson, shares a story about a doctor nursing her mother back to health with Templeton Rye in 1929.

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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.

TR stories: Happy Hour at The Plaza

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The Plaza is an assisted living facility in Manning, Iowa. Manning is a neighboring town to Templeton, and many of the people who live there are lifelong residents of the region. Every Friday afternoon they have a happy hour. On this particular Friday, the function was hosted by Templeton Rye. After a couple of sips, everyone started reminiscing.

We kick off this TR story series with a video of Merlin Rostermundt of Manning, Iowa, sharing his memories about Templeton Rye and his grandfather’s visit from The Feds.

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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.

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