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Upcoming Screenings for Capone’s Whiskey

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Iowa Filmmaker Kristian Day will be screening his movie “Capone’s Whiskey – The Story of Templeton Rye” at several locations over the next few months. Below is a synopsis of the film and information on upcoming screening dates.

Plot Synopsis

During the prohibition years, the farms of west central Iowa cooked whiskey in their barns and machine sheds to supplement their incomes. It was of such high quality that it quickly made its way to speakeasies in Chicago, Kansas City, and Omaha through Al Capone. For almost eighty years the product was considered illegal until it was introduced in 2006 as a legal brand of top shelf liquor. But, even with the existence of a legal brand, the spirit of prohibition never dies.

Current screening dates include:

March 1st at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA (private alumni/student screening)
March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Bijou Cinema in Iowa City w/ Film maker Q&A (purchase advance tickets through Ticketmaster or for $7 at the door/Students are free)
March 10th at the Iowa Theater in Winterset, IA
March 10th at the Rialto Theater in Pocahontas, IA
March 22nd at Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL w/ Film maker Q&A
March 23rd at The Grand Theater in Eldora, IA
March 24th & 25th at the Central Theater in Geneseo, IL
March 24th at the Grand Theater in Greenfield, IA
March 29th at the Orpheum Theater in Marshalltown, IA w/ Film maker Q&A
April 13th at the Palace Theater in Vinton, IA w/ Film maker Q&A
April 28th at the Mindframe Theater in Dubuque, IA w/ Film maker Q&A
April 28th & 29th at the New Strand Theater in West Liberty, IA
May 11th &12th at the Donna Reed Theater in Denison, IA w/ Film maker Q&A
September 28th & 29th at the Temple Twin Theater in Mount Pleasant, IA

To learn more about this film, check out information on the sites below:

YouTube Trailer

Templeton Rye: Iowa’s Good Stuff (30 Minute PBS special) is also available through Amazon’s Video On Demand Service for purchase or rental.

Mods vs. Rockers 2010

Monday, June 28th, 2010

On Saturday, June 19 we joined our friends from Ton Up Club Chicago and Delilah’s, the best whiskey bar in the world, in celebrating Mods vs. Rockers vintage motorcycle show on Lincoln Ave. The street was lined with Triumphs, Moto Guzzis, BMWs, Vespas and some custom-made choppers. Whatever your style, there was an epic display of bikes on hand.

Our friend Scott Takes of Underground Art Studios in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, thought this would be the perfect place to unveil the new Templeton Rye themed chopper. Scott was commissioned to paint a 124 Cu. Inch custom chopper built by Tim Carlson of Carlson Customs and Repair in Atkins, Iowa. Scott chose an all Templeton Rye custom paint job. The detail work on this bike is incredible. From the perfect bottle shot on the tank, to the TR on the seat, to the likeness of Templeton Rye’s most famous customer on the back fender. You can even kill the lights on the hidden license plate to make it disappear in case the Feds are chasing you while your running your stash. Check out the photos below, and be sure to get your tickets to the third annual Rock & Rye Celebration on July 31, so you can check out this awesome bike first hand.





Des Moines Farmers’ Market going strong

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market continues to be one of the best in the country and we are proud to be a part of it. Hats off to our friends Kelly Foss and Molly Kotval for their great work. Please stop by the Templeton Rye booth at the Farmer’s Market on the following dates: June 26, July 3 and 31, August 7 and 28, September 18 and October 9 and 16.

Find us at the Des Moines Farmers Market this summer

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Be sure to stop by and say hello to the Templeton Rye team at the Des Moines Farmers Market throughout the summer! We will be there May 8 and 29, June 5 and 26, July 3 and 31, August 7 and 28, September 18 and October 9 and 16. Click below for some video highlights from 2009.

La Quercia – another quality Iowa product aging gracefully

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Scott Bush, Herb Eckhouse and Michael Killmer at La Quercia in Norwalk, Iowa

We recently visited one of our favorite Iowa companies, La Quercia in Norwalk, Iowa, producers of premium quality American prosciutto and other products. Our friends Herb and Kathy Eckhouse founded the company because they knew they could make a world class product right here in Iowa. La Quercia has been incredibly successful to date and has shocked many of the taste makers in their industry. Their product takes a long time to produce, and they have had trouble keeping up with demand because they have refused to sacrifice quality. If some of this sounds familiar, you will understand why we, and especially Mr. Killmer, are big fans of La Quercia.

Please check them out at www.laquercia.us and on Facebook.



Distinguished guests at the Templeton Rye Distillery

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


Keith and I had the privilege to host some very special visitors at the distillery on Monday, February 15th. Lieutenant Colonel Greg Hapgood and Captain Chris Johnson of the Iowa National Guard didn’t let mother nature ruin their trip to the Templeton Rye Distillery on President’s Day. Lieutenant Colonel Hapgood recently returned from Kuwait, and Captain Johnson is getting ready to leave on his fourth deployment, returning to Afghanistan in the fall. On behalf of everyone at Templeton Rye, we thank you and all of the men and women of the armed forces for doing what you do and giving us the freedom to do what we do. God bless you all, and we will see you soon!


Bartender Testimonial: Province

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Jeff Donahue of Province in Chicago shares the story of the restaurant and how Templeton Rye fits in perfectly.

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

Join us for the 2nd Annual Rock & Rye Summer Music Festival

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Join us this Saturday, August 8th, for the 2nd Annual Summer Music Festival brought to you by your friends at the Templeton Community Betterment Association and Templeton Rye Whiskey. This year’s lineup will feature The Nadas, Manning’s own Brian Joens, The Prairie Cats, Aged Spirits, Dick Prall and the world’s ultimate “80′s Rock” impersonation act, Hairball. Listen to what Templeton Rye President Scott Bush had to say about the upcoming event in a recent interview with Jenna from SingleMalt.TV in this video. See full schedule of events below.

Tickets are available for $20 each at the Templeton Rye Distillery or online at the Templeton Rye store. After purchasing your tickets, you will receive a wristband in the mail. Shipping is free for this item. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold for this event. PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday, August 4, is the last day we can mail out tickets. You may still purchase your tickets online and pick them up at the door (Will Call) at the distillery.

Schedule of Events:

12pm: Pre-party for ticketed concert goers at the Templeton Rye Distillery, including all access tours, refreshments and award winning BBQ prepared by Woodfellas from Ankeny, Iowa. There will also be samples of various Iowa products including Santa Maria wines and Award Winning 21st Amendment Ale produced by Court Avenue Brewery in Des Moines and aged in used Templeton Rye barrels.

2pm: Acoustic performance by The Nadas in the distillery featuring hit songs Templeton Rye and Goodnight Girl.

3pm: Beer garden opens at concert site adjacent to distillery. All proceeds benefit the Templeton Community Betterment Association.

4pm: Manning’s own Brian Joens performs a grab bag of Americana, bluegrass and tremelo-laden musings about classic rock dinosaurs, outhouses, stray dogs and roads (dirt and paved), all with his unique Iowa perspective.

5pm: The Prairie Cats are an 8-piece band hailing from Omaha that deliver an all-original “pop-swing” mix of jump-blues, big band, rockabilly, latin and bop, delivered in an all-out rock attack.

6:30pm: Aged Spirits is a Templeton based band playing a mix of classic rock and blues. Joining the band is special guest Katie Klocke, also a Templeton native.

7:30pm: With a deft pop sensibility, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Dick Prall sings about the good, bad, and fugly moments he’s encountered in life and relationships, turning them into subtle parables that linger longer on the heart and go deeper than most surface-bound pop hits.

9:00pm: Hairball is the world’s ultimate “80′s Rock” impersonation act, recreating the good-time party atmosphere of the decadent decade with unmatched authenticity. They cop the personas of the era’s legendary front men while rapidly changing elaborate costumes, then complete their transformations with dead-on visual and vocal performances.

Please plan ahead and travel safely to and from this event. Hotels are available in nearby Carroll, Iowa.

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.

Join the Templeton Rye team at WhiskeyFest Chicago 2009

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

We’re excited to be a part of WhiskeyFest Chicago again this year. If you’re attending, stop by and say hello – you’ll be able to find us at the events noted below. Also, Templeton Rye President Scott Bush will be a featured Whiskyfest speaker. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, April 1st
WhiskyFest 2009
Chicago, IL
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Whiskyfest at Grand Hyatt
11:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Delilah’s / Bottom Lounge

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