Owners and staff from Full Court Press visit TR Distillery

November 7th, 2008

Full Court Press group visits the Templeton Rye tasting room

In October, we embarked on our maiden voyage in the new Templeton Rye shuttle bus, bringing along the owners and staff from Full Court Press for a VIP distillery tour. Full Court Press operates several of the coolest and most unique bars in Des Moines, including The Royal Mile, The Red Monk, Shorty’s, High Life Lounge, Hessen Haus and Buzzard Billy’s. The trip was a chance for the whole gang to learn more about the history of Templeton Rye and the production, aging and bottling process.

Our brand new Templeton Rye shuttle bus

Our day included a tour of the distillery, a classic cocktail demonstration in the tasting room, and lunch at the Corner Station (the local diner that also serves as a convenience store / gas station). We then headed north to Maple Valley Junction to Little Gus’s for some post-lunch beers and good times.

If you are interested in a tour of the TR distillery, please visit our tours page for dates and times.

Templeton Rye Distillery Bar unveiled at Uncle Buck’s

November 6th, 2008


Uncle Buck’s, an Iowa-themed bar full of reclaimed barn wood located in West Des Moines, has recently added a special touch: the Templeton Rye Distillery Bar. We worked with their designers to recreate the personality and aura of our distillery inside their establishment.

The TR Distillery Bar will feature various Templeton Rye cocktails including the Rye and Ginger, Shirley Templeton, Classic Manhattan, Templeton Boilermaker and The Capone. The detailed recipes for these cocktails can also be found on our website’s barkeep page.

Iowa Liquor Commissioner visits Templeton Rye Distillery

October 28th, 2008

Iowa Liquor Commissioner Lynn Walding lends a hand on the bottling line.

Lynn Walding, Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, recently visited the Templeton Rye distillery and toured our updated production, laboratory, warehouse, bottling and storage facilities. Commissioner Walding was joined by Steve Kuzynowski, Design Engineer for the Iowa ABD.

The tour concluded with lunch at the legendary Corner Station in Templeton, where we discussed distilleries in Iowa and how the Iowa ABD division operates. Distilleries are relatively new to Iowa, so we’re all learning as we go. We really appreciate Commissioner Walding taking the time to visit and tour our new-and-improved facility. Lynn is a former NABCA President and is well-known in the industry.

Recipes: Hot Cider and Rye

October 24th, 2008

Hot Cider and Templeton RyeFall has definitely arrived, and winter is close behind. Here’s a quick, delicious recipe to keep you warm (body and soul) during the changing seasons.

Hot Cider & Rye
1 1/2 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey
Hot apple cider

Concoct one yourself and let us know what you think!

For more Templeton Rye recipes, be sure to check out the Barkeep page on our website.

Tasted, tested and approved

October 23rd, 2008

On October 9, 2008, we rolled out a dozen barrels in Templeton to pull samples for tasting, testing and inventory. We proof tested the strength of the whiskey and tasted a sample from each barrel. The whiskey has been aging for roughly two-and-a-half years and is well on its way to becoming what you’d expect from Templeton Rye.

killmer_barrels.jpgTempleton Rye Brand Manager Michael Killmer rolls out the barrels of whiskey.

Distillery Manager Kevin Boersma proof tests one of the barrels.

TR stories: The adventures of Templeton the Turtle

October 15th, 2008

Gale Bishop, Emeritus Professor of Geology at Georgia Southern University, sent us a story about a white loggerhead sea turtle named “Templeton” that was released into the Atlantic Ocean on August 25th from St. Catherines Island.


Templeton the Turtle hatched on August 24, 2008 (one of 81 sibling loggerhead sea turtles from one nest). The nest had just survived the tempests of Tropical Storm Kay on the Georgia coast. Templeton was the second white turtle of the 2008 nesting season (that’s two among 8037 hatchlings). According to Gale, Templeton should return to St. Catherines Island in approximately 30 years as a sexually-mature sea turtle, after growing from the size of a silver dollar to the size of a large wash-tub. You can visit the SCI Sea Turtle Program website at www.scistp.org to learn about what’s happening with sea turtles on Georgia’s coast.

Gale also writes:

Templeton Rye is rapidly gaining favor (or is that flavor?) here on St. Catherines Island, which, in the best of Prohibition tradition, is “run in” by automobile from Northeast Iowa.

Thanks for the story, Gale! We’re delighted that Templeton Rye has found its way to Georgia, and we hope to spot Templeton the Turtle again in 30 years.

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

October 6th, 2008

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

View more stories on YouTube at our Templeton Rye channel.

Got a TR story of your own to share? Please leave a comment below, or click here to tell us all about it.

Our friends from Judge & Dolph pay a visit to Templeton

October 2nd, 2008

In September, we welcomed some friends from our Illinois distributor Judge & Dolph to spend a day in Templeton, Iowa. This included lunch at The Corner Station, a tour of the distillery and a “Templeton style” scavenger hunt.

We filmed part of our day, which can be viewed in the video below:

You may view more of our videos on YouTube by visiting the Templeton Rye channel.

Bottler Profile: Meet Pat Zubrod

October 2nd, 2008

Pat and her husband Meryln are two of the original Templeton Rye employees. If you are a fan of The Good Stuff, you would probably recognize Pat’s handwriting as she fills out the batch, barrel and bottle numbers on the back of each bottle.

Pat ZubrodPat was born on the south side of Des Moines and previously worked as a clerk at Templeton Savings Bank. Her main hobby is sewing, where she makes baby blankets for every single baby born at Manning Hospital. Amazingly, Pat is self-taught in the art of sewing and also makes baptismal gowns out of used wedding dresses. Our Iowa Magazine recently featured her work in a segment called “Iowa Go-Getters.”

Pat’s favorite food is spaghetti and she is most likely to be found at home cleaning on a Saturday afternoon. She lists her brother as her hero, adding “He went through a lot in his short life but was always helping someone, even me.”

Pat and Merlyn have two dachshunds, Penny and Molly and her favorite color is red. As a non-drinker, all she can say about the difference between Templeton Rye and the bootleg recipe is that Templeton Rye is legal.

Recipes: The Temptress

September 23rd, 2008

Juli Hale from Des Moines, Iowa, shared this great TR cocktail recipe with us:

The Temptress
Ginger Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup chopped fresh ginger
In a small saucepan combine water, sugar, and ginger. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let cool to room temperature. Strain and discard ginger.

The cocktail
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add the juice of half a lime
3/4 oz. ginger simple syrup
2 oz. Templeton rye
Cover and shake well; strain into a cocktail glass

This is the first cocktail I have ever created. As a recovering Mormon, I’m awfully proud of myself.

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