News From Templeton Rye – American Whiskey News




Straight from the still

Dear friends,

Well, we are less than six months from our inventory situation improving with the release of Batch 4. We continue to send product to Iowa and Illinois at the beginning of each month and I plan to keep you all informed on Facebook when the product goes out. Scott also wrote a detailed overview of our allocation plan, which you can see below (Iowa allocation forecast).

In the meantime we are really excited about our 3rd Annual Rock and Rye Celebration with the Templeton Community Betterment Association on Saturday, July 31st. Our friends the Nadas will be headlining and we are excited to have them back in Templeton. We will be hosting free distillery tours for ticket holders from 4-6 pm and local favorite Aged Spirits will be the opening act.

Something new for this year is charter buses to and from Des Moines. They are air-conditioned motor coaches with restrooms, and folks can bring their own beverages on the trip. The buses will take you to and from the distillery and there will be cabs available in Des Moines when the buses return. So basically there is no excuse not to join us in Templeton for one of the best nights of the summer!

For additional details and to purchase tickets, please visit We look forward to seeing you on July 31st and showing you some Templeton hospitality.

Rye crop update

Last year we planted and harvested our first crop of rye on the distillery property in Templeton. We used a portion of our home-grown rye to make our last batch and are working to increase the quality and size of our crop. This year’s crop is about three feet tall right now and is a beautiful blue/green. We will analyze it after harvest and hopefully use some in upcoming batches.

Kevin Boersma, Distillery Manager, Templeton Rye


Iowa allocation forecast: The light at the end of the tunnel

Dear friends,

Greetings from Templeton. We are a ways into a long winter here in Iowa, but spring is in sight and it is officially 2010, the year when our expanded inventory starts to come on-line.

As many of you know, our product is aged in oak barrels for more than four years so we are only able to sell today what we distilled in 2006. We refused to rush our product or sacrifice quality, which has led to a long game of hurry-up-and-wait.

We started to expand production at the end of 2006 and that product begins to come on-line late this year. The bad news is that inventory will continue to be very lean until then. The good news is that we hope and expect to have a much larger and more stable inventory in place for Iowa and Illinois in time for Christmas and after the first of next year.

Until then, we will continue to ask for your patience. We currently sell about 70% of our product in Iowa and will continue to send product to the State Liquor Warehouse each month. You can see our actual Iowa case allocation for 2010 and early 2011 below. And, yes, we’ll be giving thanks in November that December and beyond looks much better.


Thank you all for your continued support. We are just getting started and are very excited about the future of Templeton Rye.

All the best,
Scott Bush
President, Templeton Rye

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