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Rock Island, IL, April 15, 2016 – Two of the Quad Cities’ favorite flavors are meeting as Bent River Brewing Company’s Uncommon Stout meets Mississippi River Distilling Company’s Cody Road Bourbon.

“We’ve had a lot of fun messing around with barrel-aged beer that we’ve tapped occasionally at our bar,” said Bent River’s Co-Owner and General Manager, Nick Bowes. “We thought it was time to step up to a wider release. The guys in LeClaire have been great to share their barrels, so we figured we should start at the top with our most popular beer, Uncommon Stout.”

Ryan Burchett, Owner and distiller at Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire, said he had one request when approached with the idea: “When Bent River said they wanted to do a larger-scale, barrel-aged beer, I pleaded with them to use Uncommon Stout. It’s one of my all-time favorites.”

Mississippi River Distilling Company gave Bent River over thirty of their oak whiskey casks that had been used to age Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey. The barrels went to Bent River’s Rock Island Brewery and Distribution Center where they were filled with a special batch of Uncommon Stout.

“We needed a big beer for the aging process,” added Bowes. “We doubled up the grain to really bring home the flavor. The rich oatmeal and coffee flavors dance perfectly with the vanilla and bourbon notes from the oak. It is big, sweet and delicious!”

Burchett says it’s all about being local: “Cody Road Bourbon is made from grain sourced directly from farmers within twenty-five miles of our distillery. Uncommon Stout is one of the quintessential Quad Cities brands. So to work with a local partner to do something unique to the Quad Cities is a ton of fun for us.”

The result: Barrel Aged Double Uncommon Stout will be sold as four-packs of specialty bottles. Each bottle hand-dipped in yellow wax to seal the cap. Bowes expects it will be a collector’s item for many Quad Cities beer fans: “This is what our biggest fans have been asking for. I know a lot of these bottles are going to be cherished and kept for a while. We kicked up the coffee so that if someone put a bottle away for a couple years, all the flavors would still stand tall.”

The beer is being released on Saturday, April 16th, at the Bent River’s Rock Island location. Tickets to the launch party have been sold out for weeks. “Whatever is left after [the 16th] will be distributed to retail stores,” said Bowes. “We don’t expect to have a whole lot left, though.”

Plans are already in the works to do the beer again next year. But beer isn’t the end of the project. Mississippi River Distilling Co. will also introduce a new, limited edition whiskey collaboration with Bent River later this year. The distillery took some of the barrels back after Bent River was done aging beer in them. “We transferred two-year old Cody Road Bourbon back into those barrels for finishing. After a little over six months, we will bottle that whiskey. We’re calling it Cody Road Uncommon Double Barrel. The residual Uncommon Stout flavors should make it really interesting,” said Burchett. “We’ll release it at the distillery on Black Friday. The guys at Bent River are even saving back a keg or two of Double Uncommon Stout so we can have a release party with the whiskey and have the two side by side.”

Barrel Aged Double Uncommon Stout getting their wax dip.

Bent River Brewers & MRDC Distillers chip in to bottle Double Uncommon Stout

Le Claire, Iowa, February 19, 2015 – As demand for their Cody Road Whiskey grows, Mississippi River Distilling Company is partnering with another local business to grow their production.

This Friday, Crawford Brewing Equipment, a division of the Crawford Company in Rock Island, Illinois, will deliver and install a new 1,400 gallon mash tank at the distillery.  The new mash tank has been custom built to specifications from MRDC and will nearly triple the distillery’s brewing capacity.

“When we started, we brought most of our equipment over from Germany.”  said co-owner and distiller Ryan Burchett.  “It makes it tough to get parts for repairs when you have to go half way around the globe.  We noticed the great work Crawford Company did building the equipment for Front Street Brewery in Davenport.  So we asked them if they could help us as well.”

Keith Gerks, division manager for Crawford Brewing Equipment said it wasn’t a big stretch for them to build a tank for a distillery.  “The principles are the same as for our beer tanks.  These guys actually need less equipment on the inside than the beer equipment.  It was just a matter of making it big enough so the distillery could continue to grow with it.”

“We love to work locally.” said Burchett.  “It’s what our brand is built on.  All of our spirits are made from grain sourced from farmers within 25 miles of the place.  We thought why not use equipment made locally too?”

The growth is part of a large scale push to increase production at the small distillery.  “Our spirits continue to turn heads in the marketplace.” said co-owner and distiller Garrett Burchett.  “We’ve been winning awards across the country and now our products are available in 25 states.  So with more people asking for it, we need to make more of it.”

The distillery just finished the addition of a 1,500 square foot barrel storage room.  The new barrel room triples the whiskey storage capacity of the small distillery.  “We have to make the whiskey now that we plan to sell in a few years because of the aging process.” Burchett added.  “This new mash tank will allow us to distill a lot more whiskey and the new barrel room gives us the storage to have more aging than ever before.”

Mississippi River Distilling Company is entering their 5th year of operation in LeClaire.  Along with the growth of the distillery, construction is underway on the new Green Tree Brewery business next door to the north.  Local restaurateur Barrel House is planning to begin construction on a new restaurant this spring as a neighbor to the distillery on the south.  “It’s really exciting to see this end of downtown LeClaire coming together.”  said Burchett.  “This is becoming one of the premier places in the entire region for tourists and locals alike to enjoy shopping, dining and to enjoy a good drink!”

Iowish Whiskey Limited Release

February 12th, 2015

The luck of the Iowish is with us!  Releasing just in time for St. Patrick’s Day parties, it’s IOWISH WHISKEY!  This limited edition whiskey is made from 100% Iowa corn.  Made in Iowa… Made from Iowa corn… It’s as Iowish as you can get!!  This is a one-of-a-kind Iowa spirit that is only available for a short time.  With 2,000 bottles available, we hope to keep it on shelves through St. Patrick’s Day.  Then it’s gone until next year!

Our seasonal Stone Fence Apple Cider Whiskey is back!  Our winter seasonal draws off a bit of history. Legend has it that Buffalo Bill Cody’s cocktail of choice was the “Stone Fence” which is apple cider and rye whiskey. Our Cody Road Rye Whiskey comes out of the barrel at around 100 proof. We usually add water to it to take it down to bottling proof. This time, we added fresh apple cider from Gravert’s Apple Orchard in Sabula, Iowa for a one of a kind flavor.

Distillery Expanding In LeClaire

Le Claire, Iowa, September 9, 2014 – Mississippi River Distilling Company is breaking ground on a new barrel storage warehouse and patio area in downtown LeClaire.  The nearly four year old distillery is increasing their footprint in order to age more of their popular Cody Road Bourbon and Cody Road Rye whiskies.

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Iowish Cream Liqueur is here!

September 4th, 2014

Handmade with corn harvested by local Iowa farmers, Iowish Cream has the perfect sweet kiss of Iowa corn along with coffee from the Iowa Coffee Company, cinnamon and vanilla for a one of a kind Iowish treat. Perfect for an after dinner sipper or amazing in a cocktail. Raise a glass to the luck O’ the Iowish!

Perfect for summer, our newest seasonal packs the big sweetness of fresh peaches.  We added peaches and sugar to our River Pilot Vodka and the result is delicious!  We only made 3,000 bottles of this summer treat and it will be gone fast.  So get yours while you can!

The wait is over!  Pride of the Wapsi Strawberry Vodka is back for summer time!  You might be wondering how we got our hands on strawberries so soon?   Read more »

One of our most popular seasonals ever is back and this time it is better than ever!  We are ready to release our third installment of Queen Bee Honey Whiskey on April 4, 2014. Read more »

CHICAGO LOOKS TO IOWA TO CELEBRATE WHISKEY WEEK

Chicago, IL, April 21, 2014 –  For the world of whiskey, all eyes are on Chicago this week.  Whiskey Week 2014 kicked off Monday and a little bit of Iowa will help make the week extra special.

Delilah’s, a whiskey bar that is regularly hailed as one of the best whiskey selections in the world, will be marking Whiskey Week with a special night featuring two Iowa favorites.  On Wednesday night, Danielle Colby-Cushman of American Pickers fame will join owner and distiller Ryan Burchett from Mississippi River Distilling Company for a special night of music and cocktails.  Danielle will be spinning tunes from the DJ booth while Ryan mixes special cocktail featuring his spirits behind the bar from 7 to 10 PM. Read more »