TEMPLETON - Each year they produce up to 1/2 million gallons of original proof whiskey, have a 54,688 square foot barrel aging warehouse, on a 20 acre lot on the edge of Templeton, and they've been making the "Good Stuff" for a long time.
In the early 1920's small town Iowans became outlaws - producing a very popular whiskey called Templeton Rye. The city of Templeton was established in 1882, and in 1919 Prohibition went into effect.
While it was in effect, barrels of "the Good Stuff" were produced, finding their way to speakeasies on trains in cattle cars.
Even after Prohibition ended, small batches continued to be produced illegally.
The first legal Templeton Rye was bottled and hit the shelves in 2006, and the company broke ground on the new distillery expansion in 2017.
The new Visitor Center and museum, aging warehouse and production facility opened in 2018.
Want to feel like a bootlegger? Learn more about how the "Good Stuff" is made? You can take a guided distillery and museum tour at the new Visitor Center.
The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 209 East Third Street in Templeton. Distillery Tour times are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30-11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm.; 1:30-3 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Since there is no production on Saturdays, the still will not be running and the bottling line will be down. Sunday and Monday tours are by appointment only.
Tours are $10 per guest over 21 years of age - please bring ID with you on the tour. They are complimentary for military personnel, and for guests under 21 years old. The tour group size is limited to 25 people, and larger groups should call the Visitor Center in advance to coordinate the tour.
Both the Distillery and Visitor Center are closed on holidays.
Check out more about Templeton Rye at https:templetonrye.com