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ONE MILLION: Templeton Rye Milestone

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An Iowa whiskey company is hitting a major milestone and you can get into the spirit.

Templeton Rye is filling its one millionth bottle of whiskey Wednesday. The Prohibition-era recipe has been produced legally for seven years now.

The millionth bottle will have a nine-digit code printed on it. It will be sent for distribution and eventually put on a shelf somewhere in Iowa.

The person who discovers the bottle will be invited to the distillery for a tour and tasting with the master distiller and co-founder of Templeton Rye.

Thursday marks the anniversary of the day Prohibition was repealed 80 years ago.


  • Hugo S LaVia

    Templeton Rye refers to rye whiskey originally made in Templeton, Iowa during the prohibition era as a way for farmers in the Carroll County area to supplement their income.[1] Amber in color, it was considered to be of particularly high quality and was popular in Chicago, Omaha, and Kansas City speakeasies.[2] It was said to be the mobster Al Capone’s favourite drink.[3] More recently “Templeton Rye” has been introduced as a brand of whiskey that its producer claims is based on a prohibition-era recipe. Distribution outside of Iowa began in August 2007.[4] Templeton Rye is distilled and aged at Lawrenceburg Distillers[5] in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and is shipped to Iowa by tanker truck. It is then bottled at an Iowa facility. Lawrenceburg Distillers is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGP Ingredients,[6] a corporation headquartered in Atchison, Kansas.

  • Rebecca Hergert

    It’s sad when people have to look to alcohol to have fun.
    My husband & I thought also they were too cheap just giving out a free tour & not maybe a free bottle of booze or a dinner-Turkey/Ham/all the trimmings.

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