Le Claire, Iowa. It’s a special place.

A place where life on the land is intimately married to the flow of the waters. For centuries, people here have looked to the water for a sense of calm, a spirit of enjoyment and a connection to a heritage that is uniquely their own.

That marriage of land and water is now embodied in a different kind of spirit. We produce liquors hand crafted slow and pure. Born from the finest grains, harvested just up the hill from the distillery. It’s a spirit born of land and water that draws each of us curiously back to a different era. Made for you, not for for the masses.

We’re a family owned and operated company. We believe in stewardship of our land and water. We know that the family farm is an important part of our community and our culture here. And we believe in quality above all else.

We hope you’ll appreciate the hard work that each hand signed bottle represents. We hope you’ll share some with your friends, then come to Le Claire and say hello so we can show you what makes us so proud about the wonderful place we call home.

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Grain to glass

Grain to glass

We’re surrounded by some of the finest grain fields in the world. It only makes sense to make the finest spirits from that grain as well. We purchase farm fresh grain, directly from the farmers who grow it. 100% of our grains come from within 25 miles of our distillery.

Take our tour and you can see the entire process of spirit making from beginning to end. We’re one of a handful of distillers in the U.S. who take the “grain to glass” small batch distillation approach.  What “grain to glass” means is that we handle every step of the process ourselves, taking our fresh grain and make it into your favorite liquors.

We sort and clean the grain and then mill it into a flour-like consistency. We cook the grain to make our mash and then add yeast to let it ferment. We distill the fermented mash and then filter it and blend it to proof. From there, it either goes into a barrel or a bottle. We bottle our spirits by hand.

The important thing is that it is all done under our watchful eye, under one roof. We don’t outsource anything. It’s not always efficient but we pride ourselves on inefficiencies that result in a premium product. We know you’ll grow to appreciate our “grain to glass” approach once our spirits go from that glass onto your taste-buds!

Our team

Mississippi River Distilling Company started in 2010 after two brothers, Ryan & Garrett Burchett, decided to take a chance on a dream. What started as a crazy idea, grew into an opportunity to create something that these parts hadn’t seen since prohibition. A chance to create truly home grown, handmade spirits.

We’re a small but mighty group here at Mississippi River Distilling Company. The handwriting on the neck of each bottle we sell is a testament to the hard work and love that goes into each batch of our spirits. Meet the people who bring our area’s finest grains to your rocks glass.

Meet our team

thank a farmer

Like our stuff? Thank a farmer.

That’s what we like to tell people who appreciate our spirits. It’s the hard work of local farmers that makes Mississippi River Distilling Company’s products so special. If you appreciate the fine quality that only comes from the freshest ingredients… If you believe in honest hard work and the integrity of the family farm… If you know that a commitment to quality takes some extra time… If you’re looking to experience pleasure far beyond taste in the bottom of your glass… You’ve come to the right place.

Meet the farmers who keep us connected with the land around us:

Ryan & Dan Clark
Le Claire, Iowa
Corn & livestock

Tracy Doonan
Reynolds, Illinois
Wheat, rye and barley

Dan Schurr
LeClaire, Iowa

Our still

There’s nothing prettier than looking out over the Mississippi River from our distillery while watching the sunlight dance across the gleaming copper and stainless steel jewel that is our still.

Our still was handmade by Kothe Distilling Technologies in Eislingen, Germany and it is a remarkable piece of equipment. The best part about it is it provides us with the flexibility to make about any distillate we decide we put our minds to. We were fortunate enough to spend time in Germany training with some of Europe’s finest distillers to get the most out of our equipment.

We have affectionately named her “Rose” as she has the curves of a beautiful woman and is the true “River Rose” at our distillery.

Learn more

our still
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