Le Claire, Iowa, June 28, 2017 – When the Mississippi River Distilling Company opens their doors on Saturday morning, they will be the first distillery in the state to sell a cocktail. A new law goes into effect July 1 and the local distillery plans to hit the ground running.
“We’ve been waiting for almost five years for this law to become a reality.” Said owner and distiller Ryan Burchett. “We don’t want to let a day go by that we can’t take advantage of it.”
The law was one that Mississippi River Distilling Company took a very active role in getting passed. After introducing legislation in five straight sessions, the law was finally signed by Governor Branstad in May. The new law allows distilleries to sell the products they make by the glass and increases sales and production limits that had been on the books previously.
Stephen Larson, Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, issued the first of the new licenses last week. “With the passage of House File 607, native distillers can now serve the products they manufacture by the glass, provided that they have the proper license and insurance.” Noted Larson. “As it happens, Mississippi River Distilling Company was the first native distiller to obtain their special license, which takes effect July 1, 2017. ”
Owners look forward to using that license to offer a new experience to their fans starting this weekend. “This is such a unique opportunity for people who are looking for something different. We make it here and oyu can enjoy it here.” said owner and distiller Garrett Burchett. “We think people will find an experience here that’s really different than anything else they’ve experienced in this area.”
The tasting room has been remodeled and renamed the “Cody Road Cocktail House” and will showcase over 20 feature cocktails made with local spirits. “Since we can only serve spirits we make here, we get the opportunity to really be creative and find flavors that everyone can enjoy.” added Burchett.
The Cody Road Cocktail House has expanded hours into the evening. With Green Tree Brewery right next door and Wide River winery’s tasting room just a couple blocks away, people will have opportunities to explore beer , wine and spirits in a new way. “We think people will really enjoy the synergy between our businesses here in LeClaire. We all have something unique and different to offer.” said Burchett.
The distillery will still offer free tours, but now will be able to expand offerings to allow outdoor seating overlooking the river, live music, cocktails classes, cooking events and more.
The distillery is opening Saturday at 10 am for what they are calling their “soft launch” with the grand opening celebration coming on Friday, July 7. “People keep asking why it’s a soft opening when we are telling everyone.” laughed Burchett. “But what that means is people may have to be patient for a few days. We have a handful of cocktails that we will wait until Friday to premier and some other tricks up our sleeves. But all those people who have been waiting with us, we will be open all week leading up to the ribbon cutting on Friday.”