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Our Story

Authentic Craft Spirits.

Located in the heartland, on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, where life on the land is intimately married to the flow of the waters. That marriage of land and water is  embodied in our handcrafted spirits. We create liquors slow and pure. Born from the finest grains, sourced from local farmers. We know where every kernel comes from. What you’ll find in our bottles was made for you, not 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.  It was important to us that our spirits would be local and authentic.  Even as we’ve grown, that remains the core of our brand.

We started in 2010 as a unique idea between two brothers. But our little distillery has grown into one of the top craft distilleries in the country. We might be bigger and make more than we did when we started, but our commitment to authentic craft spirits hasn’t changed. Our hometown roots will always be the cornerstone of our growing business.

We know you’ll appreciate the hard work that each 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.

MRDC Filling bottles of whiskey

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Mississippi River Distilling Company

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. The still was handmade in 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.

The still consists of a  handmade German boiling pot and two tall copper rectification columns. Those columns house distillation plates that allow us to distill the purest vodka up to 95% alcohol. We can also turn off some or all of those plates to make whiskey in a traditional pot still fashion or anything in between. It gives us the flexibility to be as creative as we want to be with our distillates. We have affectionately named her “Rose” as she has the curves of a beautiful woman and is the true “River Rose” at our distillery.

The building layout was constructed around Rose and whether you look in from the street or have a drink in our grand tasting room, she’ll always have an eye on you. It’s beauty you must behold in person. Stop by to say hello with a distillery tour soon.

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MRDC Still
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Mississippi River Distilling Company

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