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July 30, 2019

Law Change Allows New Offerings at Quad Cities Distillery

More changes are in the works thanks to recently signed legislation in the state of Iowa.  We are now be able to sell local wine and beer at the distillery!

“The new law allows a distillery to also hold a winery or brewery permit.” said owner Garrett Burchett.  “We are now licensed federally and by the State of Iowa as a distillery and a winery.  That opens the door to wine and beer sales.”

The bill was the second law change in three years that has opened doors for the distillery.  In July of 2017, Iowa law changed to allow cocktail sales by the glass.  The second bill passed earlier in 2019 and allows the distillery to also operate as a winery and sell Iowa made wines. “Our friends at Wide River Winery are helping us with our wine production to start.” said owner Ryan Burchett  “We will offer four wines including a sweet white, a dry white, a dry red and a Cody Road Bourbon barrel aged red.”

As for beer, owners say they want to keep it local.  “We won’t be making our own beer.” said Garrett.  “Everything we do is about being local.  With that in mind, we plan to feature all local breweries.  We have several who are aging beers in our barrels, so we’d like to showcase that.  Our first beers on tap will be Doc’s Blonde Ale from Green Tree Brewery in LeClaire and Anniversary Stout from Crawford Brew Works in Bettendorf which is an imperial stout aged in Cody Road Bourbon Barrels.”

These changes come on the heels of an announced expansion of the distillery storefront on Cody Road (U.S. Highway 67) in downtown LeClaire.  The company is investing more than $1 million in developing an event venue between the distillery and neighboring Green Tree Brewery.

“The ability to sell wine and beer will open up opportunities for our event space when it is completed later this year.” said Ryan.  “With everything local in the forefront, it will allow us to offer a very unique entertainment venue right on the banks of the Mississippi.” 

The construction project is planned to begin in August and be open before the end of the year.  The beer and wine service will begin on August 2nd as the distillery marks their 100th “First Friday” celebration.  The distillery has been throwing a party with free food and drinks samples on the first Friday of every month for over 8 years now.

“It’s so exciting to see this evolve and grow.” said Garrett.  “It keeps things fresh and fun.  We hope people who haven’t been here for a while will come and see all the new changes.”

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