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Big Blue Blueberry Liqueur

Formerly known as “Pride of the Wapsi” Strawberry, we renamed this one in 2021 as Pride of the Wapsi is no longer producing strawberries.

Our River Pilot Vodka is infused with fresh strawberries and redistilled for one of nature’s freshest flavors. The essence and aroma of the strawberry provides a one of a kind delight. Enjoy this limited summertime offering while you can.

We first bottled this in July of 2013. Our Seasonal release spirits allow us to bring one-of-a-kind expressions to the market and partner with other local companies in the process. Uniquely local and uniquely flavorful. Enjoy the genuine sweetness of honey and the exceptional taste of Iowa.

River Pilot Strawberry Vodka bottle

Our difference is our grain to glass approach

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!

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Mississippi River Distilling Company

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