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Farmer Brown Whiskey


Farmer Brown Whiskey is a collaboration with our friends at Great River Brewery in Davenport.

Farmer Brown Ale is one of our favorite local brews.  Rich with chocolate malts, it has been a hit on its own and also barrel aged in Cody Road whiskey barrels. Now, you can taste it as a whiskey! We took over 3,000 gallons of Farmer Brown Ale wash and distilled the alcohol out of it. We put that spirit into used Cody Road Bourbon barrels and let it soak for over two years.  The result is a wonderfully unique exploration of the brew.

Rich chocolate, a snip of hops and mild barrel flavors bring a whole new symphony of flavors. Sit down with a glass of Farmer Brown Ale next to a glass of Farmer Brown Whiskey and see what flavors you can trace through the distillation. Only 1,000 bottles of this unique whiskey were released.

Farmer Brown Whiskey 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!

Where to Buy

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