The first legal bourbon distilled in Iowa since the repeal of Prohibition hit the market this week.
Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery & Distillery, located in Swisher, near Cedar Rapids, already had a line of spirits under the name Clearheart. The new bourbon bears the Cedar Ridge brand name.
It is made with a mash containing nearly 75% corn. Under new state law, Cedar Ridge is able to sell the bourbon directly from its facility in Swisher. Barrel No. 1 was sold out in advance, and current sales are from Barrel No. 2.
The unveiling is being made at a four-day Bourbon, Blues & BBQ Festival on the premises. It is Cedar Ridge's first summer season at its new facility.
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