Quad Cities getting new distillery

• From KCRG-TV

LeCLAIRE, IA - Construction has begun on a new distillery here that expects to begin operation later this year.

Mississippi River Distilling Co. plans to produce handmade premium gin, vodka and whiskey made from locally-grown grains. It would be the first distillery to operate in the Quad Cities since the end of Prohibition and the second eastern Iowa distillery to produce spirits from Iowa corn and other grains.

Cedar Ridge Vineyards Winery & Distillery in Swisher manufactures bourbon whiskey, brandy, gin, grappa, rum, vodka and wine from locally-grown fruits and grains. On July 1, Cedar Ridge became the first Iowa distillery to produce bourbon whiskey from corn since the end of Prohibition.

Garrett Burchett, a partner with Mississippi River Distilling, said the public will be able to tour the company’s distillery to see the production of vodka, gin and bourbon whiskey.

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