Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture

Garrett and Ryan Burchett, the owners of Mississippi River Distilling Company, are turning local corn into local beverages. The outfit demonstrates that buying local isn’t limited to the farmers market and shows the value for Iowa’s farmer veterans to think creatively about niche markets.

Market to Market recently did a story on the distilling brothers, who are also hosting a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day September 19, 2013 at their distillery. More details on the field day are found below.

Distilling with Local Small Grains PFI Field Day

Date: September 19, 2013

Time: 10:30 – 12


Garrett and Ryan Burchett
Mississippi River Distilling Company
303 N. Cody Rd.
Le Claire, IA 52753
(563) 484-4342


Tour the distillery and see the entire process, from cleaning, milling and cooking the grain to the fermentation, distillation, blending, aging and bottling of spirits. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of the distillery’s rye whiskey and bourbon made with grains harvested from PFI’s Cooperators’ Program in 2012.


• Process of making spirits using locally-grown small grains
• Small grain purchasing
• Whiskey / bourbon tasting


Brothers Garrett and Ryan Burchett started Mississippi River Distilling Company in 2010. Since then it has already won several awards for its high-quality spirits. Mississippi River Distilling Company is one of a handful of “grain to glass” distilleries in the country that handle every step of the distilling process in small batches. Garrett and Ryan are also committed in sourcing their ingredients locally by closely working with area farmers.


From Interstate 80, take Exit 306 for U.S. 67 toward Le Claire / Bettendorf. Turn left onto U.S. 67 / S Cody Road and go northeast for about 2 miles.

Sponsored by: Genetic Enterprises International and Iroquois Valley Farms

To see other upcoming events that may be of interest to Iowa veterans in agriculture visit our Events portal.

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