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Templeton Rye celebrates one million bottles

Templeton Rye Whiskey Distillery has gone from a small, rural Iowa operation to supplying whiskey in 40 states in just eight years.

They've officially shipped off their one millionth bottle of rye whiskey, an event that Governor Terry Branstad stopped in Templeton to help celebrate. "What a great job they've done of taking a really world-class, quality product, and recreating what was a legendary thing that occurred here in Templeton," Gov. Terry Branstad said.

Governor Branstad said Templeton's success is an example of why he puts such an emphasis on small business startups in Iowa.
"They're a great example of entrepreneurship and growth and community spirit, and it's got a lot of interesting history behind it. I think it's something that more Iowans should come and see and enjoy," Gov. Branstad said.
Since the opening of this legal facility in 2005, Templeton Rye has been very successful in Iowa, and all over the country.

Company officials say there's a reason they chose to celebrate their one millionth bottle on the anniversary of prohibition.

Templeton Rye got its beginnings in prohibition, one of many alcohol products illegally made and sold. But Templeton Rye had an edge on the black market competition. "We made alcohol illegal in the United States and all of this really poor product was being made. Templeton was a high-end alternative to the stuff that could make people blind, or even die. Then the whole Capone gang got wind of Templeton and it became really a big deal during prohibition," Scott Bush, President of Templeton Rye said.
Legends of hollowed out tombstones used for money drop-off and bottle pick-up, different signals sellers used to alert customers that the whiskey was ready for pickup, all write the history of a product illegal for decades, but now legally bottled in Northwest Iowa and sold across the United States.

"It's really satisfying that we're getting a lot of notoriety across the country because our product really celebrates the state of Iowa," Bush said.

Templeton Rye decided to ship their one millionth bottle out into the state of Iowa at random.

They'll release the bottle's serial number one number at a time until January 17th, Al Capone's birthday.

If you have the one millionth bottle, you're entitled to a surprise and a free tour of the distillery.
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