Carroll County Distiller Receives State Grant

A well known whiskey maker is getting help from the state to begin distilling its product at a bottling facility in west-central Iowa.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on Friday approved a request for nearly $1.6 million in tax benefits to help Templeton Rye with the expansion project. Documents show Templeton Rye plans to spend $26 million to build two barrel-aging warehouses in Templeton, a small town in Carroll County where the company has been located since 2003. The expansion is expected to create 27 jobs.

Last year, Templeton Rye settled lawsuits over its recipe and claims that the product was made in Iowa. Templeton Rye brand whiskey is currently distilled and aged in Lawrenceburg, Indiana — but bottled in Iowa.

(Radio Iowa story by Pat Curtis)