The Iowa Distilling Company Small-Batch Process

Local Ingredients, Hand Distilled in Ridiculously Small Batches

Most American whiskey is made in factories humming with computer-controlled machinery. That method certainly makes a lot of whiskey in a hurry…but that is not our method.

augerOur process starts when we visit our local farmers’ coop to purchase Iowa corn. It is the best corn on the planet, grown by farmers who know a thing or two about growing corn. We bring the corn back to our distillery in Cumming, Iowa, where we grind it into flour.

 

 

 

 

 

liquidmashWe mix the corn flour with pure water and cook it in our stainless steel tanks. Then we add water, malt, and yeast and allow it to ferment naturally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

cowsOnce the yeast has converted the sugar from the corn starches into alcohol, we separate the liquid wash from the grain solids. That grain is then donated to local farmers to feed Warren County’s happiest livestock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

columnThe liquid wash from a fermenter goes directly into our stills. Our small pot stills are made entirely of stainless steel, copper, and glass. We fill them by hand and monitor them constantly to ensure that every batch of whiskey has consistent quality and characteristics.

After we distill our whiskey, we distill it again, at least one more time. This second distillation makes a smooth whiskey even smoother. Finally, we add pure water to reduce the whiskey’s final proof before bottling.