Templeton Rye – from Landlocked to Denmark

August 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

One of the interesting documentary films being screened during the 8th annual Landlocked Film Festival is Whisky Cookers. As a matter of fact, it is having its World Premiere with the filmmaker Dan Manatt in attendance. The film tells the story of how a small Iowa town, Templeton in Carroll County, survived the Great Depression. In the 1930s the town had around 400 inhabitants and its main industry was production of bootleg rye whiskey. They used three railroad cars of sugar a month to produce the whiskey.

With the repeal of Prohibition, the population of Templeton dwindled to around 300, but with the start of legitimate production of Templeton Rye in the 1970s, based on one of the originally used recipes, the town’s population is increasing.

The whiskey is distributed in most of the USA, and when my husband and I travel overseas we bring it, legitimately at one bottle each, as gifts to friends. It is appreciated in Denmark, where our friends have composed a special Templeton Rye toast:


(Hele Iowa i et slurp, courtesy of Villy and Annelise, Copenhagen)


Whiskey Cookers: The Amazing Story of the Templeton, Iowa Bootleggers, will screen at Landlocked on Saturday, August 23, 2014, in the Englert Theatre at 5:30 p.m.


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