In 2005, Jeff and Laurie Quint founded Cedar Ridge Distillery because they believed it was time for Iowa–the number one corn-producing state in the U.S.–to share its homegrown Bourbon Whiskey with the world.
Today, as Iowa’s first and oldest distillery, Cedar Ridge provides premium Midwest whiskey from America’s grain belt, managing every step of production while allowing nature be the ultimate guide. Influenced by our heritage of winemaking and roots in agriculture, Cedar Ridge consistently produces high-quality award-winning products.
Cedar Ridge is on a mission to leave a legacy of whiskey in the Midwest.
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The Quint family has farmed and distilled spirits for generations. In 2005, Jeff and Laurie Quint founded Cedar Ridge because they believed it was time for Iowa–the number one corn-producing state in the U.S.–to share its homegrown Bourbon Whiskey with the world. Cedar Ridge was the first licensed distillery in Iowa since Prohibition.
After releasing its first batch of whiskey in 2010, Cedar Ridge Distillery quickly became a nationally recognized leader in craft spirits, winning multiple awards such as American Distilling Institute’s “2017 Distiller of the Year” or “Best American Craft Whiskey” at the 2016 New York World Spirits Competition.
From its rising American Single Malt to our multi-award-winning Iowa Bourbon, each bottle of Cedar Ridge whiskey offers the best of authentic Iowa craftsmanship. Iowa is home to the most fertile soil in the world. We’re proud of our reputation as a farming state. Local access to the highest-quality corn on earth helps us craft the finest bourbon you can find.
Its process is unique, affected by its specific location and even weather. You won’t find the Cedar Ridge taste anywhere else in the world. Cedar Ridge stores and mills our corn and grain on-site using 100% Iowa corn some of which is grown on our own family farm in Winthrop, Iowa. Lautering our mash separates the liquid wort and spent grain. The wort is then fermented and distilled, while the spent grain is hauled off as animal feed for local farmers. Twice distilling our whiskeys to a higher proof and removing the impurities results in a cleaner, more approachable sipping whiskey.
Allowing nature to be the ultimate guide in aging, Cedar Ridge transfers the whiskey to barrels and stores them in non-temperature controlled rick houses. Iowa’s consistently inconsistent weather aids in the expansion and contraction of the barrels, allowing the whiskey to take on the rich aromas and flavors more quickly than in other regions. This being said, Mother Nature takes her cut – at a rate of 18% vs. the industry standard of 12%.