LeClaire, IA, December 21, 2011 – The homegrown allure of locally made spirits has caught the attention of a national news anchor. John Roberts, Senior National Correspondent for FOX News and former anchor and reporter for CNN and CBS News, toured Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire while visiting family in the area over the weekend. He was so enamored with the distillery and tour that he decided to tell the story to the world.
Roberts penned a “Food & Drink” feature article for FoxNews.com. “When you walk into the tasting room, with its expansive view of the Mississippi River, you’re hooked.” he wrote. Roberts contacted distillers Ryan and Garrett Burchett on Tuesday to ask a few questions for the story.
“What was really cool about talking with John is that he sincerely enjoyed his time at the distillery. It’s always fun to hear different impressions from tourists about what we’re doing here. It’s a real thrill to have someone who has seen the world tell us he gets a kick out of what we’re doing here and enjoys our products.” said Ryan.
Garrett gave the tour to John and his family. As mentioned in the story, John was worried that he asked too many questions. “We get a lot of questions on every tour. So I never thought twice about it.” said Garrett. “But I guess it’s not every day that you’re questioned by a national news correspondent.”
The brothers told John that if he makes it back to Iowa for the January Caucuses, they’d love to have him back to check on the progress of the next batch of Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey. The whiskey was sold out while John was on his visit.
You can read John’s entire article online at:
Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays. Free public tours are offered daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment. The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process and ends in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples for patrons over 21 years old. The distillery will be closed December 25 and 26 as well as January 1 for the holidays.