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Cody Road Bourbon Released LastFriday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:19
LeClaire, Iowa, May 30, 2012 – Mississippi River Distilling Company will release the third batch of Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey on Friday, June 1, 2012. 

Both first and second releases of the whiskey sold out across Iowa in Illinois within a week of their respective release dates.  With this third batch also comes a slightly larger quantity of bottles as 1,500 bottles to be distributed around Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.  MRDC’s retail shop in Le Claire will have 80 bottles for sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday.  Due to the high demand, sales at the distillery will be limited to one bottle per person.  The Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division is limiting retailers to six bottles per store, per week to help spread the supply.

Owner and distiller Ryan Burchett says to expect another quick sale.  “Last time we released bourbon, people were lined up down the street waiting for us to open.  We were sold out in an hour,” said Ryan.  “I’m not sure a day has gone by since that someone hasn’t stopped in or called to see if we have any more.  Unfortunately, this batch likely won’t last much longer than the last one.”

In Iowa, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division will be limiting stores to 6 bottles each until the bourbon is gone.  The supply is expected to sell out to retailers within a day of release.

Distillers Ryan and Garrett Burchett continue to work on increasing the supply to match demand.  Starting in November, the distillery will begin releasing 1,000 bottles per week.  They hope by the end of 2012 it will be easier to find a bottle on store shelves.

This Friday also marks the distillery’s monthly First Friday.  This open house social will be held June 1 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.  While the bourbon is expected to sell out during the day at the distillery, there will be some available for tasting during the First Friday event.  MRDC will feature food from the Crane and Pelican restaurant, another Le Claire establishment.  There will also be two signature drinks for the evening.  We’ll be sampling the “Bees Knees,” a drink featuring River Rose Gin, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice and honey.  The second cocktail will be a combination of MRDC’s Queen Bee Honey Whiskey and lemonade.  Both are cool and refreshing cocktails for summertime!  Free samples of both food and drink will be served and the complete recipes can be found at our website        

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.  


Hardly Bland and American Great Steak Now Open at SouthPark Mall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleshia Chiesa   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:53
Who: Hardly Bland is a new fast food option in the food court at SouthPark Mall. Hemanth Nagaraj opened Hardly Bland on April 24. Hemanth is a graduate of LeCordon Bleu® College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, IL where he studied Indian cuisine.

American Great Steak is open in the food court at SouthPark Mall. This features tender cheese steak sandwiches, turkey clubs and made- to-order fresh fries.

What: Both food options are now open.

SouthPark Mall Hardly Bland & American Great Steak
4500 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265


Mean Mel's offers outdoor seating on deck overlooking Mississippi River PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Monday, 14 May 2012 09:29

Mean Mel's Steakhouse, located at 708 South Main Street in Port Byron, has opened up their outdoor deck for additional seating while dining at the restaurant.

The deck overlooks the Mississippi River and gives diners a wonderful view of the river and the landscape along and across the river.

Please call Mean Mel's Steakhouse at (309) 523-2877 to make reservations (accepted but not required).

For more information, visit:

SAWYER BEEF - The Best Beef You Can Bite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 07:55

Sawyer Beef is local grown Black Angus beef from Princeton, Iowa. A family farm that is 5 generations strong raising some of the best beef this side of the Mississippi! We now have Grass Fed beef raised on rotational pasture grazing.

  • Sawyer Beef is Beef without routine antibiotics, hormones or preservatives!
  • Sawyer Beef is locally raised on our Quad City area farm.
  • Sawyer Beef is federally inspected for meat sold outside of Iowa and state inspected for meat sold in Iowa.

We have all retail cuts and sides of beef available for purchase at the farm, several farmer's markets and grocery retail locations around the Quad City area.

We now have ¼ Beef Bundles available. Click here to learn more about the Beef Bundles.

Visit us online at

Thank you for choosing buy locally and support local farmers and the local economy.


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Written by Laura Prichard   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:47


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Thurs., May 17, 7-9 p.m. • $25.00
Whether it’s a romantic date or you’re just feeling adventurous, picnics are the perfect way to enjoy a meal during the spring and summer months. Learn everything from how to plan the menu to how to prepare the dishes in this class.

Pies of all Kinds
Thurs., May 31, 7-9 p.m. • $25.00
Want to know the secret to making a flakey pie crust? This class is for you! We will teach you to make sweet and savory pies that will impress everyone at your next gathering.

ALL KIDS (3-18)

Mother’s Day Gifts
Thurs., May 10, 6-7:30 p.m. • $15.00
Kids of all ages are invited to this event where we will create beautiful and fun edible Mother’s Day gifts.

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Oh the Pastabilities!
Mon., May 21st, 6-8 p.m. • $15.00
In this hands-on class kids will learn the basics of making their own fresh pasta, fillings and sauces. They will also learn to use vegetables to color pasta, making it fun and healthy!

TINY CHEFS (ages 3-8)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Sun., May 27th, 3-4:30 p.m. • $15.00
It will be raining homemade meatballs, spaghetti cupcakes and more during this class for tiny chefs.


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