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Cody Road Bourbon a Near Sell Out PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:13

LeClaire, Iowa, December 4, 2011 – After its much anticipated release, Mississippi River Distilling Company’s Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey was a near sell out within a day of its release on Friday, December 2, 2011.

“We had a line waiting outside the distillery starting at about 9 a.m. before we opened at 10 on Friday,” Ryan Burchett, owner and distiller says.  “We had a steady line of people until about noon and sold all 120  bottles we had at the distillery in four hours.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Rock Island Hy-Vee still had some of the Cody Road Bourbon for sale but was only putting it out one bottle at a time.  Hy-Vee’s in both Ankeny and Marion, Iowa also still had small quantities left.  But most retailers had sold their entire stock by the end of the weekend.

The distillers have been keeping fans and followers updated on where they can find bottles via Facebook and Twitter as they hear updates or are able to call retailers.  Many area stores sold out within a day of delivery, some selling as many as 60 bottles.  The state of Iowa limited retailers to no more than 60 bottles per store.  Within 24 hours, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division had sold out of all the stock they had.

“We had hoped this would go over well, but we very pleasantly surprised when the state had orders for all the cases we sent them,” Garrett Burchett, owner and distiller says.  “Unfortunately, it moved so fast that it was gone before some retailers didn’t even have the chance to order it from the state.”

In total, MRDC made just short of 1,000 bottles of this first batch.  The bourbon is made from grains harvested from within 25 miles of the distillery.  Corn comes from LeClaire and the wheat and barley come from Reynolds, Illinois.  The spirit is aged for nearly a year and distillers only released the first 6 barrels they made.

The Burchett brothers have been busy for the past year planning for the demand and have continued making and barreling their bourbon.  The next release of Cody Road Bourbon will be Friday, March 2.  Moving through 2012, larger releases of bourbon will become more regular to help catch up to demand.

“We anticipate having more in this next batch.  Supplies will be tight through the year, but we hope to have enough for everyone’s stockings by next Christmas.” Ryan says.


Machine Shed offers free Holiday ebook PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stacy Christofferson   
Monday, 12 December 2011 14:01
Machine Shed Restaurant offers a free “Holiday’s in the Heartland” ebook:  A holiday guide that includes gift ideas, demonstrations and favorite recipes

The Machine Shed restaurant is sharing some of their best advice for creating an effortless and memorable holiday season with a complimentary “Holidays in the Heartland” ebook available on their website or Facebook page.

The ebook includes:
• Delicious Gift ideas for your gift exchange
• A demonstration on how to repurpose a wreath
• A downloadable holiday meal planner
• Three favorite holiday recipes – which includes the recipe for the Shed’s famous
cinnamon rolls.

Information found in the ebook was created, sourced and shared by the Machine Shed chefs and staff.

To receive a complimentary copy, “Like” the Machine Shed on Facebook at or visit the website at


Freight House Farmers' Market open on Tuesdays PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 15:44

The Freight House Farmers' Market continues to be open on Tuesdays at 421 W River Dr in Davenport.  Although the outdoor vendors have taken shelter for the winter, the indoor market is open and ready for your business!

Stop in and pre-order all your Christmas, New Year's and other holiday needs, from baked goods to sauces, jellies and salsas to Sawyer beef to homemade gifts and on and on. 

Visit us on Tuesday from 3pm until 6pm on River Drive between Ripley and Western Streets, facing the Mighty Mississippi.  The Market is also open on Saturdays from 8am until 1pm. or find us on Facebook®.

Joegurt Now Available at East Moline, IL Happy Joe’s PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Smith   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 08:51
Franchise Owner Recognized as Happy Joe’s Franchisee of the Year

The East Moline Happy Joe’s has joined the craze and launched Joegurt, a self-serve yogurt offering eight flavors and four twist options.  Flavors include Orange Sorbet, Red Velvet Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, Snickerdoodle, Triple Chocolate, Pumpkin and more.  Guests fill their own cup with their favorite Joegurt flavor(s) and then head to the toppings bar to finish their creation with an assortment of 21 topping options, including fruit, candies, cookies, sprinkles, and three flavors of Ghiradelli syrups. Joegurt is priced by the ounce. 

“Since launching at three previous locations, Joegurt has received rave reviews from the guests,” says Mick Mapes, Happy Joe’s franchisee.  “We are looking forward to offering our guests a high quality self-serve yogurt which gives them the opportunity to choose from a menu of 12 yogurt flavors and 21 toppings.  It’s a great addition to the East Moline store.”

Lower in calories and cholesterol, Happy Joe's Joegurt helps maintain your general digestive health. The new Joegurt is a low or non-fat, guiltless, frozen dairy treat made with probiotics (friendly bacteria that’s good for you). It’s like eating ice cream that’s really healthy! Guests are also able to opt into a text marketing program to receive a free Joegurt just for joining.

The East Moline Happy Joe's is also celebrating its recent awards at the annual franchise meeting including Happy Joe’s Franchisee of the Year awarded to Mick Mapes.  Mr. Mapes is the proud owner of stores in East Moline, Rock Island and Colona, IL.  Mapes honors included a 35-Year Award for his East Moline store, 30-Year Award for his Rock Island store, an achievement award for surpassing $1 million in sales, and three prestigious Founder’s Awards for his Colona, East Moline and Rock Island stores respectively.  He was also the first inductee into the Happy Joe’s Hall of Fame.

“Mick is a role model, teacher and a leader.  He is a committed partner that has proven over the years his passion and love for the business,” said Kristel Whitty-Ersan Happy Joe's Director of Marketing.  “Over our long history with this loyal, committed franchisee, we have grown to respect him deeply and to appreciate all of his contributions to the Happy Joe's company.”

Thanksgiving at Thunder Bay Restaurant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:13
Thursday, November 24th 11am-3:30pm

Thunder Bay, Brady St, Davenport, Ia is serving a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 24th, from 11am-3:30pm. They will be serving all of your Thanksgiving favorites such as Turkey, Stuffing, Baked Ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied carrots, assorted desserts and much more.Adults-$15.99, Children (age 15-10)-$7.99, 4 and under: free. Make your reservations today by calling 563-386-2722.


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