Jan 25, 2018
The grain to glass movement isn't new, but it's a way for brands to
differentiate themselves as they have complete control of the
distillation process from all locally sourced products. It sparks
pride in your area and builds relationships across the process
until it hits the consumer. Ryan Burchett,
Co-Owner and Distiller at Mississippi River Distilling
Company, joins the show to talk about new experiments are
happening from partnering with other distilleries and how the wood
effecting the barrel is the next frontier for unique concepts and
spirits. This episode is made possible by through Patreon support. Make
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- Ryan, let's talk about you for a minute. Talk about your
background and if you grew up around spirits.
- How old are you and your brother? When did you get the bug to
really dive into this venture?
- Your known as one of the bourbon brothers that changed
prohibition-era state law in Iowa, so talk about the history of
Iowa and the meaning behind this title.
- Before we dive into it, give us an overview of Mississippi
River Distilling Company
- Talk about the origins and how the name Mississippi River came
to be or did you look out your office window and saw the
Mississippi River and said "that's it!"
- So the whole grain to glass thing is something we hear very
often now. It's almost counterintuitive to what some of the big
titans in the industry do. They feel that sourcing the best grains
are the most efficient way to create a quality product, no matter
the distance. But they also have to buy from multiple farms for the
same grain. So talk about your view of having grain to glass
distillation and what it brings.
- Talk about some of the brands and spirits you all are
- Ok what's an "artisan spirit"? I'm intrigued
- Let's be honest, you're on a bourbon podcast but do you have a
particular spirit you enjoy distilling more than it?
- What states are your products distributed so our listeners can
be on the lookout?
- Talk about the tours and what's unique?
- Talk about Iowa for a bit. You're our first guest from this
state so what's bourbon growth been like in regards to the
- You started this 5-7 years ago - How has your own operation
grown from where it started?
- How many barrels are you aging? You’ve got a lot of
experimental barrels going on but what is your primary age you
shoot for in your bourbon whiskey? Size of barrels being used?
Where do you get your barrels?
- Where are you located so people can visit you and some social
media locations to learn more about you