From Iowa’s oldest operating woolen mill in Amana to the state's first meadery, five artisans are spotlighted in a promotional video series, called "Made in Iowa," courtesy of the Iowa Tourism Office.
Among the featured artisans is LeClaire's Mississippi River Distilling Company, which houses a distillery and cocktail bar on Cody Road.
Until this year, the distillery had not been able to sell its spirits by the glass. Nor could it charge for hourly tours and samples, accept tips, or sell more than two bottles of liquor per day to a customer.
Its owners, brothers Ryan and Garrett Burchett, began working with legislators in 2012, sharing the brand's story and inviting top officials to the distillery, in an effort to change state laws.
“Everything we make has a sense of place because all of our ingredients are local," Ryan Burchett, the distillery's owner, said in a news release. “We are so proud to say that our products are Iowa products and we know that our local take on things is important to our customers.”
Along with the distillery, the series features Amana Woolen Mill in Amana, Buzzed Bee Meadery in Melbourne, Frisian Farms in Leighton and Kaleidoscope Factory in Pocahontas. The "Made in Iowa" site at traveliowa.com/made-in-iowa refers travelers to Iowa destinations that offer a variety of arts classes, including copper repousse, woodworking, cooking international cuisine and chair caning, as well as special events such as Sew Iowa and farm-to-table dinners.