Rich Eggers allegedly has been making moonshine for years. Rumor has it, he learned the closely guarded recipe from his older brother, who was trained by a now-deceased, bootlegging neighbor who had been cooking whiskey since Prohibition. The Carroll, Iowa, resident’s product became so popular that his wife got nervous and gave him an ultimatum: go legit or stop making whiskey. Lucky for us, his passion for spirits prevailed. Now customers can find Iowa Legendary Rye in liquor stores across Iowa. The company’s first product has even made its way to retailers in Omaha, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
In 18 to 24 months, the first batch of aged whiskey will hit store shelves. In the meantime, Iowa Legendary Rye is selling a remarkably versatile, unaged white whiskey. The smooth flavor is ideal for all manner of cocktail concoctions. I recently tried a number of fabulous infusions created by Eggers and his wife, Lisa Chase. Flavors ranged from savory bloody Mary to sweeter options like Pink Lemonade, Peach, Cinnamon Bun and the classic throwback Rock-and-Rye. The couple happily shares their recipes on their Facebook page for fans that want to experiment.