Templeton Rye a welcome diversion on RAGBRAI
- 23 July, 2018
TEMPLETON, Ia. — Instead of a morning coffee without cream or sugar, RAGBRAI rider Jeremy Bockholt asked for a shot of Templeton Rye whiskey, neat, or as neat as it could come in a plastic cup.
The second day of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa wound through the western Iowa town of Templeton. Many said they stopped only to taste the Templeton Rye liquor.
Templeton Rye owners are building a massive three-building distillery, barrel-aging warehouse and visiting center on the southeast side of Templeton. Though the facilities won’t open until mid-August, riders still parked their bikes for an early-morning drink.
“What I’m amazed about is that it’s 8 o’clock in the morning, and there’s people asking for Templeton Rye shots,” said Keith Kerkhoff, an owner of Templeton Rye.
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It wasn’t just Templeton Rye. A newly opened Waspy’s truck stop in Templeton did some brisk business Monday, too. And the town touted plenty of other attractions: sweet corn, a live band, and tours of historic sites.
Though he’s long been a fan of Templeton Rye, Bockholt, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, said he wouldn’t have had a reason to visit the town if not for RAGBRAI.
Members of Team Bone agreed, though the riders admitted they stop for a drink in each town.
“It’s kind of our team motto: Stop at the first bar to the left, unless it’s on the right,” said Marinan Coons of Iowa City.
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