our spirits

German-engineered micro-distilling technology is the heart of the Cedar Ridge distillery process. Proprietors Jeff and Laurie Quint of Swisher started distilling premium Clearheart Vodka in 2005, then added fruit liqueurs and an even wider range of spirits to their line of products. All Cedar Ridge spirits are distilled out of a European-engineered 80-gallon pot still, producing increasingly smooth, premium spirits. The fine craftsmanship of this still allows us to create superior quality liqueurs, ensuring that only the purest product makes it to the bottle.

IOWA’S FIRST
DISTILLERY

As Iowa’s first micro-distillery, we’re used to being on the leading edge. On July 1st, 2010 we launched Iowa’s first bourbon since the Prohibition era. Made from nearly 75% corn, Cedar Ridge Bourbon Whiskey is crafted in small batches for a high-quality, smooth, premium bourbon that is receiving rave reviews at tasting events across the country and selling off the shelves. Awards include “Best of Category” for Clearheart Vodka, a “Gold Medal” for our Dark Rum from the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition, and a 92-point “Exceptional” rating for our bourbon from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago.

corn and cedar ridge stamp

pear
brandy

750 ml

80 proof

Cedar Ridge Pear Brandy

This very unique brandy is twice-distilled and aged in charred American Oak casks. A full body with a distinct vanilla and fresh pear experience.

apple
brandy

750 ml

80 proof

Cedar Ridge Apple Brandy

Fermented and distilled from fresh apple juice, then aged 5 years in American Oak casks and finished in French Limousine Oak casks to create a spicy, warming brandy that is perfect for beating the cold Midwest winters.

brandy

750 ml

80 proof

Cedar Ridge Brandy

Similar to a fine cognac, our traditional Grape Brandy is made with a variety of estate grown grapes, aged 6 years in American Oak, and then finished in French Limousine Oak casks.

lost
pirate
rum

750 ml

86 proof

Cedar Ridge Lost Pirate Rum

Ahoy! Cedar Ridge “Lost Pirate” is our distilled rum, first aged 5 yrs in single-use bourbon barrels, then transferred to our estate Port wine finishing casks to impart the unique color and flavor of dried stone fruit. Splice the mainbrace… and enjoy!

short’s
whiskey

MASHBILL

74% corn
14% malted rye
12% 2-row malted barley

750 ml

80 proof

Short's Whiskey

Made for Short’s Burger and Shine, each barrel is finished with a stave of charred bur oak harvested on the banks of the Cedar River at Kroul Farms.

howdy’s
apple pie

750 ml

39 proof

Howdy's Apple Pie

Named in honor of Proprietor, Jeff Quint’s father, Howdy. A sweet & spicy blend of 3 simple ingredients: fresh apple juice, cinnamon & sugar. Enjoy it chilled or warm, or drink it as we do – with Cedar Ridge Apple Brandy making an “Apple Double Down” cocktail.

AWARDS

DENVER INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION: 2013 – GOLD

clearheart
gin

750 ml

90 proof

Cedar Ridge Clearheart Gin

Clearheart™ Premium Dry Single Batch Gin is crafted in the traditional “Genever” style – we lay juniper berries, coriander and orris root, along with fresh orange zest and cucumber, in the column, allowing only the alcoholic vapors to come in contact with our botanicals. This time-consuming process results in a super-premium product with an identifiable crisp cucumber nose, followed by a smooth orange finish.

bagger
vodka

1 L

80 proof

Cedar Ridge Bagger Vodka

Add more trails to the mix. $1 per bottle goes to Iowa trails. 5X distilled from corn. Gluten-free.

AUTHENTIC BY NATURE

Perfectly crafted from America’s heartland