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Cedar Ridge Winery to double spirits production with $1.1 million expansion


Currently, Cedar Ridge has two 80 gallon pot stills on-hand for spirits production. -- photo by John Johnson
Currently, Cedar Ridge has two 80 gallon pot stills on-hand for spirits production. — photo by John Johnson

Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery and Distillery unveiled today its plans for a $1.1 million expansion to its facilities in northern Johnson County.

Owner and Master Distiller Jeff Quint says the expansion is necessary due to growing demand, “especially for whiskey products,” he said in a statement released Friday morning. The expansion will ease constraints on both production and warehousing, he added.

The proposed expansion will add several thousand square feet of production space, allowing the company to meet the needs of its expanding whiskey business, according to Cedar Ridge. Through the addition of a 175-gallon capacity still, Cedar Ridge says it will more than double its production capacity. Currently, its facilities include two 80 gallon pot stills.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority says it will support the project with a $40,700 in performance-based tax credits.

Founded in 2005 as Iowa’s first craft distillery since Prohibition, Cedar Ridge’s offerings include 15 spirits and liquers, as well as more than 20 wines. The company was initially located in Benz Bever1age Depot in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before moving to its current location near Swisher, Iowa following the 2008 floods.


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