It’s gotta be about three years ago, Templeton Rye ran out of their supply. For those of you not in Iowa, Templeton is a delicious, rye whiskey made here in Iowa. I guess it was Al Capone’s favorite whiskey in the Prohibition Era. Anyway, three years ago, they run out of Templeton, and then, of course, the demand goes through the roof. I remember people coming to the bar, sayin, hey, man, you got any Templeton?  No, we do not.

I recall being at my cousins 21st birthday party during that time, and I found Templeton at a bar. I bought two shots of it, one for me, one for my cousin. Two shots, $24. People were paying 100 bucks a pop on eBay, and standing in line at the grocery store at 6am, ‘cause they heard the store was gettin six bottles in.

Fast forward three years later, the grocery store is stocked full of it, we’ve got two bottles behind the bar, collecting dust.

It’s a fact of life. You can’t get something, you can’t do something, you want it, you gotta do it.

From my heart to yours,

Clint Curtis. Bartender.


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