There's a new Iowa law that allows the Mississippi River Distilling Co. to serve up more than it's own spirits.

With new legislation, the LeClaire distillery will be able to sell local wine and beer to customers and plans, beginning at its monthly First Friday celebration on Aug. 2.

Angelika Kagan

According to the QC Times, owner Ryan Burchett said under the previous law, an Iowa establishment could be licensed only as one — a distillery, a winery or a brewery. Mississippi River Distilling now is licensed federally and by the state as both a distillery and winery.

The Iowa Legislature changed the law earlier this year to allow a distillery to also operate a winery and sell Iowa-made wines.

It was the second law change in three years to change rules impacting the industry. In July 2017, Iowa law changed to allow cocktail sales by the glass.

The distillery plans to offer four wines from its “friends at Wide River Winery” in LeClaire including a sweet white, dry white, dry red and Cody Road Bourbon barrel-aged red.

Don't forget the beer. The distillery will also serve Doc’s Blonde Ale from Green Tree Brewery in LeClaire and Anniversary Stout from Crawford Brew Works in Bettendorf. The stout is aged in Cody Road Bourbon barrels.

The distillery will begin beer and wine service Aug. 2 as it hosts its 100th First Friday celebration. The festivities will include free food and drink samples, door prizes and live music from The Blackstones Acoustic Trio. 

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