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 and an even wider line of spirits. 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. 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 the Clearheart Vodka and “Gold Medal” for the Dark Rum from the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition and a 92 point “Exceptional” rating for the Bourbon from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago.