Coming 'Round the Bend...
It starts with a dream...
Round River Distilling was founded by Dan Johnson in the Fall of 2017. The idea struck him as he crossed the Kickapoo River headed home to the farm after a run into Gays Mills to fetch a bottle of Wild Turkey 101.The selection of Wild Turkey was intentional in that when compared to other big brands, which is what is primarily available in small towns, it is one of the few that uses non-genetically modified corn. With the anticipation of a dram (or two) at the end of the work day snug beside him, surrounded by forested bluffs mixed with corn fields and pastures, and the contemplations of using locally produced grains for making whiskey and other spirits, the Round River dream was sparked.
The name of our distillery is inspired by the works of Aldo Leopold and the question he poses: how can we live more sustainably so that future generations can do similarly?
The Round River refers to the cycle of life, planting of crops and harvesting, birth and death, and how energy flows.