Make your own barrel of whiskey.

Whether you are a whiskey enthusiast, a group of friends wanting a cool experience or someone looking to commemorate a special occasion, the Foundry Distilling Private Barrel program allows you to craft a custom barrel of whiskey to your exact specifications. All it takes is inspiration and patience, and for about $50 a bottle, you can enjoy a truly unique whiskey experience and create a special and personal gift for a large number of friends and family.

Here's an Overview of the process:

Reserve Private Barrel

Complete the online reservation form, send your deposit check ($2,000), and you're on your way to a one-of-a-kind craft distilling experience.

Schedule Distillery Production

Schedule your distillery production with appointments starting in Spring 2018. Production generally takes five to seven days. You may join us in Des Moines for a couple of days and work side-by-side with our team to produce your whiskey. If you choose to join us, we will help coordinate a great time in our fair city with whatever you like to do for fun. We specialize in cool bars, steakhouses and golf courses.

  • MASHING - 1 day
  • FERMENTATION - 3-5 days
  • DISTILLING/BARRELING - 1 day

We'll be in touch with you leading up to your appointment to help you decide on all the details: mash bill grains, enzymes, pH, specific gravity, yeast strain, fermentation temperatures, barreling proof, etc. During distillery production, you'll monitor the mashing, fermentation and distillation process, as well as help put your whiskey into your personalized full-sized (53-gallon) and pilot (10-gallon) barrels. We will send you home with a photo album highlighting your adventure, as well as a display of your mash bill for your home bar or office.

Develop Your Logo

Next, you'll work with one of our graphic designers to bring your whiskey to life. We'll work together to create a distinctive logo that will be the basis for the product and eventual label, subject to approval of the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Receive Quarterly Updates

Waiting is hard so we'll try to make it easier with regular information on how your own custom whiskey is aging. Every quarter, you'll receive an update and sample from your barrel*.

*Subject to applicable laws.

Enjoy Pilot Barrel Bottles

Between 12 to 24 months after barreling, we'll send you your first bottled whiskey.

You'll receive approximately 50 bottles from your 10-gallon pilot barrel, with timing based on our collective decision on how the spirit is aging. The smaller pilot barrel is designed to increase the contact of the whiskey with the charred oak inside the barrel, which accelerates the aging process. We'll quarterback the label approval process as well as make arrangements with a local distributor in your area for legal delivery of your special whiskey for you and your friends to enjoy.

Enjoy Your Fully Aged Whiskey

We'll continue to send quarterly updates and samples as the whiskey in your 53-gallon barrel ages. Around 48 months after barreling, it should be good to go but that's up to you. When you decide your product is ready, we'll send you approximately 300 bottles of your custom whiskey. That exact number will depend on various factors including the angel's share and proof decisions we'll make together. Once again, we'll work with a local distributor to arrange a legal delivery. It's your call on how to celebrate, but we're guessing a party with good friends will be in order. You'll, of course, enjoy responsibly. After all, you'll have some very special inventory to enjoy and discuss for years to come.

Private Barrel Program Summary

As part of the Foundry Distilling Private Barrel program, you'll receive the following:

  • Customized whiskey production experience, including a photo book capturing your craft experience
  • Display for your home bar detailing your mash bill, yeast selection and other production notes
  • Quarterly updates and samples
  • 53-gallon barrel and 10-gallon "pilot" barrel yielding approximately 350 bottles of premium, custom whiskey - you'll have rights to the barrels when complete
  • Graphic design support for your whiskey brand (up to 10 hours)

Foundry Distilling will handle ingredient sourcing and barrel sourcing, production and barreling under your direction, barrel storage, label approval, packaging and excise taxes.

Payment Details

There are two options available to pay for the Foundry Distilling Private Barrel program. Option #1 is a $2,000 downpayment and $16,000 due at date of production. Option #2 is a $2,000 downpayment, $6,000 due at date of production, $6,000 due one year from date of production and $6,000 due two years from date of production. The fees cover production, barrels, barrel aging and storage, bottling, taxes and delivery to a distributor near you in the continental U.S. In the event that you do not make future payments within 90 days of the due date, you will forfeit your barrel of whiskey.

Please send a check to the address below, or click here for secure online payment.

Online Reservation Form

Send Deposit Check for $2,000 to:

Foundry Distilling Company

111 South 11th Street

West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Foundry Distilling Company