Foundry Distilling Company was started by Scott Bush. Scott began working on Templeton Rye whiskey in his apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2002, while a student at the Sloan School of Business at MIT. Scott’s great grandfather, Frank Schroeder, was born in Templeton and was an “entrepreneur during Prohibition” who made Templeton Rye at the family farm outside of Arcadia and later Odebolt, Iowa. You might say distilling Iowa whiskies runs in the family. Scott knew of his family’s involvement in the rye trade and wanted to build a business, so he founded Templeton Rye and built it into one of the most successful brands in the new craft spirits industry. Scott sold controlling interest in Templeton Rye in 2016 and started working on Foundry Distilling Company. He chose to focus on producing and distilling authentic, high-quality whiskeys and spirits right here in Iowa with local input, involvement, and control.
Foundry Distilling is part of an exciting project at The Foundry building, which was constructed in 1899 and was known as the Rock Island Railroad car barn because it was originally built to repair rails cars. Other tenants at The Foundry include The Hall, a European-style beer hall, and The Kitchen, a nonprofit commissary that will provide kitchen space for food truck owners.
We are located in the Valley Junction area of West Des Moines, which was founded in 1846 by a man named James Jordan whose home became a stop on the "Underground Railroad." Above ground, the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad had a significant presence here as well. Today, the Valley Junction community is a thriving group of artisan shops, restaurants, and galleries located along historic 5th Street in West Des Moines. Being situated in a truly unique community and location sets us apart from other distilleries in the Des Moines metro area.
We established Foundry Distilling Company with the flexibility to produce virtually any spirit—from vodka to whiskey—in large or small batches. We have our core Foundry Collection, Heritage Collection, and many other specialty products. Foundry Distilling Company is also a private-barrel Iowa whiskey distillery, offering spirit enthusiasts the unique opportunity to produce completely customizable private barrels of whiskey. Finally, we regularly collaborate with regional and national distillers and brewers to create one-of-a-kind offerings. If you have an idea or are interested in working with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundry Distilling team has been active in the spirits industry since the early days of the craft spirits movement. We have talked, worked, consulted, advised, brainstormed, and collaborated with hundreds of folks—always mindful of gleaning new knowledge and perspectives from every interaction. We believe that our team, equipment, processes, partners, and consultants are among the very best in the industry and, as a result, that our products reflect that expertise and collaboration.
We also understand the importance of transparency with spirits production. We strive to be an industry leader in this important area, including videos revealing production details for all of our products.