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An Iowa-made vodka is hitting store shelves this week, and a portion of the sales will benefit a popular part of the state.

Cedar Ridge Distillery recently launched Bagger Vodka to celebrate its spirit of adventure and to give back to Iowa's trail system. One dollar from the sale of every liter bottle of the vodka will be donated to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation in support of new trail development and maintenance in Iowa.

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"Cedar Ridge is excited about the opportunity to partner with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation," said Brandon Parizek, global sales director for Cedar Ridge. “All walks of life use and enjoy the trail systems in Iowa: bikers, walkers, runners.”

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit conservation group that works to protect and restore Iowa's land, water and wildlife. It was founded in 1979 and has helped protect more than 170,000 acres and create more than 800 miles of trails.

“Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is excited to partner with a local business that is working to help improve Iowa's world-class trail system,” said Andrea Boulton, director of trails and greenways. “Cedar Ridge understands the value trails can bring to communities, and we appreciate their commitment to making more trails happen in Iowa. We look forward to working together to create healthier, more vibrant communities around the state by investing in high-quality trail projects.”

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Cedar Ridge is no stranger to the vodka business. In 2005, it became the first licensed distillery in the state of Iowa since Prohibition and released Iowa’s first licensed distilled spirit, Clearheart Vodka, during the same year.

Cedar Ridge produces wines from its own estate-grown grapes and crafts its award-winning spirits in its four custom-engineered German pot stills.

The lush 5,000 vines and 15,000-square-foot winery, distillery, tasting room and event center provide wines, spirits and entertainment experiences for eastern Iowa.

“As our business has grown, we’ve begun to think more seriously about what important cause we could support and foster,” said Jeff Quint, owner and founder of Cedar Ridge. “Meanwhile, we were watching out-of-state vodkas dominate the Iowa market — nearly all of this vodka being made from corn. So, we put these two things together and created an all Iowa-made vodka that gives back to Iowa. We hope Iowans will get behind it.”

Quint, along with his wife, Laurie, aimed to follow a long family tradition of Iowa farmers and distillers, including Quint's father and grandfather, who produced locally made brandies.

Bagger Vodka is now available to order through the Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division (ABD) and will be in stores by April 18.

As an official sponsor of the CRANDIC Marathon Post-Race Party, Bagger Vodka will kick off the launch by providing samples of Bagger bloody marys at the Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, April 28.

For Bagger Vodka cocktail recipes, events and a link to explore Iowa trails, visit BaggerVodka.com.

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