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The Iowa Lakes town of Okoboji now has a vodka named for it — just in time for summer cocktails.

Foundry Distilling Co. is launching the first brand in its Heritage Collection of spirits: Okoboji Vodka.

The vodka is made from 100% corn with the majority grown in Iowa and will be available at retailers in the Lake Okoboji area as well as central Iowa and numerous locations in between this summer.

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“This is special for me as my dad grew up about 10 miles away from Okoboji in Lake Park,” Scott Bush, founder of Foundry Distilling Co., said. “We used to go up to Okoboji as kids to see Grandpa and Grandma Bush and those are memories I will always cherish.” 

The concept behind the Heritage Collection came from Bush to celebrate people, places and events that groups hold dear.

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Bush hopes Okoboji Vodka will strike a chord with others who have strong sentimental ties to that region of Iowa.

Foundry Distilling Co. was founded in 2018 and has developed two very unique offerings: the Private Barrel Program and the Brewer/Distiller Alliance. The Foundry Alchemy Lounge is located in the lobby of the distillery at 111 S. 11th St. in West Des Moines and is open to the public on a daily basis. 

Bush will talk about Okoboji Vodka and his esteemed career in the spirits business as he kicks off the Pearson Lakes Art Center's Okoboji Magazine Speaker Series, “Booze, Books & Business” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Hwy 71 in Okoboji.

Admission is free and appropriately there will be bar service before and during the program. For more information, call (712) 332-7013 or visit lakesart.org.

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Foundry Distilling Co. opening in West Des Moines Rodney White, rodwhite@dmreg.com

Foundry Distilling Co.

Location: 111 S. 11th St., West Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Contact: (515) 822-9296; foundrydistillingcompany.comFacebook

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