Micro Distillery

Cat’s Eye Distillery is a small family owned micro-distillery whose mission is to create truly EPIC tasting products. John Baker, one of the owners, previously worked at Honey Creek Distillery in Van Buren County where we gained his initial experience distilling products. Since then he has done considerable research and met with owners of 22 different micro-distilleries in Colorado to see what works and what does not work. After much experimenting they released their first whiskey product, “Essence of Iowa” followed by “Krupnik”, “Juniper Delight”, and “Some Like it Hot” which is a jalapeno based spirit.

When deciding on a name for the distillery Johns wife Linda said to be true to his heart and name it after something that he truly liked to do. John is a member of the Quad Cities Astronomical Society and one of John’s favorite hobbies is astrophotography so he decided to name it after one of the Hubble space telescopes greatest pictures of deep sky object NGC-6543, better known as the Cat’s Eye Nebula. Linda liked the name but said that not too many people would understand the logo so they took a picture of their daughters cat, Maui, and “Wah-Lah!”, the perfect logo!

Our Process

Grains are either malted and dried or just dried out immediately. Dried grains are milled and ground with excess debris removed. Water is added to the grain to create a mash and cooked allowing starches to convert into sugars. The new resulting liquid is called wort.

The wort is pumped into a fermenter with yeast. The yeast converts the sugars into varying alcohols. This new liquid is called a distillers beer. The beer is put into a sill where alcohols are vaporized and separated from water. This process is repeated to increase alcohol purity.

This alcohol or ‘new make spirit’ is put into oak containers and aged for many years. Some barrels are new, some are charred. When they whisk(e)y has been aged a sufficent amount of time, it’s mixed with other barrels of varying ages to create the final product.

Depending on what ABV the distiller wants to bottle at, water is added to dilute the whiskey (but sometimes no water is added) this is called single barrel, Bottled + it’s ready for you to drink.