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Local Distillery and Brewery Expanding

Updated: Oct 27, 2012 06:53 PM CDT

Growing small business has been a talking point this election, especially because so many are struggling.

However, for two local establishments things could not be more different.

For both the Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire and Great River Brewery in Davenport, business is booming.

Now the two are teaming up to expand their facilities.

They want to build a new building in LeClaire, right next to the current distillery that would give the Mississippi Distilling Company more room and house a second brewery for Great River.

While many businesses are barely getting by, both of these places can barely keep up.

Ryan Burchett, one of the owners of the Mississippi Distilling Company, says last year the company made about 30,000 bottles of alcohol.

However, this year he is expecting that amount to double.

He says things are getting cramped in the current building.

However, constructing a new one should help take care of the growing pains and meet demand.

Meanwhile, the founders of Great River Brewery say they have plenty room to grow in their current location, but want to create a second line of more boutique type beers.

They say LeClaire is a the perfect spot for that because of its tourism and being right next to the distillery is also a big plus.

"We do think it would be a great fit, great addition to LeClaire, so much going on in that town right now and we'd love to be a part of that," Scott Leanord said.

"I can't even begin to dream about some of the fun projects we will be able to do together. We have a whiskey aging now that we distilled out of their farmer brown ale," Burchett said.

Before any construction can begin the city first has to vote on rezoning the land for the project.

That process will begin in the next few weeks.

If its approved construction could start in the spring.

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