Best of the River is focused on the best attractions, accommodations,  food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from northern Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Distillery Tour

1.Mississippi River Distilling Company (LeClaire, IA)

During the tour, you’ll be able to see their entire process, from the milling and cooking of the grain, to fermentation, distillation, blending, aging and bottling of spirits.

2.La Crosse Distilling Co. (La Crosse, WI)

Join the distillery in beautiful downtown La Crosse for a guided tour of the operation. You’ll learn about each step of the handcrafted spirits process.

3.The Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. (Galena, IL)

Come down to the distillery for a comprehensive look at the art of distilling. From their distillation area, to the barrel room, to the comfortable tasting room and bar.

4.Bluestem Vodka (St. Louis, MO)

The distillery tour includes an educational distillery tour, Bluestem Vodka tasting, Bluestem Vodka Cocktail, and a Bluestem Rocks Glass to take home.

5.Old Dominick Distillery (Memphis, TN)

Old Dominick’s 100-year-old story is back and ready to be shared. The tour lets you see firsthand the dedication–and passion–put into every bottle.

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In 2019, thousands submitted their Best of The River choices in categories ranging from best cultural trail, best monument, best public art, best river boat tour, best brewery and more.