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

1.Mississippi River Distilling Company (Le Claire, IA)

Craft distiller with product handmade from local grain. Enjoy a free tour, buy a bottle or sit down in the cocktail house for a beautiful view of the Mississippi.

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

Each of their handcrafted spirits is a unique expression of a particular place, a farmer’s passion and careful work. Enjoy the new geothermal powered distillery and tasting room.

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

The brothers hand craft spirits by meticulously controlling the entire process — from the milling of grains, to the mashing, fermentation, and distillation.

4.Old Herald Brewery & Distillery (Collinsville, IL)

A unique experience featuring craft spirits and beer made in-house and paired with a fresh menu incorporating locally sourced ingredients. Family owned and operated.

5.Old Dominick Distillery (Memphis, TN)

Old Dominick Distillery is a distillery with tours, tastings, retail shop and event space. It makes a full line of fine whiskeys and vodkas.

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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.