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Boetje's Branches Out


  For the first time in its 126 year history, a Quad Cities company has developed a new product. Boetje's Mustard, which is made in Rock Island, has joined forces with the Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire to produce "Boetje's Bourbon Barrel Aged Mustard."

Boetje's production manager, Harrison Kropp, says mustard ingredients are aged in a barrel for 30 to 45 days that formerly was used to age bourbon, 
Kropp got the idea last year while attending the World-Wide Mustard Competition in Wisconsin - another company entered a bourbon aged mustard, and he thought "we could do that too."

Credit Miss. River Distilling Company

The first batch of the new mustard was bottled last Thursday night, and the 200 jars will go on sale tonight at the Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire.
Based on the amount of interest in the new version of Boetje's, Kropp plans to more than double the next batch. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.