SWISHER, IA (MAY 18, 2022) – Cedar Ridge Distillery announced today that it donated more than $20,000 to Iowa trails since it launched its Bagger Vodka brand in 2020. A dollar from every purchase is made directly to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and distributed to trails across the state.
“As a premium vodka handcrafted here locally, we wanted our Bagger Vodka brand to support the outdoor activities Iowans love,” said Jamie Siefken, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Cedar Ridge. “We have a tremendous trail system and hope to do our part to continue to both maintain and expand it with these funds.”
Since 2020, the donations have been funneled to:
Trestle to Trestle Trail, Polk County
Repairs to the Trestle to Trestle bridge are happening right now and are expected to be finished this year, reopening a well-used trail that connects Des Moines and Johnston.
Ely to Solon Trail construction, Johnson County
The six mile-section of trail between Solon and Ely was completed in 2020, providing a crucial connection in the trail network between the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids metro areas.
Those gifts were announced at the 2020 Bicycle Summit in Des Moines. The brand plans to direct funds in 2022 to install Bicycle Fix-It stations for bike trails around the state.
“Cedar Ridge is providing the type of partnership that is crucial to expanding Iowa’s trail system, ensuring our position as the world capital of trails,” remarked Andrea Boulton, INHF Trails and Greenways Director. “Their contribution and commitment not only provides much-needed dollars to leverage state and federal funds but also elevates the awareness of our trails across the state.”
Learn more at https://baggervodka.com/.
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit conservation group that works with private landowners and public partners to protect and restore Iowa’s land, water, and wildlife. Since its founding in 1979, INHF has helped protect more than 185,000 acres of Iowa’s natural resources. Learn more at https://www.inhf.org/.
Cedar Ridge Distillery
In 2005, Cedar Ridge became the first licensed distillery in the state of Iowa since Prohibition. Cedar Ridge produces wines from its own estate-grown grapes and crafts its award-winning spirits in four custom-engineered German pot stills. The lush 5,000 vines and 15,000 square foot distillery, tasting room and event center provide quality wines, spirits, and an exciting entertainment experience for Eastern Iowa. Learn more at http://www.crwine.com/.