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Jamie Walter

corn • wheat • rye

Jamie Walter

DeKalb, IL

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Taking Care of Our Resources

My family has been growing corn in Illinois for five generations. Illinois is blessed with some of the best soil and water on earth. The water on our farm is perfect – it’s naturally filtered through a limestone aquifer found deep under our land. We don’t take that for granted. To protect our soil and water for future generations of Walter family farmers, we use fewer pesticides and fertilizers to grow corn.

Corn Makes Whiskey, So Naturally …

Three years ago, we expanded Walter Farms and built a distillery on a patch of our prime farmland in DeKalb. Our new business is called Whiskey Acres, and it’s a true seed-to-spirit distillery. If you visit our farm, you can see the different types of field corn we grow to make our whiskey. In the interest of full disclosure, watching corn grow is exactly as exciting as it sounds. But, you can also watch us mill (crush) the corn, cook the corn to make mash, ferment it, distill it, fill the barrels, bottle it – and enjoy the end result. All these steps make for far more interesting viewing, smelling and tasting.

A 360° view of my farm

About my family

My dad and I farm together in DeKalb, IL. We partner with Nick Nagele to distill our grain into bourbon, vodka and rye whiskey at our newest business venture, Whiskey Acres.

My Blog Posts

Great whiskey isn’t made, it’s grown