Our Story


From the heart of the Badlands

At Badlands Distillery LLC, we keep in mind that each and every customer has unique tastes. Our Iron Hills Bourbon is created by distilling in house, a true bourbon mash, in small batches. The mash contains corn grown on our ranch. and the distilled whiskey is carefully aged in a new charred white oak barrel.  We are privileged to offer to you both a traditional bourbon as well as a variety of specialty spirits for the more adventurous. We have several offerings of spirits containing ingredients such as local honey, cinnamon, apple, coffee, and jalapeno, just to name a few.  

Our Family History

There is history in the heart of the Badlands that speaks to the pioneer spirit. South Dakota bootleggers played their part in that American History. We couldn’t be making our handcrafted distilled spirits today without thinking of the great uncles to Jim Herber, co-owner of Badlands Distillery.In the early 1920’s, federal revenuers caught the five brothers down on Sears Creek, in the Weta Basin, as they were attempting to stay one step ahead to destroy evidence of their distilling operation. Unfortunately, when the boys dumped their barrels of whiskey into the White River, they discovered that the kegs floated. They waded out into the river, to break some holes in, but some of the alcohol seeped into a nearby well. It didn’t take long for the revenuer’s to find that well and dip a little out to use as evidence to put Great-Uncle Joe in jail. Badlands Special Reserve honors the original recipe handed down through the generations. 

Here's What South Dakota Video Tours has to say!

 "Located in Kadoka, SD just on the edge of Badlands National Park you will find the area's only Distillery. Come in and take a sip of their tasty choices and see how their product is made. This distillery is filled with flavor and history."