Bryce T. Bauer is the author of Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye and a Town in Revolt (Chicago Review Press, 2014) and co-producer, co-writer, and lead researcher of the Humanities Iowa–funded documentary “West Iowa Whiskey Cookers,” to be broadcast on Iowa Public Television. He grew up in the tiny agricultural community of Audubon, Iowa, fifteen miles south of Templeton, and was introduced to the lore of Templeton rye as a teenager. He tried his first sip of the famous bootleg whiskey a few years later.
Bryce has worked on the award-winning newspaper The Daily Iowan as a reporter and editor. Two of his stories—a profile of a controversial Regents president and an investigation into the medical effects of methamphetamine use on Iowa addicts—won Hearst Foundations awards. His writing has also been recognized by the Iowa Newspaper Association. He was co-editor of Lumina magazine’s 10th anniversary nonfiction writing contest, and his own work has appeared in Saveur, The Iowan, Roll Call, and The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). He lives in New York and misses the horizon.