Statement of Financial Position [Abstract] Receivables allowance for doubtful accounts (in dollars) Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable, Current Preferred stock, percentage non-cumulative (percent) Preferred Stock, Dividend Rate, Percentage Preferred stock, par value (in Dollars per share) Preferred Stock, Par or Stated Value Per Share Preferred stock, shares authorized (shares) Preferred Stock, Shares Authorized Preferred stock, shares issued (shares) Preferred Stock, Shares Issued Preferred stock, shares outstanding (shares) Preferred Stock, Shares Outstanding Common stock, shares authorized (shares) Common Stock, Shares Authorized Common stock, shares issued (shares) Common Stock, Shares, Issued Common stock, shares outstanding (shares) Common Stock, Shares, Outstanding Treasury stock (shares) Treasury Stock, Shares Equity Method Investments and Joint Ventures [Abstract] Schedule of Equity Method Investments [Table] Schedule of Equity Method Investments [Table] Investment, Name [Axis] Investment, Name [Axis] Investment, Name [Domain] Investment, Name [Domain] ICP [Member] Illinois Corn Processings LLC [Member] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- DMI [Member] DM Ingredients Gmb H [Member] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Schedule of Equity Method Investments [Line Items] Schedule of Equity Method Investments [Line Items] Equity method investments Equity Method Investments Earnings Per Share [Abstract] Equity and Earnings per Share Earnings Per Share [Text Block] Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table] Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table] Award Type [Axis] Award Type [Axis] Equity Award [Domain] Equity Award [Domain] Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) [Member] Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) [Member] Restricted Stock [Member] Restricted Stock [Member] Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units [Member] Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units [Member] Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Line Items] Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Line Items] Participating securities (in shares) Incremental Common Shares Attributable to Participating Nonvested Shares with Non-forfeitable Dividend Rights Unvested awards (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Number Income Statement [Abstract] Sales Sales Revenue, Goods, Net Less: excise taxes Excise Taxes The amount of excise taxes included in sales and revenues. Includes excise taxes applied to specific types of transactions or items (such as gasoline or alcohol). Net sales Revenue, Net Cost of sales Cost of Goods Sold Gross profit Gross Profit Selling, general and administrative expenses Selling, General and Administrative Expense Operating income Operating Income (Loss) Equity method investment earnings Income (Loss) from Equity Method Investments Interest expense, net Interest Expense Income before income taxes Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations before Equity Method Investments, Income Taxes, Noncontrolling Interest Income tax expense Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Net income Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Parent Income attributable to participating securities Undistributed Earnings (Loss) Allocated to Participating Securities, Basic Net income attributable to common shareholders and used in EPS calculation (Note 5) Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders, Basic Share information: Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted [Abstract] Basic and diluted weighted average common shares (in shares) Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Basic and Diluted Basic and diluted earnings per share (in usd per share) Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted Dividends and dividend equivalents per common share (in usd per share) Common Stock, Dividends, Per Share, Cash Paid Equity method ownership percentage (percent) Equity Method Investment, Ownership Percentage Related party sales to MGPI Equity Method Investment, Unrealized Intercompany Profit (Loss) Not Eliminated, Amount Depreciation and amortization Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Depreciation and Amortization Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Depreciation and Amortization Foreign currency translation adjustment, before tax Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Foreign Currency Transaction and Translation Adjustment, before Tax Distribution received from equity method investee Proceeds from Equity Method Investment, Dividends or Distributions Liquidation proceeds Proceeds from Divestiture of Businesses Debt Disclosure [Abstract] Schedule of Long-term Debt Instruments [Table] Schedule of Long-term Debt Instruments [Table] Credit Facility [Axis] Credit Facility [Axis] Credit Facility [Domain] Credit Facility [Domain] Revolver borrowings [Member] Revolving Credit Facility [Member] Fixed Asset Sub Line Facility [Member] Fixed Asset Sub Line Facility [Member] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Long-term Debt, Type [Axis] Long-term Debt, Type [Axis] Long-term Debt, Type [Domain] Long-term Debt, Type [Domain] Term Loan [Member] Medium-term Notes [Member] Line of Credit [Member] Line of Credit [Member] Debt Instrument [Axis] Debt Instrument [Axis] Debt Instrument, Name [Domain] Debt Instrument, Name [Domain] Credit Agreement [Member] Credit Agreement [Member] Credit Agreement [Member] Previous Credit Agreement [Member] Previous Credit Agreement [Member] Previous Credit Agreement [Member] Debt Instrument [Line Items] Debt Instrument [Line Items] Term loan face value Debt Instrument, Face Amount Maximum borrowing capacity Line of Credit Facility, Maximum Borrowing Capacity Monthly installment Debt Instrument, Periodic Payment Unamortized loan fees Debt Issuance Costs, Net Long-term debt Long-term Debt Outstanding borrowings under credit facility Long-term Line of Credit Credit facility, remaining borrowing capacity Line of Credit Facility, Remaining Borrowing Capacity Average interest rate (as a percent) Line of Credit Facility, Interest Rate at Period End Subsequent Events [Abstract] Subsequent Events Subsequent Events [Text Block] Segment Reporting [Abstract] Number of reportable segments Number of Reportable Segments Schedule of Equity Method Investments Equity Method Investments [Table Text Block] The Company's Equity in Earnings (Loss) of Joint Ventures TheCompanysEquityInEarningsLossOfJointVenturesTableTextBlock -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract] Income Taxes Income Tax Disclosure [Text Block] Schedule of Segment Reporting Information, by Segment [Table] Schedule of Segment Reporting Information, by Segment [Table] Consolidation Items [Axis] Consolidation Items [Axis] Consolidation Items [Domain] Consolidation Items [Domain] Operating Segments [Member] Operating Segments [Member] Corporate [Member] Corporate, Non-Segment [Member] Segments [Axis] Segments [Axis] Segment [Domain] Segments [Domain] Distillery Products [Member] Distillery Products [Member] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Ingredient Solutions [Member] Ingredient Solutions [Member] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Segment Reporting Information [Line Items] Segment Reporting Information [Line Items] Identifiable Assets Assets Statement of Stockholders' Equity [Abstract] Statement [Table] Statement [Table] Equity Components [Axis] Equity Components [Axis] Equity Component [Domain] Equity Component [Domain] Capital Stock Preferred Preferred Stock [Member] Common Stock Common Stock [Member] Additional Paid-In Capital Additional Paid-in Capital [Member] Retained Earnings Retained Earnings [Member] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss AOCI Attributable to Parent [Member] Treasury Stock Treasury Stock [Member] Statement [Line Items] Statement [Line Items] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Beginning Balance Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent Comprehensive income: Comprehensive income: [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Net income Other Comprehensive loss Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Portion Attributable to Parent Dividends and dividend equivalents, net of estimated forfeitures Dividends Share-based compensation Adjustments to Additional Paid in Capital, Share-based Compensation, Requisite Service Period Recognition Stock shares awarded, forfeited, and/or vested Stock Issued During Period, Value, Share-based Compensation, Net of Forfeitures Stock shares repurchased Treasury Stock, Value, Acquired, Cost Method Ending Balance Accounting Policies [Abstract] Accounting Policies and Basis of Presentation Significant Accounting Policies [Text Block] Dividends Declared Dividends Declared [Table Text Block] Schedule of Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted Schedule of Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted [Table Text Block] Schedule of Long-term Debt Instruments Schedule of Long-term Debt Instruments [Table Text Block] Subsequent Event [Table] Subsequent Event [Table] Subsequent Event Type [Axis] Subsequent Event Type [Axis] Subsequent Event Type [Domain] Subsequent Event Type [Domain] Subsequent Event [Member] Subsequent Event [Member] Subsequent Event [Line Items] Subsequent Event [Line Items] Common stock, dividends, per share, declared (in Dollars per share) Common Stock, Dividends, Per Share, Declared Finished goods Inventory, Finished Goods, Gross Barreled distillate (bourbon and whiskey) Barreled distillate Barreled finished brown goods held by the entity that are readily available for sale Work in process Inventory, Work in Process, Gross Raw materials Inventory, Raw Materials, Gross Maintenance materials Other Inventory, Supplies, Gross Other Other Inventory, Gross Total Inventory, Gross Current Assets Assets, Current [Abstract] Cash and cash equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents, at Carrying Value Receivables (less allowance for doubtful accounts: March 31, 2017 - $24; December 31, 2016 - $24) Receivables, Net, Current Inventory Prepaid expenses Prepaid Expense, Current Refundable income taxes Income Taxes Receivable, Current Total current assets Assets, Current Property and equipment Property, Plant and Equipment, Gross Less accumulated depreciation and amortization Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Property, Plant, and Equipment Property and equipment, net Property, Plant and Equipment, Net Equity method investments (Note 2) Investments in and Advance to Affiliates, Subsidiaries, Associates, and Joint Ventures Other assets Other Assets, Noncurrent Total assets Current Liabilities Liabilities, Current [Abstract] Current maturities of long-term debt Long-term Debt and Capital Lease Obligations, Current Accounts payable Accounts Payable, Current Accounts payable to affiliate, net Accounts Payable, Related Parties Accrued expenses Accrued Liabilities, Current Income taxes payable Taxes Payable, Current Total current liabilities Liabilities, Current Long-term debt, less current maturities Long-term Debt and Capital Lease Obligations Revolving credit facility Long-term Line of Credit, Noncurrent Deferred credits Deferred Revenue and Credits, Noncurrent Accrued retirement, health and life insurance benefits Other Postretirement Benefits Payable Deferred income taxes Deferred Tax Liabilities, Net, Noncurrent Other noncurrent liabilities Other Liabilities, Noncurrent Total liabilities Liabilities Commitments and Contingencies (Note 6) Commitments and Contingencies Stockholders’ Equity Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent [Abstract] Capital stock Capital stock [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Preferred, 5% non-cumulative; $10 par value; authorized 1,000 shares; issued and outstanding 437 shares Preferred Stock, Value, Issued Common stock Common Stock, Number of Shares, Par Value and Other Disclosures [Abstract] No par value; authorized 40,000,000 shares; issued 18,115,965 shares at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, and 16,709,908 and 16,658,765 shares outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively Common Stock, Value, Issued Additional paid-in capital Additional Paid in Capital Retained earnings Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit) Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax Treasury stock, at cost Treasury stock, at cost [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Shares of 1,406,057 at March 31, 2017 and 1,457,200 at December 31, 2016 Treasury Stock, Value Total stockholders’ equity Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity Liabilities and Equity Net Sales to Customers Net Sales to Customers [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Net Sales to Customers Net Sales to Customers Total revenue from sale of goods and services rendered during the reporting period, in the normal course of business, reduced by sales returns and allowances, sales discounts, and excise taxes. Gross Profit Segment Reporting Information, Profit (Loss) [Abstract] Gross Profit Depreciation and Amortization Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization [Abstract] Depreciation and Amortization Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Income before Income Taxes Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Income before Income Taxes Document and Entity Information [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Entity Registrant Name Entity Registrant Name Document Type Document Type Current Fiscal Year End Date Current Fiscal Year End Date Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding Amendment Flag Amendment Flag Entity Central Index Key Entity Central Index Key Entity Filer Category Entity Filer Category Document Period End Date Document Period End Date Document Fiscal Year Focus Document Fiscal Year Focus Document Fiscal Period Focus Document Fiscal Period Focus Equity Method Investments Equity Method Investments and Joint Ventures Disclosure [Text Block] Shipping and handling revenue Shipping and Handling Revenue Debt instrument, fair value disclosure Debt Instrument, Fair Value Disclosure Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease, by Major Property Class [Table] Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease, by Major Property Class [Table] Major Property Class [Axis] Major Property Class [Axis] Major Property Class [Domain] Major Property Class [Domain] Rail Cars [Member] Railroad Transportation Equipment [Member] Office Space [Member] Building [Member] Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease [Axis] Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease [Axis] Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease [Domain] Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease [Domain] Property Subject to Operating Lease [Member] Property Subject to Operating Lease [Member] Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease [Line Items] Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease [Line Items] Property subject to operating leases, number of units Property Subject to or Available for Operating Lease, Number of Units Income tax expense (benefit) Effective tax rate (as a percent) Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, Percent Federal statutory rate (as a percent) Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, at Federal Statutory Income Tax Rate, Percent Reduction of effective income tax rate due to discrete event (as a percent) Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, Other Adjustments, Percent Valuation allowance related to capital loss carryforwards Deferred Tax Assets, Valuation Allowance Corporate Borrowings Debt Disclosure [Text Block] Schedule of Inventory Schedule of Inventory, Current [Table Text Block] Compensation and Retirement Disclosure [Abstract] Employee and Non-Employee Benefit Plans Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits Disclosure [Text Block] Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract] Commitments and Contingencies Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block] Statement of Cash Flows [Abstract] Cash Flows from Operating Activities Cash Flows from Operating Activities [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Used in Operating Activities: Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income (Loss) to Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities [Abstract] Depreciation and amortization Deferred income taxes, including change in valuation allowance Deferred Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Share-based compensation Share-based Compensation Equity method investment earnings Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities: Increase (Decrease) in Operating Capital [Abstract] Receivables, net Increase (Decrease) in Receivables Inventory Increase (Decrease) in Inventories Prepaid expenses Increase (Decrease) in Prepaid Expense Accounts payable Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Payable Accounts payable to affiliate, net Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Payable, Related Parties Accrued expenses Increase (Decrease) in Accrued Liabilities Income taxes payable Increase (Decrease) in Income Taxes Payable Deferred credit Increase (Decrease) in Deferred Revenue Accrued retirement health and life insurance benefits AccruedRetirementHealthAndLifeInsuranceBenefitsAndOtherNoncurrentLiabilities The increase (decrease) during the reporting period in the current portion of the liability that represents various benefits due to former or inactive employees, their beneficiaries, and covered dependents after employment but before retirement as well as the change in certain other non-current liabilities. Net cash used in operating activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities Cash Flows from Investing Activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities [Abstract] Additions to plant, property and equipment Payments to Acquire Property, Plant, and Equipment Net cash used in investing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities Cash Flows from Financing Activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities [Abstract] Stock shares repurchased Payments for Repurchase of Common Stock Payment of dividends Payments of Dividends Principal payments on long-term debt Repayments of Long-term Debt Proceeds from credit facility Proceeds from Lines of Credit Payments on credit facility Repayments of Lines of Credit Loan fees incurred with borrowings Payments of Debt Issuance Costs Net cash provided by financing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities Decrease in cash and cash equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents, Period Increase (Decrease) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year Cash and cash equivalents, end of period Dividends declared (in dollars per share) Dividends paid (in dollars per share) Total payment Equity in earnings (loss) of joint ventures Cost of sales, related party transactions Related Party Transaction, Purchases from Related Party Operating Segments Segment Reporting Disclosure [Text Block] Long-term Purchase Commitment [Table] Long-term Purchase Commitment [Table] Category of Item Purchased [Axis] Category of Item Purchased [Axis] Long-term Purchase Commitment, Category of Item Purchased [Domain] Long-term Purchase Commitment, Category of Item Purchased [Domain] Warehouse Expansion [Member] Capital Addition Purchase Commitments [Member] Purchase Commitment, Excluding Long-term Commitment [Axis] Purchase Commitment, Excluding Long-term Commitment [Axis] Purchase Commitment, Excluding Long-term Commitment [Domain] Purchase Commitment, Excluding Long-term Commitment [Domain] Capital Expenditures [Member] Capital Expenditures [Member] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Long-term Purchase Commitment [Line Items] Long-term Purchase Commitment [Line Items] Commitments Long-term Purchase Commitment, Amount Aggregate purchase commitments Purchase Commitment, Remaining Minimum Amount Committed Area of campus (in acres) Area of Campus Area of Campus Strategic growth period Long-term Purchase Commitment, Period Purchases made against approved investment amount Long-term Commitment, Payments for Purchases Made Against Commitment Long-term Commitment, Payments for Purchases Made Against Commitment Insurance deductible Loss Contingency, Insurance, Deductible Loss Contingency, Insurance, Deductible Penalty issued by OSHA Loss Contingency, Loss in Period Schedule of Share-based Compensation Arrangements by Share-based Payment Award [Table] Schedule of Share-based Compensation Arrangements by Share-based Payment Award [Table] Plan Name [Axis] Plan Name [Axis] Plan Name [Domain] Plan Name [Domain] The 2014 Plan [Member] Employee Equity Incentive Plan [Member] Employee Equity Incentive Plan [Member] The Directors' Plan [Member] Non-Employee Director Equity Incentive Plan [Member] Non-Employee Director Equity Incentive Plan [Member] Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award [Line Items] Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award [Line Items] Number of active equity-based compensation plans Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Number of Awards Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Number of Awards Grants in period (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Grants in Period RSUs forfeited for termination of employment (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Forfeited in Period Unamortized balance of liability-classified awards, net of estimated forfeitures Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Vested in Period, Fair Value Schedule of Segment Reporting Information, by Segment Schedule of Segment Reporting Information, by Segment [Table Text Block] Schedule of Segment Reporting Identifiable Assets ScheduleOfSegmentReportingIdentifiableAssetsTableTextBlock -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Net sales Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Revenue Cost of sales and expenses Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Cost of Sales Net income Equity Method Investment, Summarized Financial Information, Net Income (Loss) Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract] Derivative Instruments Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Text Block] Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation Consolidation, Policy [Policy Text Block] Use of Estimates Use of Estimates, Policy [Policy Text Block] Inventory Inventory, Policy [Policy Text Block] Equity Method Investments Equity Method Investments, Policy [Policy Text Block] Revenue Recognition Revenue Recognition, Policy [Policy Text Block] Income Taxes Income Tax, Policy [Policy Text Block] Earnings per Share Earnings Per Share, Policy [Policy Text Block] Long-lived Assets and Loss on Impairment of Assets Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets, Policy [Policy Text Block] Fair Value of Financial Instruments Fair Value Measurement, Policy [Policy Text Block] Recent Accounting Pronouncements New Accounting Pronouncements, Policy [Policy Text Block] Statement of Comprehensive Income [Abstract] Company sponsored benefit plans: Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Pension and Other Postretirement Benefit Plans, Adjustment, Net of Tax Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Reclassification Adjustment from AOCI for Investments Transferred from Available-for-sale to Equity Method, Net of Tax Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Reclassification Adjustment from AOCI for Investments Transferred from Available-for-sale to Equity Method, Net of Tax Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Reclassification Adjustment from AOCI for Investments Transferred from Available-for-sale to Equity Method, Net of Tax Other comprehensive loss Comprehensive income Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Attributable to Parent Wells Fargo Bank [Member] Wells Fargo Bank [Member] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Fixed asset sub-line term loan [Member] Secured Debt [Member] Secured Debt [Member] Credit Agreement, Variable Rate Due 2020 [Member] Credit Agreement, Variable Rate Due 2020 [Member] Credit Agreement, Variable Rate Due 2020 [Member] Secured Promissory Note Due 2022 [Member] Secured Promissory Note Due 2022 [Member] Secured Promissory Note Due 2022 [Member] Credit Agreement (variable rate) due 2020 Credit Agreement - Term Loan, 3.034% (variable rate) due 2020 Long-term Debt, Gross Secured Promissory Note, 3.71% (variable rate) due 2022 Secured Debt Unamortized loan fees Total Less current maturities of long term debt Long-term Debt, Current Maturities Long-term debt Long-term Debt, Excluding Current Maturities Credit Agreement, interest rate (as a percent) Variable interest rate (as a percent) Debt Instrument, Interest Rate, Effective Percentage Variable interest rate (as a percent) Debt Instrument, Interest Rate During Period Operations: Continuing Operations: [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. -- Share information: Share information: [Abstract] -- None. No documentation exists for this element. --