What are you doing today?! If it’s not heading to the Iowa Craft Brew Festival in Des Moines, change your plans!I, along with some of your favorite breweries will be there. Like who?
What more could you want! Join us for a beer on the bridge! Visit Iowa Craft Brew Festival’s webpage for all the details. Can’t wait to see you there!
A friend of mine recently shared an article, “The 10 Best Craft Breweries in Iowa.” I was proud to see I had been to most of them and agreed with their choices. I will admit though, I was a little surprised to see Mason City Brewing on the list. I knew there was a brewery in town, but I had never been to it. I grew up 40 miles east of Mason City and growing up, we made trips there for various reasons a couple times a month. From what I was certain I knew of Mason, the town was too slow, too old-fashioned for a hip, new brewery. Keeping in mind how incredibly hard it is for me to ever even whisper these words, let alone publish them on public record: I was wrong. Continue reading
Alright, who missed me?! I cannot even fathom that it has been nearly two months since my last post. This blog consumed the lion’s share of my free time for an entire semester. Apparently it paid off, thanks to much love from all of my supporters.
There are no words for how great that 100% felt. To any of you who followed my request to email my professor, THANK YOU! Also, as promised, here is that cliche picture in front of UNI’s campanile I just had to have.
This is what PURE JOY looks like!
So, just in time for Des Moines Beer Week, Iowa Brewtiful is back. I’m still working on the re-formatting tweaks, but I’m too excited to not post something. Stay tuned for posts on my recent brewery adventures, all the latest share-worthy news in the Iowa Beer Scene, and anything else my fingers feel like gabbing about. This week is likely to be full of them, capped by a special invite to the Iowa Craft Brew Festival this Saturday in Des Moines. More on all of that to come SOON. In the meantime, thanks for all the love and support!
For this week’s installment of Brewery of the Week, I road tripped to Cedar Rapids in the name of research. Actually, I should say I went to Marion. Marion folk feel the way about saying they’re “from Cedar Rapids” the way Ankeny folk feel about saying they’re “from Des Moines.” You just don’t do that. After arriving to the destination address, I discovered you have to enter Another Road Brewing through the Progress Point Business Center. You then follow the stairs down, journey through a long winding hallway, and arrive at a tiny bar tucked away in the back room of a basement. It felt exactly like a Speakeasy. So of course, I loved it.
I’m not going to lie, before my first trip to Firetrucker, I was a little skeptic. I have this inherent fear of theme restaurants, as most of them spend so much time investing in their “theme” and not nearly enough time investing in their menus and service. So while I can always appreciate something that pays homage to our brave firefighters, I was a little leery that this would be all firetrucks and dalmatians and no good beer. I could not have been more wrong. Continue reading