Iowa Craft Beers & Breweries

Month: June 2015

Now at Firetrucker: The CatDragon


As you recall, I was over-the-moon excited for Firetrucker’s release of the CatDragon last week.  With a whopping 11.5% abv, this is likely the most alcoholic ginger beer on the planet.  As expected, the brewery and the launch party did not disappoint. The place was packed, and even beer celebrities Iowa Craft Beer Tent were in the house.  (Yes, beer celebrities are a real thing.  And I aspire to be one.)  All in attendance laughed over the telling of the epic saga of how the CatDragon came to be.


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Come to the Iowa Craft Brew Festival!


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?

Another Road
Big Grove
Boone Valley
Brick Street
Broad Street
Court Avenue
Deb’s Brewtopia
Franklin Street
Front Street
Granite City
Great River
Keg Creek
Liberty’s Forge
Lion Bridge
Lost Duck
Mason City
New American
Olde Main
Pulpit Rock
Quarter Barrel
Raccoon River
Rock Bottom
Single Speed
Third Base
Toppling Goliath
Turner Alley
Twisted Vine
West O.

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!


Brewery of the Week: Mason City Brewing!

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

Iowa Brewtiful is Back!

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!

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!


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