The new brew in town, Iowa Brewing Company
When I moved to Cedar Rapids there was one brewery in town and one about 40 minutes out of town. A lot has changed in a short time and now there are five breweries in town and at least one more in the works, possibly two. Last weekend we were on the way to a cooking class and I purposely drove by a brewery that has been in the planning stage for around two years and was excited to see lots of people inside. I didn’t even think about it, we were going there after our sushi class. Honestly, what’s better than beer? Probably only free beer. Turns out we walked into Iowa Brewing Company’s soft opening. The beer community being the beer community, we were told to come on in for some samples and friendly conversation. Funny enough this isn’t the first time this has happened. We got a chance to speak with a couple investors and it always brings me pleasure to hear the passion and enthusiasm. One of the majority owners had a hand in Great Divide Brewing Co in Denver so things seemed pretty well planned out with 1,000 kegs in cold storage ready to roll out the back door. We sampled everything they had that night, got a few glasses and a crowler of IPA to go and went home. The official opening is this week and we will definitely stop by, I urge anyone else in town to do the same.
On Wednesday I finally opened up the crowler. I do love IPA’s but am very picky about them. I prefer them to be around 50 IBU’s and the hops absolutely must be balanced with the malts. Once the beer warmed up a little it was a nice balanced, citrusy beer with a finish a bit on the sweeter side. If you don’t go for the IPA they have a few other beers and more planned. I look forward to seeing what they produce in the future.
You can find Iowa Brewing Company at 708 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
The website doesn’t have much info currently but check back, I’m sure more info is on the way soon!