Here are the new breweries opening in Iowa this year
More than a dozen breweries are planning to open or expand across Iowa in 2017, including in cities such as Burlington, Waukee, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Dubuque. Wochit
Beer, beer everywhere and not a drop to drink. Yet.
There are an estimated 73 breweries producing locally-crafted beer across Iowa with more than a dozen more in the planning and building phases for 2017. With craft beer hitting a 12 percent nationwide market share in 2016, according to Fortune, the trend continues to grow in Iowa and beyond. If breweries continue to open in Iowa, the state could finish 2017 nearing the 100-brewery milestone.
Here is a look at the Iowa breweries expanding, relocating or planning to open doors for the first time this year.
Backpocket Brewery (winter)
The eastern Iowa brewery, with an original location in Coralville, plans to open its second and third locations: a pilot pub in Cedar Rapids and a taproom in Dubuque. The pilot pub will serve as a place for Backpocket to experiment with different brews, such as a citra pilsner and double-barrel version of the brewery’s established “Raygun” beer, and the taproom plans to feature 16 taps.
Barn Town Brewing (winter)
The Waukee-based brewery plans to deliver a rustic Iowan experience for its patrons, with a dining room featuring repurposed barn wood from throughout the state. The brewpub plans to steer away from flagships at first, opting to see what resonates with drinkers. Plans for beer do, however, include a sour, a session India pale ale, and porter. Doors plan to open in February.
New American Brewery (winter)
The Ankeny-based brewery that’s been dishing out beer in bottles and kegs across central Iowa since 2013 opened its doors to a new taproom earlier this month. The roughly 4,000-square-foot room features an industrial-style aesthetic and 10 beer taps. The brewery plans to keep cider and root beer, as well as craft beer, on tap.
Peace Tree Brewing (winter)
Peace Tree Brewing, originally based in Knoxville, Ia., expanded to Des Moines in January with the New Year’s Day opening of the Peace Tree “Des Moines Branch.” The taproom features 25 taps that features Peace Tree beers as well as a guest cider. The taproom holds about 100 people and a patio is expected to open once weather permits.
Parkside Brewing Co. (winter)
Self-proclaimed as the first Burlington, Ia., brewery since prohibition, Parkside has been dishing out its Chai stout to restaurants in southeast Iowa since 2016. Plans for the future of the brewery include opening a brewpub that serves pizza in February. The name “Parkside” is influenced by the two parks, Crapo and Dankwardt Memorial, that sit adjacent to the brewery on Burlington’s south side.
Big Grove Brewing (spring)
The Solon-born brewery plans to expand to the south side of Iowa City in 2017. Sporting 20 beer taps and a walk-up window to order food, the new taproom plans to connect to an outdoor patio that will open in warm months. Big Grove will initially serve core beers at the Iowa City location, including a golden ale, wheat beer and IPA.
7 Hills Brewing Co. (spring)
Planning to open in Dubuque, the name “7 Hills” derives from a nickname once used to describe the northeastern Iowa city. Keeping up with the theme of “seven,” the brewery plans to offer seven beers year-round: an American wheat ale, nut brown ale, Irish red ale, IPA, smoked cherrywood Imperial stout, American strong ale and an American pale ale sour.
Second Street Brewing Co. (spring)
Located on the corner of Second and State streets in downtown Cedar Falls, Second Street plans to offer beers such as a balanced IPA, blonde ale and black lager in its planned taproom. The roughly 12,500-square-foot room with open ceilings will be able to hold about 100 people and the brewery plans to partner with local restaurants to allow patrons to carry in food to pair with the beer.
SingleSpeed Brewing (summer)
Set to open in the Waterloo building that hosted Wonder Bread in generations past, SingleSpeed plans to expand from its original Cedar Falls location to the 90-year-old building. Brewers are planning a beer series, appropriately titled the “Wonder Beers,” with the opening of the new room. The new location plans to host a full dining room and kitchen, with beer offerings ranging from seasons to coffee beers. SingleSpeed first opened its doors in December 2012.
Middle River Brewing (summer)
Winterset may see its first brewery open in 2017. Organizers plan to launch a small brewing system as an extension of the historic Northside Cafe. The name “Middle River Brewing” comes from the river of the same name that runs to the south of Winterset.
Marto Brewing Co. (summer)
Named by Paste Magazine as one of the nine breweries to watch “as they go commercial,” Marto plans to bust into the Sioux City brew scene in 2017. The brewery will feature an IPA and porter for flagship beers and bottle beers such as their barrel sour and farmhouse series.
River Hops Brewing (fall)
The latest brewery with ambitions to open shop in Fort Dodge wants to bring a rotating offering of beer to the planned Central Avenue taproom. Featuring an industrial taproom with brick walls and an outdoor garden area, beers planned for River Hops include a Scottish ale and different pilsners.
PIVO Brewing (fall)
This Calmar, Ia., space plans to double in use as a local brewery and art studio. The brewery anticipates hosting a few to-be-determined flagship beers, with a focus on seasonal and single-batch beers. The art studio plans to be a space for classes and tutoring.
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. (fall)
From 2016: Find out what makes Toppling Goliath beer, brewed in Decorah, Iowa, so special from founder Clark Lewey and brewmaster Michael Saboe. Register file video
The award-winning Iowa brewery known for flagship beers such as the “PseudoSue” American pale ale and “Dorothy’s” lager plans to have its first wort produced at a new Decorah facility in October. The space is set to feature a new taproom and brewing facility.
More Des Moines brew news:
- Exile Brewing Co. is on track to complete a 3,800-square-foot expansion to its 1514 Walnut St. location. The expansion includes an updated beer garden, new canning line, nine 120-barrel fermentation tanks and one 120-barrel brite tank. The expansion should be complete by March, a news release said.
- Confluence Brewing Co. released its first canned beers on Jan. 21, marking an expansion milestone for the Des Moines brewery (1235 Thomas Beck Road). Confluence flagship beers Des Moines IPA and Farmer John ale are now available in can.