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The Register's Brian Taylor Carlson breaks down all of this year's new fair foods and tells you which ones to try! Brian Powers, bpowers@dmreg.com

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Iowa breweries are getting creative this year and sprinkling in a little bit of Iowa State Fair magic into their beers.

Sick of Bud Light or Michelob Ultra? Fairgoers can try these limited-time creative concoctions at the Iowa Craft Beer Tent. A flight sample of three drinks is $8, while a pint of any of the beers is also $8.

We tried sample sizes of some of the wackiest beers that caught our eyes and judged them based off three criteria: Taste, visual and fair durability — aka, can I drink this and still go down the giant slide?

Corn Dog Ale

Court Avenue Brewing Comany

Taste: The only thing that is reminiscent of a corn dog is the smokey after taste that reminds me of a grill on a hot summer day. When the ale first hits your tongue, it has hints of a dark maple syrup. By the time you’re finishing the sip, the smokey-oak flavor busts in.

If you didn’t tell me it was a corn dog beer, I wouldn’t have thought of it. But once you know that it's inspired by the State Fair classic, you can't help but think about it while you're drinking it. (Is this like a maple syrup corn dog? An oak-smoked corn dog? An oaky corn dog? A maple syrup dog?)

A solid ale, with a little bit of a smokey twist.

Visual: An attractive dark ale color that doesn’t have any semblance of the pink fleshiness of the innards of a corn dog.

Fair durability: I would be dancing on the top of the Bud Tent if I had more than two or three of these drinks.

Funnel Cake Kölsch

Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company

Taste: If you want your dose of sugar for the fair, this beer is it.

The taste of the beer is like a light lager with a big blast of sweetener. The brewery, Reclaimed Rails in Bondurant, posted that they added a “liberal amount of funnel cake flavoring” and I agree. This reminds me of a cooked sweet corn taste or artificial sweetener.

Visual: A clear, golden kölsch

Fair durability: Fewer calories than a funnel cake, but too sweet to have more than one.

Deep-Fried Apple Pie Sour Ale

Big Grove Brewery & Taproom and Jefferson County Ciderworks

Taste: A refreshing, mildly tart sour ale that is a nice drink on a humid Iowa State Fair summer day. The ale is similar to the faint taste of a sour apple, but doesn't lean too sweet like a cider. 

Visual: Cloudy sour ale, similar in color to fresh squeezed apple juice.

Fair durability: I'll skip the apple slush and go for a few of these thirst quenching drinks at the fair.

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