RAGBRAI has added a new ride to their training series for 2019, the Big Rove. The Des Moines Register


Get ready to put your lips on some locally crafted beer uniquely brewed for RAGBRAI this year. 

Big Grove Brewery out of Iowa City and Solon is brewing "Tailwind," a 16-ounce golden ale that will be available at all of the RAGBRAI towns, RAGBRAI training rides and at the Iowa Craft Beer Tents. It is made from an English yeast strain, said Doug Goettsch, co-founder of Big Grove Brewery.

The two-year partnership between RAGBRAI and Big Grove Brewery will include beer cans that feature the RAGBRAI logo and each of the towns printed on the top of the cans.

"Tailwind" is a beer with a "wide appeal" that isn't too hoppy, Goettsch said. People will be able to drink several cans of it and still be able to bike.

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"We wanted it to be crushable," Goettsch said.

The brewery first opened in Solon in 2013. 

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