September Newsletter

Welcome to our Brewsletter!
Can you feel it? The dog days of Summer have passed and Fall is just around the corner. Last Saturday marked the start of this year's College Football season (check out our new merchandise at the bottom of the page). The month itself began with a most excellent Festival of Iowa Beers in the Amana Colonies. And as I type these words I can't help but think that this is just a great time to drink beer.

Welcome to September, my name is Joseph and here's the news!

September's Featured Beer

Iowa Fest, a Festbier - Contrary to how it may sound, September is Oktoberfest time! Oktoberfest is an annual event originating in Munich, Germany and runs from September 21st until October 6th. What began as a wedding celebration in 1810 is now the world's largest beer festival, seeing some 6,000,000+ attendees each year. Munich's Oktoberfest has since inspired countless festivals across the globe. Festivals like this year's very first annual NewBo Oktoberfest Party, presented by yours truly ;)

The original beer of Oktoberfest was the Märzenbier, an easy drinking malt forward amber lager that has just a hint of hop spiciness on the finish and this is the style that most American brewers craft each year. However, some decades ago the Märzen was replaced by the Festbier as the official beer of Oktoberfest. In comparison, the Festbier is somewhat lighter in body and color while being slightly higher in alcohol. That being said, here in the states the terms are often interchangeable and regardless of what they're called, Oktoberfest beers like our Iowa Fest are perfect for this transition into Autumn. So send this Summer off by downing a large stein filled with two or three cans of Iowa Fest and Prost! to you my friends.

Production News

Buck Creek Hops + Iowa Brewing Co. = Buckin' Wet IPA

Next week we will be visiting Solon's Buck Creek Hop Farm to help harvest their fresh crop and we're then driving the hops back to Cedar Rapids to immediately brew a beer with them that same day!
Then, as soon as the beer is done fermenting we'll keg it and put it directly on tap - Buckin' Wet IPA, from farm to glass in 14 days - You can't get any fresher than this!

"But Joseph, this sounds so incredible. What if I can't make it to the brewery that day?" No worries. As soon as the kegs are filled we will be driving them out to half a dozen special bars who have all agreed to serve up this Wet Hop IPA the moment it arrives.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and InstaGram for a list of participants.

In the Taproom

On the second Thursday of each month the Cedar Rapids Public Library is coming to you! Try something new, meet someone new, learn something new… at Iowa Brewing Co.

September 12th: LED Wearable Circuits
October 10th: Artist Talks with Lars Voltz and Justin Vasey
November 14th: Local authors from The Writer's Room read and discuss their work

Program Details:

September we'll be sewing circuits! Make buttons, cuffs and objects of your choice with fabric, conductive thread and LED lights to let your style shine.

October we'll welcome Lars Voltz and Justin Vasey, visual artists, to discuss their work in ceramics and multiple medias to contribute to our community of local art.

November we'll have the opportunity to hear stories from the voice of the author... The Writers' Room is coming to the Tap Room to share works and discuss their writing process.

Events will take place at Iowa Brewing Company, 708 3rd St SE, just down the street from the library.

September's Limited Release

Do you recall last month's Juicy McJuice something..? Well, that beer is now called Jinkies!Apparently there's another brewery out there whose pants are far juicier than ours and so going forward, our special rotating hops, super juicy, "Mystery IPA" series will be known as Jinkies!

Our next batch of Jinkies! will be ready soon and features: Amarillo, El Dorado and Strata hops!
We will be doing a limited Taproom Exclusive can release - Date TBD

In the News - Iowa Brewing Giving Back

This is Tragedy's new design - Cans will be available sometime this Fall

Saving the best for last - I am so very proud to announce our partnership with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
The INHF's mission is "Protecting and restoring Iowa's land, water and wildlife." and in celebration of their 40th Anniversary last Wednesday, from now on a portion of the proceeds from every pint and six-pack of Tragedy of the Common that is sold will be donated to the INHF in support of their ongoing efforts to keep Iowa's waters clean.
Please take a moment to look into all of the great things that this organization does, it's very likely that their work has directly impacted your life.

What's Tappening at IOWA BREWING Co.?

Weekly Specials:
Happy Hour, 1/2 price full pours of our beers (with some exclusions)
- Tuesday - Friday from 2PM - 6PM
- All day Sunday & Monday
$2.00 Iowa Eagle tallboys, all day Saturday

Friday, 9/6/19:
MUSIC: Cedar County Cobras 7-10

Saturday, 9/7/19:
MUSIC: Flip Side 7-10

Thursday, 9/12/19:
Brewing Up Community Series w/ CRPL
- LED wearables

Friday, 9/13/19:
FOOD: Road/Hungry Rooster 5-9p
MUSIC: Mike Moncado 7-10p

Saturday, 9/14/19:
Book Reading & Signing, "The Lager Queen Of Minnesota" 11:30-1:30p
MUSIC: Jason Ray Brown 7-9

Thursday, 9/19/19:
Tango 7:30p

Friday, 9/20/19:
MUSIC: Thomas Grubb 7-9p

Friday, 9/21/19:
MUSIC: Beers & Beats 8-11p

Tuesday, 9/24/19:
Wood Sign Painting Class 6-8:30p

Friday, 9/27/19:
MUSIC: Jen Norman 7-9

Saturday, 9/28/19:
MUSIC: Tim Mehaffey

Keep an eye on our Facebook, InstaGram and Twitter for updates.

Check out our new merchandise here:

Partnering with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for Clean Water

Partnering with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for Clean Water

In celebration of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, we are proud to announce our new partnership for enriching Iowa’s future! - Going forward every sale of our award winning Amber Lager, Tragedy of the Common, will support their ongoing effort to protect Iowa’s water. We are committed to donating a portion of the proceeds from every pint and six-pack of Tragedy to insure that Iowa continues to remain a good place to grow and that our most precious resources are safeguarded for future generations.

The INHF’s mission is protecting and restoring Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. Please take a moment to find out more about all of the great work that they do here: because whether you enjoy Iowa’s rivers, lakes and streams or spend time on our network of bike trails or simply appreciate natural spaces - it’s very likely that the INHF has directly affected your life.

An Iowa Beer Tradition: The Blessing of the Bock

An Iowa Beer Tradition: The Blessing of the Bock

This Saturday we’ll be hosting our third Blessing of the Bock ceremony in our taproom at 2pm. We sat down with Jeff Allen, the founder of the old Stone City Brewing and ring leader of the Blessing ceremony, to learn more about this 22 year old tradition.

Giving Back - Resilience IPA

Giving Back - Resilience IPA

TOTAL RAISED: $4,204.20

Late last year Sierra Nevada, a pillar of American craft beer, put out a call for help following the recent wild fires that hit their community hard. We, along with over 1,400 breweries across the country, brewed Resilience IPA and pledged to donate 100% of its proceeds to the Camp Fire Relief Fund.

March Newsletter

March Newsletter

Welcome to our Brewsletter! This is February, and here’s the news

Join the Iowa Brewing Company Mug Club

Join the Iowa Brewing Company Mug Club

The Iowa Brewing Company Mug Club is an exclusive club for customers who receive special perks and discounts at Iowa Brewing Company. Join online or in the taproom.

February Newsletter

February Newsletter

Welcome to our Brewsletter! This is February, and here’s the news.

New England Logger Returns as Spring Seasonal

New England Logger Returns as Spring Seasonal

New England Logger, our New England-inspired Pale Lager, returns this week as our Spring Seasonal. 6 packs are now available in our taproom and will go out to retailers next week.

New Experimental IPA - Kveik Yeah!

New Experimental IPA - Kveik Yeah!

Today we’re tapping a new experimental IPA called Kveik Yeah! Learn a bit more about this Norwegian IPA from our Head Brewer, Mike Wing.

New Sour Ale Series Debuts with Mango Bling Jacket

New Sour Ale Series Debuts with Mango Bling Jacket

Mango Bling Jacket, the first beer in our new Sour Ale series, debuts tomorrow. Bling Jacket is anything but basic. Fashioned with lactose, vanilla, and ample fruit. Juicy. Tart. This first test batch will only be available on draft, with 4-packs coming next month