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.
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.
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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
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.?
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
MUSIC: Cedar County Cobras 7-10
MUSIC: Flip Side 7-10
Brewing Up Community Series w/ CRPL
- LED wearables
FOOD: Road/Hungry Rooster 5-9p
MUSIC: Mike Moncado 7-10p
Book Reading & Signing, "The Lager Queen Of Minnesota" 11:30-1:30p
MUSIC: Jason Ray Brown 7-9
MUSIC: Thomas Grubb 7-9p
MUSIC: Beers & Beats 8-11p
Wood Sign Painting Class 6-8:30p
MUSIC: Jen Norman 7-9
MUSIC: Tim Mehaffey
Check out our new merchandise here: www.iowabrewing.beer/apparel