*We had the pleasure of landing another gig with Travel Iowa and we were excited to spark another partnership with them and promote Iowa’s breweries. All the views expressed in this blog post are of my own. Grab an Iowa beer and do some gallivanting!
Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Linn County
Let’s think of some nutritional things that Iowa is known for. Corn, beef, pork, soybeans, eggs, and…BEER! The craft beer boom in the heart of the heartland is still going strong, and Travel Iowa has found another way to get our attention lured to the beverage that we keep searching for. Even though we know right where to get our favorite craft beers, many of us are still on a mission to find more breweries to check off on our bucket lists. Or should we call it our keg calculators? Pint passions? Jug journal? Let’s just download one of the newest tools onto our smart phones that will keep us busy with a lot of fizzy memories and call in the Iowa Beer Passport!
Holy mother of local IPAs it’s easy to get your mobile beer buddy up and rearin’ to go! Iowa has become a legendary craft beer destination and now you can check-in to a passport at many of its breweries. It’s free to sign up, you can win prizes, qualify for some great deals, and all the while support local businesses. Every check-in even counts towards an entry in the grand prize drawing of a $100 gift card to the brewery of your choice. Keep Iowans employed by drinking local beer! That’s a concept I can get behind.
You know where there’s a good place to keep that frothy wave of momentum going? One of the best brewery hubs in the Midwest that we all know as the City of Five Seasons. That’s Cedar Rapids, baby!
We hit up three of CR’s local breweries and went to flight school in all of them. The first stop was Quarter Barrel Brewery & Arcade, and this place supplied some much-needed entertainment. Vintage arcade games from decades past with pinball machines galore. The staff was eager to see customers coming through the door and exuded some great humor as we chatted about the movies What About Bob and Empire Records playing on the flat screen TV at the bar. Two awesome 90s movies! But, hey! We’re here for the beer! They have a lot of them on draught with many of them brewed right in their own facility. These fun loving beermakers know there’s a brew out there for everyone and that’s exactly what they do best when it comes to their selections.
Second stop was a destination that’s right in between the Downtown and Little Bohemia districts which makes it walking distance to so much more of CR! Iowa Brewing Company with its beautiful rush of cool air hitting us as we walked in from a hot Iowa summer day. That’s beer drinking weather right there, my friends. And I LOVE shinny things! The inner workings of how Iowa Brewing Company makes their beers is in full display wherever you sit. Some people like the tranquil feelings a peaceful aquarium gives you and I don’t fault anyone for that. But give me some large and bright colored brewery equipment skied over me any day. I’ll take the inviting brown hue that comes off the growlers thank you very much.
Iowa Brewing Company has the crew and the brew to keep you pleasantly occupied the entire time. We even traded off tattoo stories stories while we were here! Tats, cold Iowa beers, break from the heat, and a group of bartenders that keep you laughing with them. Full day right there in this taproom, Gallivant nation.
A short walk from the second stop was Clock House Brewing! I love historic buildings and this brewery sits in an old clock house that first went up 102 years ago. It’s now a beautiful brewpub that plays nice with its neighbor, Black Sheep Social Club.
They want to appease every palate which is why they feature a wide array of beers. We took advantage of the patio and watched the CR universe go by as we enjoyed another flight. Soaking up the sun with Iowa beer is my preferred way to stay occupied while outdoors.
This is why Iowa has become a leader in the craft beer world. Those were several of the state’s amazing beers in just three breweries and in just one city! Your Iowa Beer Passport is ready to be revved up, so start checking into your local brewery and begin “hopping” around this amazing state to tasty breweries in communities all over the map. There’s a whole world of beer out there and it can be enjoyed right here in Iowa!