2017 Cedar Rapids, Iowa City (+ Marion Iowa) Breweries

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  1. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

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    Lion Bridge is the belle of this ball. Their chanterelle mushroom porter was absurdly good. I love how they make some really unique European influenced beers. Their straight up takes on European styles tend to be excellent as well (Disaster At Mieux). Clark Lewey has told me he thinks they're the best "to style" brewery in Iowa. Who am I to argue?

    I like Big Grove a lot too. I've only been once, but I've had Arms Race a few times at shorts. Everything I've had from them is high quality. I agree that they'll blow the hell up in Iowa City, which just can't seem to maintain a quality brewery in the city proper.

    I'm ok with Backpocket. I enjoy their maltier beers for what they are. It's nothing exciting, but they hit the spot in certain occasions.

    I was at Iowa Brewing Company once and wasn't blown away, but there weren't any off flavors and they were just starting out too.

    I haven't had any of the others, besides a Turner Alley pilsner at the Iowa Tap Room. I thought that was a good pils, FWIW. I've never heard anything good about Another Road.
     
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    cc1091 Active Member

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    I like their Oatmeal Stout (though the name Black Cobra sucks). However the taste of the Oatmeal Stout is also terribly affected by tap lines that are kept too cold, or that frosty mug third base always serves.

    Beyond the Oatmeal Stout and the various special brews they sometimes have, I rarely can stand to drink anything else there. However, I think ALL of their beers improved quite a lot when Travis took over the brewing there many years back. The current brew guy is also maintaining a consistent product.
     
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    Now I have a completely different opinion about Lion Bridge. I very much disliked their Chantrelle Mushroom Porter, their Disaster at Mieux, and the Workmen's Comp. ALL of these to me taste like they use moldy malts.

    I've never been disappointed by Big Grove unless it be that the beer I want to try is no longer on tap, and the rest are beer styles that aren't my first pick.

    Iowa Brewing... give them another chance. My first visit was a definite 'so what'. Now I am becoming a believer.

    Believe it will take another road til summer to become fully accustomed to the new brewing system and the new place. Quite frankly, I think they expanded too fast.
     
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    cc1091 Active Member

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    I have absolutely no quarrels with your analysis. I hope you continue to visit them now and again, I bet they improve.
     
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    All of the equipment from Turner Alley is being auctioned off (I think at one point I heard that most of the equipment had already been purchased, but I no longer think that is true). Auction is Thursday April 20 at 10:30 am. See Backes-Auction.com for details.
     
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    The Backpocket experimental brewery in Cedar Rapids is open.
    Mostly their usual product. But they do have two beers that were originally brewed by Stone City Brewery (Solon, Iowa from about 1997 until about 2003). These are John's White Ale (now brewed by Millstream) and the Ahhh Bock! (a limited re-release of this classic that is currently on tap there at Backpocket, and will on March 25 also be served at the Iowa Brewing Company)
     

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