Another beer festival in the books and another successful one as well. The city of Dubuque hosted their beer festival this past Saturday at the Ice Arena and were greeted with a huge turnout, terrific breweries, excellent meat and cheese booths, and an entertaining band. With the V.I.P. ticket I was able to go in an hour early and not have to wait in line to try the brews. Able to talk with the guys from Big Grove, Toppling Goliath, and others.
Toppling Goliath had a smaller booth than I thought they would have and had Dorothy’s Lager and Golden Nugget on tap but were also pouring Zeelander and XHOPS bottles. When Golden Nugget went try they tapped into pseudoSue. One of my favorite moments was while waiting in line for some Sue an older gentlemen had his first taste sue, and after drinking it, said “WOW!” and then proceeded to tell his buddy how amazing it was.
There were a lot of good beers to try as some of my favorites were Big Grove breweries Red Headed Stranger, Exile’s Mamie (Schwarzbier), Bent River’s Raspberry wheat mixed with their uncommon stout, Potosi’s barleywine, and of course TG’s brews. It’s always great to catch up with Joe Hotek who works for Tallgrass Brewing and try their beers as well.
One of the more memorable events of the evening was meeting Lance Rice, a beer historian with autism who is currently having a documentary of him touring breweries across the country. Being able to ask him questions about the history of beer in Iowa was definitely a high point. To learn more about Lance’s Brewery Tour visit his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lancesbrewerytour