N/A beer for the beer drinker is here! Athletic Brewing Company has what you need!

Finally, a brewery that is making some N/A craft beer and N/A seltzers for those who aren’t able to drink alcohol! Athletic Brewing Company is here for you! No matter the reason for you not to imbibe on an all alcohol beer/seltzer, Athletic has given you an option that for reaches a sixer of O’douls, especially if you are a craft beer fan. Many options are available from this brewery as far as style goes, you can pick from any of the following:

*Hazy IPA
*Golden Ale
*Mexican Lager
*Extra Dark
*Justin’s Peanut Butter Brew

I’m looking forward to trying more Athletic beers as they become available, and right now, in Iowa, the distro is limited but I’m hoping to help expand that. So, if you’re interested, hit the link below, try a few, pass it on and hopefully we can get some more Athletic on the shelves! Right now, you can get 10% off of your order, if you are in the IC/CR area and want a taste, please reach out and I can try to make that happen for you. Bar owners, please let me know if you are interested in a N/A beer to carry in your establishment! Cheers!


Lark releasing “Jordan’s Brunch Maple Stout” this Saturday (4/17)!

Lark Brewing will be releasing “Jordan’s Brunch Maple Stout” this Saturday starting @ 10 a.m. for brunch at the Lark taproom! This is a small batch release and will be limited to in house pours only so make the trek over and get a taste! Here’s more on this beer courtesy of Lark’s Facebook page:

Jordan’s Brunch is a small batch Imperial Stout, aged with vanilla and chocolate, and blended with BLiS barrel aged maple syrup. Jordan Davis has been requesting a Lark Maple Stout since we first met. Without further delay, we will be releasing Jordan’s Brunch this Saturday @ 10AM…for brunch…Cheers!
(Small Batch – in house pours only)

El Bait Shop presents “7th Annual Barrel-Aged Beer Brunch” for Feb. 27th!

El Bait Shop has released info and ticket options for their 7th Annual Barrel-Aged Beer Brunch that is set for February 27th! Here is the info on how to get tickets, sessions, and beers to be had, cheers!

Saturday February 27th
SESSION 1 – 9am-12pm
SESSION 2 – 1pm -4pm
El Bait Shop will be closed/private for the event until 4pmRESERVED SEATING available for online purchase beginning Wednesday, February 17 at 4pm:
https://www.toasttab.com/highlife-baitshopAdmission is $60 per person and sold by table reservation only:
– Table for 3-4ppl $180-$240 (9 available)
– Table for 5ppl $300 (1 available)
– Table for 6, 7 or 8ppl $360-$480 (4 available)
– Bar Seating for 2ppl $120 (5 available)Each member of your party will receive:
– Punch Card for 12 – 3oz Samples
– Biscuits + Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Unlimited Pancakes
– Event Mug
– 50% off Lunch from our menu.Attendees will need to leave after their scheduled event time to allow us to reset and sanitize between groups.In accordance with local guidelines, we must stress the importance and necessity of being masked-up unless at your seat.


Backpocket 8th

Backpocket 8th: Almond Coconut Chocolate

Backpocket 8th: Oatmeal Raisin

Backpocket Black Forest Cake

Backpocket Wake The F Up Iowa 2021

Boulevard Rye on Rye 6

Boulevard Rye on Rye Maple

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout 2019

Clown Shoes Exercising of Baxter

Clown Shoes Hephaestus

Clown Shoes Luchedor En Fuego

Confluence BA Ferryman’s Chocolate + Orange

Confluence BA Ferryman’s German Chocolate

Confluence BA Ferryman’s Bourbon BA

Exile Jesus on a Forklift 2019

Exile Jesus on a Forklift 2020

Firestone Walker Parabola 2019

Firestone Walker Parabola 2020

Firestone Walker Cocoanut Parabola

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2020

Founders KBS Maple Macinac Fudge

Great Divide Whisky Barrel Aged Yeti

Jackson Street Campers Delight

Jackson Street Breakfast w/Capone

Jackson Street Hells Half Acre French Toast (Rye BA)

Madhouse Sundae Funday

Moonlight Meadery Bourbon BA Kurt’s Apple Pie

New Holland Dragons Milk Reserve: Rum BA w/Chocolate, Hazelnut, & Coconut (2020-1)

Ommegang Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Smoked Porter

Peace Tree Cedar Ridge Coffee

Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb!

Sierra Nevada Trip In The Woods: Barrel Aged Ovila Abbey Ale

Sierra Nevada Trip In The Woods: Rum Barrel Aged Quad

Singlespeed Barrel Aged Double Donuts

Singlespeed Two Cows (Walk Into A Barrel)

Non BA Selections:

Alluvial Aurox Imperial Stout w/Maple 2020

Dimensional Imperial Cinna Man Bun

Barn Town Oh My Goodies

“Keeping it Craft!” Episode #1: Need Pizza

Haywood and I with our first video shoot and no better place to start than Need Pizza! If you’re interested in us dropping by to see what you have going on in the kitchen or the brewery, hit us up at iabeerbaron@gmail.com! Thank you Need for the kitchen access, the amazing pie, and the delicious beer! Cheers!

Iowa Brewer’s Guild releasing “Unify Hazy IPA” this week!

The first ever beer brewed by and in support of the Iowa Brewer’s Guild will be released this week in stores and many different breweries! “Unify Hazy IPA” will check in at 6.5%. Availability is listed in the release that is quoted below courtesy of the IBG!



January 27, 2021– Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Brewers Guild (IBG), an organization which provides education, legislative support, and public awareness for 115 member breweries, announces the release of its first ever guild beer: UNIFY Hazy IPA, 6.5% ABV

The idea for this hazy, hoppy India Pale Ale was born during an IBG board meeting. Brainstorming ideas about how to creatively support the guild and its member breweries, Mike Wing chimed in, “Why don’t we do what we know how to do best, and brew a [guild] beer?”

IBG board members Dave Morgan (Single Speed Brewing) and Mike Wing (Iowa Brewing Co.) led the project. Contributors, sharing time and resources to make this beer a truly unified effort, include:

Wing collaborating to create the IPA recipe with Luke Henricksen (Backpocket Brewing), John Martin (Confluence Brewing), Austin Myers (Single Speed Brewing Co.), Zack Dunbar and Scott Selix (Lua Brewing); generous sponsors Buck Creek Distributing, 818 Design, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Grace Label, and Hollingbery & Son, Inc.; brewing and packaging support from Backpocket Brewing; and distribution support from Confluence Brewing.

In addition, all IBG members enjoy the option of brewing the recipe for their taprooms, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the guild.

Find UNIFY HAZY IPA beginning the first week of February on shelves across Iowa, and on tap or in cans at Iowa Brewers Guild member breweries including:515 Brewing, Allerton Brewing Co., Backpocket Brewing (Coralville and Dubuque locations), BIT Brewery, Big Rack Brew Haus, Brightside Aleworks, Confluence Brewing, Exile Brewing Co.,  Fenders Brewing, Firetrucker Brewing, Franklin Street Brewing Co., Gezellig Brewing Co., Iowa Brewing Co., Jackson Street Brewing, Kalona Brewing Company, Lion Bridge Brewing, Limestone Brewers, Lua Brewing, Peace Tree Brewing (Des Moines and Knoxville locations), Single Speed Brewing and West O Beer.

Anvil Meat Market + Iowa Brewing teaming up for a Valentine’s “Craft Beer and Charcuterie” event!

Mark your calendars for February 14th! No, not to get a box of chocolates or some flowers for your significant other, but to stuff your face with some amazing charcuterie and some tasty brews! Anvil Meat Market in the Czech Village is teaming up Iowa Brewing Company to bring your a beer and charcuterie tasting! Here are the details on this event:

Iowa Brewing Company + Anvil Meat Market have partnered to offer a Valentine’s Special of Craft Beer & Charcuterie. Get your plus one and join us at Iowa Brewing Co Sunday, February 14th between 2-5:30pm to enjoy a delicious Charcuterie board made by Anvil Meat Market plus a flight of beer each. Tickets for this event are $35/couple. Tickets are extremely limited, so order now using the link below.https://bit.ly/iowabrew-curbside

Iowa Eats: Pedaler’s Fork in CR is worth a visit!

Pedaler’s Fork in Cedar Rapids is located in what used to be the Broken Spoke restaurant and with the owners of the Blind Pig adding their touches to the places it has made it a beer lover’s destination for sure with 108 taps…but oh my…that food makes it well worth the trip as well! Upon walking in the space is big enough for proper spacing for those who are social distancing and you notice the many tap lines right away. Flat screens on every wall for you to catch the game while you sip and snack as well.

108 tap lines – you can definitely find something for any beer style that you’d like. I had a few Big Grove Shadeshines. To keep up to date on Pedaler’s Fork’s tap list, click HERE for their untappd menu!

Pedaler’s Fork has one of those menus that makes it difficult to pick just one thing to order, so naturally I order more than one thing. Their nachos can be either with tortilla chips or waffle fries and served with mild or hot queso and they have some damn fine options! Started with the Mexican Elote nachos which is your favorite street corn in nacho form: pork carnitas, poblano cream sauce, ghost pepper cheese, fire roasted corn, cotija cheese, cilantro and lime. Fantastic start! What’s better than nachos and beer? Another order of nachos and another beer so bring on the…
BBQ Brisket nachos – queso, smoked beef brisket and pulled pork, smoked cheddar, spicy mac and cheese, bacon, and bbq drizzle. This order had some heat to it but man it was flavor packed in every bite! Both of these dishes are worth going back! Still not done though. Had to get the Southwest Chicken egg rolls! Exactly what you would think; chicken, black beans, and corn served with a southwest ranch. What I really loved about these were that they were so crispy and delicious and not a greasy mess you can get with egg rolls. Check out their menu by clicking HERE:

The menu is very diverse. Sandwiches, burgers, nachos, salads, tacos and much more. So many things I would like to try, knowing it’s going to be extremely tasty makes Pedaler’s Fork an easy destination to get back to. You need to check it out! Dine in or order to go! Delicious food awaits!

SingleSpeed “Tip the Cow Day” 2021 set for Jan. 16th!

One of the best stouts brewed in Iowa gets its own lovely day! “Tip the Cow Day” is set to take place on January 16th starting @ 9:00 a.m. in Waterloo! Here’s more details on this exciting event:

Milk Stouts, Award Winning Session Milk Stouts, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Milk Stouts, Wine Barrel-Aged Milk Stouts, Imperial Milk Stouts w/ toasted pecan and coconut, Milk Stout Ice Cream Floats……..Did we mention Milk Stout?


325 Commercial St
Waterloo, IA 50701


Saturday, January 16th, 2021
Doors Open at 9:00 AM

Let’s Talk Options.

Option #1 – Drive Thru – $65

1 2Pack – Two Cows (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)

1 500 ml Bottle – Two Cows (Wine Barrel-Aged) 

1 6Pack – Tip the Calf (GABF Gold Medal – 2020)

1 4Pack – Better than Cake (Imperial Milk Stout w/ toasted pecan and coconut)

1 Commemorative Coffee Mug

Option #2 – Beer Hall – $75

Everything listed above in Option #1 +

1 Draw of Tip the Cow, Tip the Calf, Two Cows or Better than Cake

1 Ice Cream Beer Float

An opportunity to socially distance dance (from your table / stool) to the LIVE MUSIC – band TBD

The potential opportunity to purchase additional quantities of the limited release offerings, if inventory exists


Is there a limited quantity of tickets available for purchase?

80 = Drive Thru 

60 = Beer Hall

If you elect not to purchase one you can still join us that day, but not until 11:00 AM.

Why are there only 60 on location tickets available, when you can hold over 400 people?
Oh, 2020.  For real though, it is a social distancing thing.  We want to make sure everyone is comfortable and has room to create their own 6 foot bubble away from other ‘groups’. Please be mindful of others’ space. 

At Checkout should I select “Priority’ Shipping or “Local PickUp”?
Select ‘Local PickUp’.  There is no reason to spend the extra $8.  We don’t intend to send you anything 🙂

If I decide not to purchase a ticket, but arrive at 11 AM, can I still purchase some of the limited releases ToGo?
It’s complicated.  You will not be able to get us to commit to any sort of a guarantee. 

The Wine Barrel-Aged Two Cows will most likely be sold out by 11 AM.

The Bourbon Barrel-Aged Two Cows will quite possibly be sold out by 11 AM.

The other offerings should be available in 4packs / 6packs ToGo.

When/where do tickets go on sale?
Tickets will be available to purchase through our website on CyberMonday, 11/30/20 @ 7:00AM CST.

What does the Commemorative Coffee mug look like?
Are you kidding? It’s great, have some faith. 

I went with the Drive Thru option.  When can I get my goods?
Any time between 9 AM and 11 AM that morning.  We will handle it in the same fashion we handled our scheduled pickups during the initial COVID-19 driven lockdown.  Please review ‘Overhead Map’ below.

That Overhead Map is helpful, but can you break it down a bit for me?
You bet.  Our advice is to pull onto 2nd Street and follow it around the backside of our building, circling back towards the front, and re-emerging onto Commercial Street from 3rd Street.  This will help avoid a build up of traffic on Commercial itself.  Once back on Commercial Street, continue forward until you reach the last parking spot reaching our Overhead Door area (Labeled 1A on the Map).  Stay in your car, we will greet you there, requesting to see your invoice (order #) and ID (proof of age).  From there you will pull forward to parking spot 1B. Sit back and relax while we grab your goods, and deliver them to your vehicle.

I grabbed a Beer Hall Ticket.  Anything in particular I need to know?
Three things.  One, you made a great choice.  Two, you will enter through the main building entrance / lobby / corner of 3rd & Commercial St. Three, the Diplomats are H-O-T, even in cow pajamas. 

Are Breakfast Burritos a thing?
Of course they are, beginning just after 9 AM.  The full brunch menu will go live later on in the morning.

What happens if I purchase a ticket, but I arrive at 9:45 AM?
We advise against that. Doors will open to ticket holders at 9:00 AM, but will be closed at 9:30 AM so that our staff can be focused on the party happening within our walls. Doors will open to the General Public again at 11 AM.

If I purchase a Beer Hall ticket, but due to new COVID-19 restrictions you are not allowed to open that day, then what?
In that circumstance our plan would be to transfer your purchase to the Drive Thru option, and to add a Gift Card ($10) to offset the difference in cost. 

Crane, Blackberry Farm, Omnipollo, and Stillwater coming from Abu Nawas this week!


  • Crane Brewing Festiweiss 4/6/12oz CANS – It’s the season to celebrate family and friends, and we’ve brewed a very special beer. Tangy Cranberry meets Spicy Ginger, making the holidays warm and bright. We look forward to sharing many more prosperous years with the rest of us. 4.5% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Crane De Noel 4/6/12oz CANS – Dark Sour Ale brewed with a Holiday Spices and Plums. 6.5% ABV.

Blackberry Farm:

  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 6/4/12oz CANS – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree 6/4/12oz CAN – A hop-forward Farmhouse Ale brewed with Hallertau Blanc, Southern Cross, Comet, and Citra hops. 6.5% ABV.


  • OMNIPOLLO AGAMEMNON 6/4/16oz CAN – OmniPollo’s beloved, original Maple Syrup Imperial Stout is back and better than ever in 16oz cans. 12.5% ABV.
  • OMNIPOLLO Hilma 6/4/16oz CANS – Vanilla Flippin’ Burger n’ Fries DIPA. 8% ABV.
  • OMNIPOLLO Andreas Oat 6/4/16oz CAN – Delicious New England Style Oat IPA 7% ABV.
  • OMNIPOLLO Shoutao 6/4/16oz CANS – Peach Slush IPA brewed with peach and lactose sugar. 7% ABV.
  • OMNIPOLLO Shploing! 24/12oz Can 4 Pack – The return of a Classic! IPA with marshmallow, graham cracker, salt, and lactose sugar, it’s a MANGO S’MORES IPA. 7% ABV. 
  • OMNIPOLLO Beglo 6/4/12oz CAN – All-Simcoe Citrus Bomb IPA 6% ABV. 
  • OMNIPOLLO DEVIN THE DUDE 6/4/12oz CAN – Beautifully made German-style pilsner. 5.2% ABV.
  • OMNIPOLLO Grandin 6/4/16oz CAN – Champagne Yeast-Fermented American IPA. 6% ABV. 
  • OMNIPOLLO Gygax 6/4/16oz CAN – Grapefruit Tonic Gose Ale Brewed with Grapefruit, Quinine & Lactose Sugar. 6% ABV.
  • OMNIPOLLO Lustro 6/4/12oz CAN – IIPA with The smoothness and haze of a New England style IPA, yet the bite and crushability of a west coast IPA. 8% ABV.
  • OMNIPOLLO Vanitas 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped Imperial Baklava IPA brewed with Pistachios & Almonds. 8% ABV.


  • Stillwater Why Can’t IBU (2020) 6/4/16oz CAN – Brian’s hop-driven hazed classic from 2013 returns fuller, brighter, and more seductive. Double Dry Hopped Farmhouse Pale Ale. 5.6% ABV
  • Stillwater Of Love and Regret (2020) 6/4/16oz CAN – Brian’s botanical Saison from 2010, still unique and lovely. A Botanical Saison w/ Heather, Lavender, Chamomile & Dandelion 7.2% ABV.
  • Stillwater Searching For … 6/4/16oz CAN – Oak-Aged Imperial Stout brewed with Sangiovese Grapes. 12% ABV.
  • Stillwater Extra Dry 16oz CAN – Definitely one of our Island Beers. Sake Style Saison brewed with sake rice and dry-hopped with Citra, Hallertau Blanc, and Sterling. 4.2% ABV.
  • Stillwater Artisanal Extra Dry Chu-Hi With Red Grapefruit 6/4/16oz CAN – Following the classic Extra Dry: Sake-Inspired Saison comes a fruited variant – also inspired by one of our favorite Japanese refreshments introduced to us, chūhai. Often sold as ‘Chu-Hi’ – the term is an abbreviation of “shōchū highball” – it’s a (commonly canned) cocktail of shōchū & carbonated water, flavored with various fruits. Extra Dry Chu-Hi is a brighter & lighter take on the familiar Saison, topped up with a touch of citrus and fermented dry. RED GRAPEFRUIT is the first flavor. 4.2% ABV.
  • Stillwater Artisanal Plant-Based Double IPA With Mango & Palm Sugar 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India pale ale with mango & coconut palm sugar. Hopped with Citra, Sabro & Galaxy. All-natural. 100% vegan. 8.4% ABV.
  • Stillwater General Gose 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour amber wheat ale brewed with orange peel powder, Thai chili powder, sea salt, and msg seasoning. 4.5% ABV
  • Stillwater Insetto 6/4/12oz CAN – Dry-hopped Sour with Italian plum. The beer-drinkers’ rosé. Brian worked backward with this one – first came the design, then we reverse-engineered a beer to match.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater On Fleek 6/4/12oz CAN – A 13 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with dark sugars and molasses. 13.0% ABV.
  • Stillwater / AZ Wilderness Big Bunny is Everything 6/4/12oz CAN – Strong Milk Stout collaboration with AZ Wilderness. Big Bunny IS everything. 8.0% ABV.
  • Stillwater Dry White 6/4/16oz CANS – Blanc Sour Ale Spritzer with Sauvignon Blanc Grape, Lime, and Sea Salt. 4.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Hot Pink 6/4/16oz CANS – Rosé Sour Ale Spritzer with Grenache Grape, Raspberry, and Lemon. 4.5% ABV.