The Tappening Final Brewery List: June 10th @Noon

Tappening Poster 2017 (1)The Tappening in Dubuque, IA, part of America’s River Festival will be taking place this Saturday starting at noon. VIP tickets have all been sold out but general admission tickets are still available. Visit here for more info. Below is the final list of breweries that will be sampling out their beers this Saturday!

Brewery City State
3 Oaks Distillery Holy Cross IA
Another Road Brewing Marion IA
Backpocket Coralville IA
Baraboo Brewing Co Dubuque IA
Barn Town Brewing West Des Moines IA
Bells Kalamazoo MI
Bent River Brewing Moline IL
Big Grove Solon IA
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co Galena IL
Catfish Charlie’s Dubuque IA
Confluence Brewing Des Moines IA
Contrary Brewing Muscatine IA
DeSchutes Bend OR
Duber – Dubuque Bier Co. Dubuque IA
Elysian Seattle WA
Exile Brewing Des Moines IA
Firestone Walker Paso Robles CA
FireTrucker Brewery Ankeny IA
Franklin Street Brewing Co Manchester IA
Front Street Brewing Davenport IA
Galena Brewing Co Galena IL
Generations Brewing Company Freeport IL
Golden Road Los Angeles CA
Iowa Brewing CO Cedar Rapids IA
Jubeck Brewery Dubuque IA
Kalona Brewing Co. Kalona IA
Lake Front Brewing Milwaukee WI
Millstream Amana IA
Mississippi River Distilling Co. Le Claire IA
Odell Fort Collins CO
Paradise Distilling Dubuque IA
Potosi Brewery Potosi WI
Schlafly St. Louis MO
Sierra Nevada Chico CA
Spiked Seltzer St. Louis MO
Surly Minneapolis MN
Toppling Goliath Decorah IA
Virtue Cider Fennville MI

If you are in the Dubuque area this weekend and are looking for something to do, check out America’s River Festival and The Tappening!

A Tappening: Port of Dubuque Final Beer Vendor List

tappeningHere’s who will be appearing on at “The Tappening” on June 11th in the Port of Dubuque. A pretty solid looking list. Haven’t seen what specific beers will be brought but a nice Iowa representation along with 7G and Johnson Brothers. Hope you can make it!

Another Road Brewing


Ballast Point

Baraboo Brewing Co


Bent River Brewing

Big Grove

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co

Confluence Brewing


Exile Brewing

Franklin Street Brewing Co

Front Street Brewing

Galena Brewing Co

Generations Brewing Company

Goose Island

Great River

Green Flash

Iowa Brewing CO

Jubeck Brewery

Kalona Brewing Co.

Lion Stone


Mississippi River Distilling Co.


Oskar Blues

Paradise Distilling

Potosi Brewery

Rockford Brewing Co.

Shock Top

Sierra Nevada

Stella Artois




Third Base Brewery

Turner Alley

Dubuque River Festival Brewfest Beer List

tshirtThis is just the first release on what will be available Saturday, June 13th in Dubuque. More updates will follow! The t-shirt pictured will be for sale as well. Hope to see everyone there!



-Jack knife

-Sling Shot

-Cane Blade


*Goose Island-



-Summer Ale


-Bourbon Co.


-Rye Saison

-Tangerine IPA

-Potosi Light

-Steamboat Shandy


-Pale Ale APA




-Hopvale Organic

-Great Northern Porter


-16 Bit


-8 Bit

-Buffalo Sweat

-Fruit Saison

1st Round of Brews Available at Dubuque Beer Festival

brewfestThe first round of beers that are going to be poured at the Dubuque Beer Festival Saturday, February 15th has been released. There should be more information on what else is being brought as the week goes on but so far here’s the list:

Grumpy Troll – Spetsnaz Stout, Fox and Badger Ale, Troll’s Gold Lager

 Potosi Brewing –  Potosi Tangerine IPA, Eclipse Black IPA, Potosi Barrel Aged Brandy Wine, Steamboat Shandy, Gandy Dancer Porter..


Blue cat brew pub will be sampling their  abbey…..something and blue bastard Baltic porter

 @CapBrew lineup for #DbqBrewfest – Jobu Rum Barrel Aged Brown Ale, Wisconsin Amber, Mutiny IPA, Maibock, and Dark Voyage IPA

Backpocket Brewing from Coralville, IA
Slingshot Dunkel, Penny Whistle Bavarian Wheat, Wooden Nickel Scottish Lager, Gold Coin Helles!

Boulevard Brewing Company ‘s lineup: Boulevard Tank Series (Saison), Irish Ale (Spring Seasonal), Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer, and Boulevard’s Single Wide IPA. #DbqBrewfest

Bent River Brewing Company
UnCommon Stout
Jalapeño Pepper Ale

Boston Beer Company :
Sam Adams Rebel IPA
Sam Adams Lager
Sam Adams Cold Snap
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple

Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado
Breckenridge Ophelia
Breckenridge 471 IPA Small Batch

Exile Brewing Co.
Ruthie (Gold Lager)
Hannah (South German Style Hefeweizen)
Gigi (Dark Lager)

Front Street Brewery
Simcoe IPA
Davenport Gold
Raging River Ale
Winter Warmer Ale

Galena Brewing Company
Grigori’s Russian Imperial Stout
Hoppy Wheat American Wheat Ale
MacDougals 90/- Scotch Ale
Wassailers Belgian Witbier

Green Flash Brewing Co.
West Coast IPA
Double Stout Black IPA
Saison Diego Farmhouse Ale
Palate Wrecker

Dubuque Beerfest Review

dubuqueSaturday February 16th brought the 2nd annual Dubuque Beer Festival located in the Mystique Ice Arena. Last year’s event was a huge success and from the looks of crowd yesterday, I would say year 2 was just as successful. Lots of high points from the day as well as some things that I think they can work on overall. Thanks to my brother-in-law Tyler for getting us the tickets!

The Good
*Live music makes beer events that much better, and the Lonely Goats did not disappoint playing a nice mix of music that paired well with the overall vibe of the day.
*Food- I think a must at any festival, and one thing that the Dubuque Beerfest did better than Coralville’s BrrrFest is having different meat and cheese vendors dishing out samples but also a restaurant parked in the back serving huge burgers, wings, and more.

*Bent River Brewing – stole the show again. Jalapeño Wheat, Uncommon Stout, Raspberry Wheat, Dry-Hopped Pale Ale, all sampled by me and overall the best beers available. I even asked one of their guys to mix their stout with the raspberry wheat for a 1/2 and 1/2 and they happily obliged to create a beer that was the best thing I tasted all day. These guys are the real deal and I’m looking forward to seeing their products on the shelves in Eastern Iowa.

*Potosi Brewing – I’ve been critical of their beers in the past and haven’t really enjoyed much of what they have offered but yesterday they had everyone of their beers on tap and also brought along their Hopsmith IPA, one of their newest offerings. The aroma of this beer was fantastic, with hops greeting you strongly. A very good brew.

*Grumpy Troll- Always like to try beers from these guys based out of Mt. Horeb, WI. Fun guys to talk with and always some fun beers to try.


*Bottled beer vendors- too much of this. I can go buy bottled beer from many of the vendors in the store, I was hoping to see a bigger selection of brewers bring in fresh kegs for us to try instead of opening bottles and giving us a very small sample.

*More Iowa and Wisconsin breweries – Coralville’s BrrFest had a ton of small Iowa breweries and while Dubuque’s had a few, I was hoping for more. I would have liked to see Madhouse, Worth, 515, Confluence, CIB, etc. coming from Iowa and Ale Asylum, Capital, Central Waters, New Glarus pulled down from Wisky, just didn’t happen.

*Toppling Goliath – they were advertised but were not there. My brother-in-law has yet to try their beers and I was bragging them up pretty good, but for whatever reason, they didn’t show.

Overall a great experience, caping the night off with a trip to Monk’s Cafe for a beer and I am looking forward to year 3 of the Dubuque Beer Festival.