Looking for a fun way to spend the weekend? Grab your pals and head on over to a local brewery for craft beers and great atmospheres! From outdoor patio areas with live music to menus full of mouthwatering grub and refreshing brews you won’t find anywhere else, you owe it to yourself to explore some of the best beers Iowa and the corridor has to offer!
To make it easy for you, we created an interactive map so you can easily see which taprooms are closest to you or which ones might have you ready for a road trip (with a designated driver, of course).
Cheers to the weekend, Iowans! Which of the breweries on our list are making it to the top of yours?
1. Lion Bridge Brewing Company - 59 16th Ave SW (Czech Village) Cedar Rapids
With beers like the Blood Orange Radler and appetizers like braised pork nachos, this local brewery is a must visit.
2. Iowa Brewing Co. - 708 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Grab a buzz at the bar or check out their shiny brewhouse where they make their Iowa craft beers, or, grab a bite from a food truck you can often find parked outside. They also offer crowlers, (32 oz single use) smaller versions of growlers for all you expert beer lovers out there.
3. The Quarter Barrel Arcade And Brewery - 616 2nd Ave SE
Love a great atmosphere and even better beer? The Quarter Barrel is the place for you. I don’t know which would be harder, picking what game you want to play first or choosing a brew from their impressive beer list.
4. Backpocket Brewing - 903 Quarry Rd, Coralville, IA
What’s better than sipping a cold beer in the hot sun? Grab your favorite flavor from their tap and pair it with a yummy pizza, meat and cheese plate, toast spread, salad or dessert!
5. Big Grove Brewery and Tap Room - 1225 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City
The hottest new place to go in Iowa City, Big Grove offers a large indoor taproom complete with cool decorations and a sprawling outdoor patio space with plenty of seating. Dogs and kids are welcome and the food is hard to beat!
6. Big Grove Brewery - 101 W Main St, Solon
No, we didn’t accidentally list it twice. Big Grove got its start in Solon and still operates a full-service brewery and restaurant in its original location!
7. Millstream Brewing Company - 835 48th Ave Amana
Millstream is Iowa’s oldest brewery and comes with an antique feel you won’t find anywhere else. Their outdoor space is the perfect place to sip one of their year round, seasonal or brewmaster blends while enjoying some live music and good company.
8. Kalona Brewing Company - 405 B Avenue, Kalona
With a restaurant that specializes in organic and locally produced fare, this place is about as Iowa as it gets. Order a kid friendly wood-fired pizza for the family and a round of beers for the adults and you’re sure to have a great time enjoying the day inside their large seating area.
9. Another Road Brewing Co. – 631 9th St., Marion
Their craft beers include Farmers Daughter IPA, Dry Pump Stout, Hay Loft Hefeweizen, Cheeky Queen Honey Wheat and Bare Back Belgian along with a rotating selection of brews from national and regional craft breweries.
10. Third Base Brewery – 500 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
With a menu full of classic bar food like cheeseburgers, wings, onion rings and cheese nuggets, this spot is perfect for the hungry drinker. Play a round of pool or darts and keep the party going for as long as you’d like!
11. ReUnion Brewery – 516 2nd St, Coralville
Calling all Sunday Brunchers. This spot is known for its creativity in both its label art, mixology and food menu. Hit them up for great daily drink specials as well as pasta, tacos, pizza, calzones, sliders, salads and (if you have room for it) dessert!