Over 100 beers from 26 Iowa breweries will be available for tasting at the 10th annual Festival of Iowa Beers this Sunday, August 31, 1–5 p.m. in Amana.
The festival will take place, rain or shine, across from the Millstream Brewing Company (835 48th Avenue, Amana) and feature barbecue from TC Bone’z, stone hearth pizzas from Maggie’s Farm Pizza and live music by Holiday Road. Millstream co-owner Teresa Albert said the price of admission includes a souvenir sampling glass and the ability to sample every beer available. No extra drink tickets will need to be purchased.
Though no special commemoration is planned for the event’s 10th anniversary, Albert said a lot has changed since the first festival. Eight breweries attended the first edition.
“That was every brewery in Iowa,” she said. By comparison, there are now over 50 licensed breweries in the state.
Albert said this year’s festival is especially exciting given the number of new breweries that have opened in Iowa within the last year. Firetrucker, Lion Bridge, and New American are among the newcomers to Iowa’s craft beer scene that will be offering samples. Also, because many Iowa breweries do not sell their beers in stores or bars, Albert said the festival offers beer enthusiasts an opportunity to try brews they would otherwise need to travel across the state to enjoy at the brewery.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Millstream brewery for $20. Albert said tickets will likely be available the day of the event for $25, but the festival has sold out four of the last five years and recommends buying tickets early.
A designated driver ticket is also available for $10.