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Old 09-15-2006, 04:26 AM   #1
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Default Great pub in central Iowa

If you're ever in Ames, IA, you have to visit Olde Maine Brewing Co. Great beer, great food. Beer is very reasonable, food is very high. Plus, if you join the Beer Enthusiasts Union, you get 25 oz mugs for $3, free beer every time a new batch is released, and 10% rebate on food.

No, I don't work for them, but I love going there.

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Old 09-18-2006, 08:56 PM   #2
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Any other good brew pubs in Iowa? I was born and raised till I was in grade school in Marshalltown. I try to go back and visit la familia every couple years.

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Old 09-18-2006, 08:58 PM   #3
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My wife talks about wanting to move back to Algona, Iowa where her family is from. I told her "OK", as long as I can open a brewpub.

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Iowa's not the best territory for outstanding brewpubs, in my opinion. There are a couple in Des Moines that are alright (but nothing to write home about), and the same is true of the few other large cities. The Quad Cities area (Davenport/Moline) is better: Front Street in Davenport is pretty good, and the Bent River Brewing Company in Moline (IL) is great.

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Old 02-19-2007, 03:01 AM   #5
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My wife talks about wanting to move back to Algona, Iowa where her family is from. I told her "OK", as long as I can open a brewpub.

Cheese,

When you get ready to open in Algona, let me know...I'll be there!

I would agree that here in Iowa we don't have the best options for brew pubs. Part of the problem is the alcohol restrictions the state puts on. It's difficult to purchase any beer over 8% alcohol in the stores because the state regulates it, and if a small shop wants to purchase something in that range they have to purchase huge amounts.

As far as brewpubs go, Cedar Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids does a good job, as well as Raccoon River Brewing Company in Des Moines. There's also a micro brew bar in Des Moines called el Bait Shop that doesn't brew, but has 105 micro brews on tap! Great place.

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Where is that in Ames?

I lived there from 1994-2002. It sure could have used a good brewpub then!

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Don't go to Brick Town in Dubuque. It is a restaurant micro brewery that has expensive food and warm beer.

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Don't go to Brick Town in Dubuque. It is a restaurant micro brewery that has expensive food and warm beer.
Warm beer is the best kind! Well more like room temperature. I find that most restaurants serve their beer way too cold. The cold covers up a lot of the aroma and flavor of the beer. Isn't that what drinking beer is all about?
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I realize some beers are good at room temp and that some people like it this way. But! If this place wants to cater to the 1% that likes warm beer they can do that and go out of business or they can turn down the temp. a little(a lot). This place only gets tourists because my friends that live in the area don't go there because of the warm beer. Bottom line, no repeat business from locals.

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Where is that in Ames?

I lived there from 1994-2002. It sure could have used a good brewpub then!
It's just down the street from Great Plains Sauce and Dough!
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