Crisp and clean, dark and rich, light and refreshing… No, I’m not talking about laundry detergent scents! I’m talking about beer! Whether it’s ales, IPAs, or porters, Cedar Rapids, and the surrounding area have some fantastic local breweries worth checking out. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites below!
30 Hop – 951 Blairs Ferry Road, Cedar Rapids
30hop revels in being unique yet approachable by providing constantly rotating craft beers, seasonal menus, and an atmosphere about celebrating the good times!
Our Favorite: CHERRY BOMB BLONDE Fruit Beer
5.4% ABV • 15 IBU • Front Street Brewery (IA)
BIT Brewery – 26 4th St North, Central City
BIT Stands for Best In Three, and you will find that theme throughout the brewery. They are a proud small town and serve great pizza in addition to their custom brews.
Our Favorite: BOYSON BERRY SOUR Sour – Fruited
4.3% ABV • 15 IBU
Clock House Brewing – 600 1st St SE, Cedar Rapids
Clock House is an excellent addition to the Cedar Rapids downtown landscape. It is located in a historic clock house building that is over 100 years old!
Our Favorite: CEDAR RAPIDS PALE ALE Pale Ale – American
5.8% ABV • N/A IBU
House Divided Brewery – 1620 Dows St, Ely
What could be more fitting for Iowa than a brewery whose name is inspired by the state’s biggest rivals under the same roof?! The couple who opened this brewery was inspired by their dueling Christmas card.
Our Favorite: FLOGGING MOLLY Irish Red Ale
5.7% ABV • 12 IBU
Iowa Brewing Company – 708 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
This local brewery taproom has craft beer, board games, an outdoor patio, and regular live music! What else could you want?
Our Favorite: SURF ZOMBIES India Pale Ale
6.90% ABV • 80 IBU
Lion Bridge Brewing Company – 59 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids
Lion Bridge produces artisan beer in the Czech Village. They have anywhere up to 15 Lion Bridge Brews available at a time and a “beer-centric” food and appetizer meal to accompany them.
Our Favorite: ORANGE RADLER Light Golden Ale
3.6% ABV • brewed with house-made orange soda!
Third Base Brewery – 500 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Cedar Rapids
This tavern-style pub has over 45 TVs and has been around since 1996. They have their own brews as well as a rotating seasonal menu. In addition, they have a party room available for reservation and great weekday happy hour specials.
Our Favorite: GOLDEN HAWK WHEAT ALE
5.0% ABV • 13 IBU
The Quarter Barrel Arcade and Brewery – 616 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
The Quarter Barrel combines food, beer, and fun. They have 24 beers on draft, half of which are produced in-house.
Our Favorite: BANK HEIST ESB American ESB
5.8% ABV • N/A IBU
Have a favorite brewery that isn’t on our list? Let Us Know! Cheers!
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