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Because we like to have fun and learn about beer just as much as you do, the Iowa Brewers Guild organizes a number of special events throughout the year.  These events include the Iowa Craft Brew Festival, Festival of Iowa Beers, Tour de Tanks, and i-Best. 

Mark your calendar and join us!


Iowa Craft Brew Festival


Iowa Craft Brew Festival

The Iowa Brewers Guild's 7th annual Iowa Craft Brew Festival will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 1-5 p.m. in the 200 block of East 3rd Street in downtown Des Moines.

One of the flagship events of Des Moines Beer Week, this year's fest will feature over 50 Iowa breweries, along with a host of regional and national craft breweries. Participating breweries will be pouring unlimited beer tastes of approximately 300 beers, including a variety of limited release brews.

In addition to an array of outstanding beers, the ICBF will feature food from Ceviche Bar, Iowa TaproomMelts without Borders, Over the Top, Molly's Cupcakes, and Forefathers Bacon; and, for goodness sakes--we'll even have an app for you to download soon (stay tuned)!

A limited number of VIP pass holders get exclusive early access into the festival to beat the crowds from 1-2 p.m., as well as a special tasting glass. General admission ticket holders can enter the festival grounds at 2 p.m. Designated driver tickets are available for $5.

This event will sell out—no day-of tickets will be available.

2017 BEER LIST (updated 6/12/17)

Saturday, June 17, 2017
VIP 1-5 p.m.
General Admission 2-5 p.m.
Downtown Des Moines – 200 block of E. 3rd Street (entry gate at intersection of Walnut & E. 3rd)

Share your tweets and photos with these hashtags: #ICBF, #DSMBW and #IAbeer.


Tickets will be available via Tikly. Tickets go on sale on April 28.

Advance VIP – $40

Advance General Admission – $30

Designated Driver – $5




An ICBF Warm-Up Party will take place at Confluence Brewing Company on Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m. The Warm-Up Party will be attended by a number of the festival’s participating brewers, and the public is invited to join in the revelry.


The Iowa Craft Brew Festival is brought to you by the following: Iowa Taproom, Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board, Davis Brown Law, Edwards Graphic Arts, Iowa Public Radio, Hub City Mobile, Melts Without BordersDoll Distributing, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, Renewal by Andersen, and Lazer 103.3. If you have the opportunity, please thank and support them for their commitment to the Iowa brewing industry.


Festival of Iowa Beers


Festival of Iowa Beers

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The Festival of Iowa Beers is the state's longest running beer festival held each year on the Sunday before Labor Day at Millstream Brewing Company in Amana. Debuting in 2005 with 300 attendees sampling beers from eight Iowa breweries, today, FoIB attendance is capped at 1,200 while featuring over 30 Iowa breweries. 

The fest runs from 1-5 pm on Sunday, Sept. 3. Admission includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples. Food and live music will be provided.

Tickets ($25 in advance and $30 day-of) are available at Millstream's tasting room or online here.

This event is for 21+ only and all tickets are non-refundable.

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A daylong education and outreach conference for IBG members as well as the general public, i-BEST (Iowa Brewers Education Seminar and Tippling) is packed with useful brewing and beer business information. The 2017 conference will be hosted by Worth Brewing Company in Northwood, Iowa on Nov. 4.

I-BEST has something for everyone. For those already in the craft brewing industry, content addresses issues on technical brewing as well as business and marketing. Homebrewers looking to improve their skills will find helpful information, and those planning a brewery or looking to transition into the industry will also benefit. Breakout sessions allow attendees to chose between seminars on the business/marketing side of the industry or technical brewing.

Along with seminars on brewery insurance, maintenance, content marketing, photography, and more, the 2017 closing keynote address will be delivered by Rebecca Newman of Summit Brewing Company.

In addition to a full day of beer and brewing education, i-BEST includes morning refreshments, lunch, networking with IBG Allied trade members & sponsors, and tippling.


INVESTMENT: $50/IBG members or $75/non-members

Registration: here (through Oct. 27).





Interested in becoming an i-BEST sponsor? Click here for more information, and contact J. Wilson at jwilson@iowabeer.org.

Iowa Brewers Olympics


Iowa Brewers Olympics

Iowa Brewers Olympics


Iowa Brewers Olympics

Part of Cedar Rapids Beer Week, the inaugural Iowa Brewers Olympics will take place at Lion Bridge Brewing Company on Friday, May 12, 2017. Come watch 10 Iowa breweries vie for superiority in a series of events designed to test both palates and speed of moving grain from pallet to pallet. And a whole artistic palette of other fun events.

The fun kicks of at 3 p.m. Come root for your favorite team and enjoy beers from the participants: Backpocket, Big Grove, Confluence, Firetrucker, Iowa Brewing, Lark, Lion Bridge, Peace Tree, Quarter Barrel, and SingleSpeed.


Tour de Tanks


Tour de Tanks


In conjunction with American Craft Beer Week, 60 IBG member breweries open their doors to beer lovers for a daylong series of free VIP tours of their facilities on Saturday, May 20.

Join us for a backstage pass into the brewing process--complete with samples of beer mid- and post-production. Tour de Tanks offers a special opportunity to learn from the brewers who are making the Iowa brewing scene so exciting, so plan your day well (and recruit a designated driver) so that you can tour the fermentation tanks of multiple Iowa breweries in one flavor-filled day!


Tours will take place between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., with each brewery setting its own schedule and tour size limit.

Available specifics below:

515 Brewing: Tours 1-5pm

Albia Brewing: TBD

Alluvial Brewing: Tours at 3pm and 4pm

Another Road Brewing: TBD

Backpocket (Coralville): Tour at 3pm

Barn Town Brewing: Tours 11-5pm, every half hour; $1 off apps and $5 flights from 11am-4pm

Big Grove Brewery (Iowa City & Solon): TBD

Big Rack Brew Haus: Tours as needed throughout the day

Boone Valley Brewing: Tour at 3pm.

Broad Street Brewing: Tours as needed between 1pm & 3pm

CIB Brewery: TBD

Contrary Brewing: Tours at 1pm & 3pm; free pint during tour

Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing: Tours at noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm; free tastes after tour & $1 off your first post-tour pint

Exile Brewing: TBD

Fat Hill Brewing: Tours at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Firetrucker Brewery: Tours on the hour, 1-5pm (limit 15 people/tour); $1 off Uptown IPA pints all day

Flix Brewhouse: Tours at noon and 3pm; free Flix glassware to tour attendees

Fox Brewing: TBD

Franklin Street Brewing: TBD

Front Street Brewery (taproom location at 421 W. River Dr.): Tours at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. (signup sheet available)

Granite City (Clive, Cedar Rapids, & Davenport): TBD

Granite City (Ellsworth): Open for tours from 1-3pm.

Great River Brewery: TBD

Iowa Brewing: TBD

Iowa City Brewlab: TBD

Jackson Street Brewing: TBD

Kalona Brewing: Tours 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Keg Creek Brewing: Tours at 4pm & 5pm

Lake Time Brewery: Tours at 2pm & 4pm at the new production facility: 2401 Main Avenue

Lark Brewing: TBD

Lost Duck Brewery: TBD

Madhouse Brewing: Tours at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm; $9 flights of flagship beers

Mason City Brewing: Tours noon-11pm; $10 for 8-sample flight

Millstream Brewing: Tours at 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Mistress Brewing: Tours 11am-5pm

New American Brewing: Tours on the hour from 1-4pm. Limit 10/ tour. Check in at the bar.

Okoboji Brewing: TBD

Olde Main Brewing: TBD

Parkside Brewing: Tours on the hour from 1-5pm

Pulpit Rock Brewing: TBD

Quarter Barrel Brewing: Tours on the hour, 11am-5pm

Reclaimed Rails Brewing: Tours at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm

ReUnion Brewery: TBD

River Ridge Brewing: Tours at 1pm & 2pm; enjoy 5-ounce taster during the tour

Rock Bottom Brewing: TBD

SingleSpeed (Waterloo): Tours every half hour between 1pm & 4pm. Tours limited to 15 people.

Sign up at the bar (first come, first served)

Third Base Brewery: Tour at noon

Torrent Brewing: Tours at 1pm & 2 pm.

Twisted Vine Brewery: Tours on the hour from 1-7pm; brand-new Session Brown Ale will be tapped at 1pm

V’s Brewpub: TBD

West O Beer: Tour at 1pm; free pint during tour

Worth Brewing: TBD

Share your experience with the #IAbeer & #TourdeTanks hashtags!

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Great River Firkin Fest


Great River Firkin Fest

Save the date! Great River Brewery in Davenport will be hosting its inaugural Great River Firkin Fest on October 14, 2017. Stay tuned for more information...