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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 is pleased to announce the details of the Sixth Annual Iowa Craft Brew Festival, which will be held on Saturday, June 18, from 1-5 p.m. in the 200 block of East 3rd Street in downtown Des Moines.

Over 45 Iowa breweries, along with a host of regional and national craft breweries, will be featured at this year’s festival, which is one of the flagship events of Des Moines Beer Week (June 17-25). 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 Taproom, Formaro Stuffed, Melts without Borders, Over the Top, and Forefathers Bacon; educational seminars; street shenanigans from Josh Peters' Dangerous Fun Show; Human Foosball; 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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
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 29.

Advance VIP – $40

Advance General Admission – $30

Designated Driver – $5



To ensure your safe ride home, we've partnered with Uber to bring a special promo code for $20 off your first ride for new Uber customers. 

Use the promo code BEERIOWA when you download the app for saving on your first ride!



An ICBF Warm-Up Party will take place at Exile Brewing Company on Friday, June 17, 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, Doll Distributing, Lazer 103.3, Uber, Rework Enterprises, and Formaro's Stuffed. 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. 4. Admission includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples. Food will be available on site, and music will be provided by Airwave.


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.

Sponsored by:





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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 2016 conference will be hosted by Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville, Iowa on Nov. 5.

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.

The Brewers Association's Quality Ambassador Dick Cantwell will deliver the closing keynote address: "The Future of Craft Depends on Quality." Additional topics confirmed for this year include next level social media, Human Resources, microscope skills, a panel discussion on packaging, and more.

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. 28).



8-9 am: CHECK-IN at Peace Tree Root Cellar (coffee & doughnuts)

8 am-5 pm: Trade Show at Peace Tree Root Cellar/Barrel Room

9-9:45 am: Welcome Keynote at Grand Theater —Diana Cochrane, ISU Extension

“Iowa Hops: an Industry Update”



BUSINESS/MARKETING                                             TECHNICAL BREWING

10-10:45 am:

“From Hire to Fire: Employment                                “Too Much of a Good Thing: a Sensible

     Issues for New Employers”                                   Guide to Hop Contracting"

Maggie Hanson, Davis Brown Law                              Chris German, BSG


11-11:45 am:  

“Working with the Media”                                       “Microscope How-to” (limited space)

 J. Wilson, IBG                                                             Dan Weber, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery                      


11:45 am-1:15 pm: LUNCH (in the Root Cellar) (provided)

12:30-12:45 pm: Care about water quality? Join us for an optional lunch-and-learn with Mark Doll, who will talk briefly about the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. (in the Root Cellar)



BUSINESS/MARKETING                                              TECHNICAL BREWING

1:15-2 pm:

“Label Design Best Practices”                                  “Microscope How-to” (limited space)

Rachel Abel & Melissa Carlson, 818 Design              Dan Weber, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery


2:15-3 pm:

“Social Media 201”                                                      So You Want to Package Beer”

Ben McDougal, Flite Brite                                             Chris Priebe, Millstream Brewing Co.

                                               Tyson Arp, Nebraska Brewing Co.

                                                                                      Joe Kesteloot, Peace Tree Brewing Co.


3:30-4:15 pm: IBG Membership Meeting in the Root Cellar (members only)

4:30-5:30 pm: CLOSING KEYNOTE at Grand Theater—Dick Cantwell, Brewers Association

“The Future of Craft Depends on Quality”

5:30-7 pm: Dinner (on your own)

7 pm-?: Tippling Time (everyone’s welcome)





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


Tour de Tanks


Tour de Tanks


In conjunction with American Craft Beer Week, over 50 IBG member breweries open their doors to beer lovers for a daylong series of free VIP tours of their facilities.

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.

Stay tuned for details on the 2017 Tour de Tanks!

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...