The Iowa Journal looks at the growth of the beer industry in Iowa.
Nationally, the number of small, independent microbreweries and brew pubs has grown to more than 1,540. Some of that growth has occurred in Iowa, where craft breweries have popped up in towns of all sizes including Ames, Des Moines, Davenport, Amana, Northwood and Shenandoah.
The Iowa Journal visited Old Main Brewery & Restaurant in Ames. The company boasts it has doubled production every year since opening in 2004 and now distributes beer across the state. The Iowa Journal also visited Beer Crazy, a retail specialty beer and home brew supply store located in Urbandale.
In the studio to discuss what's brewing in the Iowa beer industry are three guests: Dave Coy, president of the Iowa Brewers Guild and head brewer at Raccoon River Brewing Company in Des Moines; Doug Alberhasky, store manager and "bier guy" at John’s Grocery in Iowa City; and Tim Hynds, chief photographer and beer writer for the Sioux City Journal.
This episode of The Iowa Journal also features an excerpt of a speech by author and film maker Peter Hedges. The West Des Moines native first gained national attention with his book “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” which was later made into a movie. Here, he shares a story about his brother.