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Friday, February 2, 2018

The Best Iowa Beers For Your Big Game Party | 2018




There's a big football game this weekend and if your party includes eight of your closest beer buddies this post might not be for you. If you're surrounded by neighbors or work friends, maybe you should read on. Let's talk about the best Iowa craft beers available today for you at your party for those North American Light Beer drinkers. There's plenty of fresh local options that come in a can or bottle that may open their eyes to what Iowa has to offer.

PEACE TREE MILE LONG LAGER
Here is an American Lager proudly brewed in Iowa and without corn or rice substitution in the malt. The beer was recently released and very fresh. The malts provide a sweetness that mirrors a cream ale but without the corn. It comes in around the 5% ABV so your Bud drinking buddies won't venture far from their comfort zone.

IOWA BREWING COMPANY TRAGEDY OF THE COMMON
Here's a new option for Central Iowa folks as Iowa Brewing just dropped their first shipment into the metro. It's been available on the Eastern side of the state for a year or so. If you're in Central Iowa, you can impress your friends and have a topic of conversation about what's new around your local Wine and Spirits. Tragedy of the Common is a California steam beer and won a Silver medal at the 2016 GABF Awards if you really want to build some cul-de-sac cred. Like Mile Long Lager, it's a nice 4.9% ABV.

DECORAH MADE TOPPLING GOLIATH PSEUDO SUE
Now, this may be taking a chance with naive palates as the Citra hops are pretty explosive in this fresh batch of Iowa's most famous beer (and hope there's not floaties). The downside to guests passing is you have more for yourself. Of course! Pseudo Sue is nothing new to Iowa beer drinkers but the cans produced in Decorah is and boom! you have four hours of conversation topic when you introduce the Florida vs Decorah Sue debate to your guests.

CONFLUENCE IMOGENE RED IRISH ALE
Fresh as of yesterday, Imogene brings an Irish Amber to the table for those friends that had talked about visiting Ireland once. The Irish Red moves away from those hop flavors and relies on heavy, bready malts on the tongue. This beer has a back story too, named after a small Iowa town. Read up on that and impress your kid's friend's parents.

EXILE ZOLTAN SESSION IPA
If the Decorah Sue is too hoppy (again, good your you), perhaps water it down some with the Zoltan. It's a "session" IPA that comes in at a nice 4.9% and would be a solid gateway beer to those attendees that already exclaimed they hate IPAs. Zoltan has tropical flavors from the Citra and Mandarina hops and may just be a beer to pull out before the Sue. Sort of a warm-up act, if you will.


EXILE BDB PILS
Sticking with Exile, another solid option is their BDB Pils. Exile released this Barrett Boesen Foundation collaboration last October so it's still around. It's made in the traditional German style with Saphir hops that give off a crisp, lemon-y flavor in the beer. It's an easy drinking 4.5% and can replace any import label on the shelf for almost half the price.

BACKPOCKET NEWBO PILSNER
Finally, Backpocket has a Pilsner but made with in traditional Czech style. The Newbo district is in Cedar Rapids and the beer honors that neighborhood. Interestingly, this beer comes in at 6% ABV and is the highest ABV on our list. So, take it easy grandma and put your shirt back on.


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