Check out Lion Bridge Brewing Company, an award winning brewery in the heart of Czech Village. There are typically seven year-round beers on tap — including the ever popular Compensation, a dark mild brew — and several seasonal options to enjoy. The cover the full range, from classic to avant-garde brews, and you may discover an unexpected flavor. Their food menu, which is ever changing, is notable and delicious as well. The taproom is hopping with a full line-up of special events, including classes on cooking with beer, creating your own beer stein, new beer launches and live music. lionbridgebrewing.com
Also on the west side of the Cedar River, you’ll find one of the new kids on the brewing block, Thew Brewing Company. Opened in 2017, this quaint brewery offers a full lineup of handcrafted beers and even their own kombucha. While they don’t serve food on site, guests are allowed to bring in outside food. They also offer taproom yoga on Sunday mornings for those that want to find their Zen and enjoy a pint. thewbrew.com
Across the river, you’ll find Iowa Brewing Company, nestled between the NewBo neighborhood and downtown. They produce a number of beers in house — including Iowa Eagle, a crisp light lager and Bohemian Rapids, a Czech pilsner. While they don’t serve food at Iowa Brewing Company, you can often find a food truck or two pulled outside on busy weekends. Their large outdoor patio is especially fun in warm weather months. iowabrewing.beer
Housed in the resurrected 102 year old Clock House Building, the brew pub can be found in its own space within Black Sheep Social Club. Clock House brews a wide variety of beers including Clockeyed- a Belgian Wit and Witch Slapped – New England IPA. Hungry? They’ll serve up some tasty wings and apps from Black Sheep. clockhousebrewing.com
A few blocks away is Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery. Sure, they serve great beers, with about a dozen of their own brews on the menu. But they also cook up spectacular pizza (often named after video game characters) and other inventive menu options—don’t pass up the crab cake sandwich. Of course, you’ll stay for the arcade games, everything from classic pinball to vintage Tron, Mortal Kombat 2 and Pac-Man. thequarterbarrel.com
On the northeast side of town you’ll find one of the longest established breweries in Cedar Rapids. Third Base Brewery opened in 1996 and has been hand crafting their beers since. They also offer a full menu and the most traditional restaurant experience of any of the breweries in town. You can also shoot pool or play darts. With 20 some big screen TVs throughout the brewery, it’s a great place to catch a game. thirdbasebrew.com
Pedal for a Pint
A cool new vehicle is hitting the streets in Cedar Rapids as soon as the weather warms up. The DoubleTree Express, a people-powered pedal bike, The bike holds a total of 14 people (21 and older only please) and can be rented for bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding parties of team building. Although current Iowa state laws do not allow riders to drink or transport alcohol while on the pedal bike, riders can certainly pedal their way around downtown for a bar crawl. It’s equipped with Bluetooth so you can blast tunes while you ride and there’s motor assist if the pedaling becomes too tough. Ask the Doubletree Hotel for a suggested route or blaze your own trail. Call 319-731-4444.