United States > Iowa > Amana
jcnielsen (138) Kansas City, Missouri | May 11, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite brewery in Iowa. I had some pretty good german beers here. I would say that one of the downsides is that the seating inside isnít that great (basically picnic tables) and they serve the sample in clear plastic cups (rather than actual glassware). But overall, a cool brewpub to visit in Iowa.
KAF (100) Coralville, Iowa | January 27, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice atmosphere set in a small German town setting. Patio is nice to have a beer on in the summer time and the staff have always been kind. The beer is average, nothing bad, but definitely nothing to write home about. It is a local brewery so I will continue to show my support.
tronraner (109) Walland, Tennessee | September 21, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 9/20
Very touristy. Offputtingly so. Some of the beers are decent, and Iím a sucker for craft rootbeer, so at least thereís that. But in a gift shop full of kitschy glassware, they serve beer in plastic cups. Employees seemed annoyed that anyone was there and were not particularly friendly. The outdoor biergarten seating is pretty nice, or would have been if they werenít blasting silly German drinking music. This place was ok, but itís more for the tourist than the beer enthusiast.
emperorsled (2) Aledo, Illinois | April 18, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice place with usually around 5 beers available at any given time. They also make their own pop: root beer, cream soda, and black cherry. The ambiance is nice and the decor wonderful but it is a little small. If thereís more than 6 or so people it can start to get crowded. An update to a lot of the earlier reviews, they do have an indoor seating area now. Maybe only a half dozen tables or so, but it makes it nicer to stop by in the colder months. The staff is always knowledgeable and wonderful. You can get glasses or pitchers to sit and relax or buy 6 packs or growlers to take home. Bring the growler back and fill it up next time. Two growlers and a towel fit pretty nicely into a regular Playmate cooler for those longer drives or the hot summer months when youíre going to be spending the day walking around the town.
adnielsen (325) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
My personal favorite brewery in Iowa. I tasted about six of their beers at the brewery and got two others to go that werenít on the sampler. Pretty good beers.
eager25 (4) Independence, Iowa | August 20, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I always make it a goal to stop here. Very friendly staff and great environment. Nice beer garden for live music and scenery. Making it there for Octoberfest for sure.
CanIHave4Beers (72) Des Moines, Iowa | October 28, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I like to stop in here now and again, all their beers are very good and the building is quaint and very nicely decorated. There are no tours, but the staff will talk with you about anything. When the weather permits they have a nice beer garden.
3fourths (1082) StraŖgiech, Germany | January 9, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Amana Brewing is located in the main Amana Colony, and driving in you get the entire visual tour of the colony as the brewery is at the end of the drive, located in a small wooden building near the factory, so essentially you just follow the smokestack to reach the brewery. We visited in the winter, so the patio out front wasnít in use, but it appears that they have a few tables and chairs for the tourists and visitors to sit and enjoy a drink, because, frankly, the inside is an uncomfortable place to drink. Itís a tasting room with a small bar, and if itís busy youíll find yourself shoulder-to-shoulder with other folks. Large windows let you peer into the brewery, and the taproom is adorned in brewania and gifts: steins, bottles, shirts and hats, with historic brewery artificats and decorations lining the walls above your head. Whatís available depends on the season, but on tap in December was the wheat, IPA, vienna, stout, and Johnís Generation witbier, and bottles of each of these were for sale as well. You can either sample for free (please tip) or buy a plastic cup pint for around $2.75, which really is a great deal. I picked up a couple of swing-top 1 L bottles for $7 each (fantastic deal if you homebrew or handbottle), and I left with a greater appreciation for this brewery, simply because I like they way they operate and I like their setup
Dansting (114) Overland Park, Kansas | August 1, 2007| Updated April 20, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Located in the Amana Colonies, which I guess is a touristy place. I wouldnít have gone there except for the beer, but thatís just me. The place itself was really small, and when we were there, it was kinda crowded. The guy behind the taps was friendly and gave me one ounce samples when I requested, and the beers themselves werenít that expensive. They were all ok. The ones I had were not by any means bad, but nothing I had to stock up on and bring home. I would not drive to again while driving along I-80 for the beer, but if I ever got to the point in my life where the Amana Colonies seemed like fun to me, Iíd stop back in.
dbriw (1) | July 30, 2007| Updated April 20, 2013
22 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 3/20
You have to know what you like when you go in to buy or you can try a 14 oz. cup of any brew they have for $2.75.
I will say the German Pilsner is refreshing and has a crisp taste.
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