Obviously quite new, the brewpub is located next to a Marriott Hotel in the hospital area of the University of Iowa. The decor is kind of industrial but with exposed brick and oak. Overall its a bit sterile and engineered, but pleasant enough. My visit was in January. WIth temperatures in the single digits, the outdoor seating area had been rolled up for the winter. Beeers were pretty good with a couple of standouts -- Blood on the Blade and Ziegengott. Just a couple minutes off I-80, this place is worth a visit if you are passing through.
Nice little joint near Iowa City. A dozen of their own various types of beers on tap. Stouts, IPAs, porters, and bocks they brew it all. I enjoyed their Double IPA, Cane Blade while visiting. Nice ambiance friendly service and wood fired pizza, what’s not to like.
Decent little place that is more industrial than their location suggests, complete with most of the brewing floor and apparatus in plain view from the moment you enter the front door. There’s just a bar and a handful of tables, with staff that have been friendly and talkative every time I’ve stopped in. The beer lineup is solid as well, though I haven’t tried their food menu.
We were driving through on our way home to Indiana from Utah, and this spot had easy access from I-80. We came through pretty late, after the kitchen had closed, so it wasn’t busy. Our bartender was very knowledgeable, and we ended up swapping email addresses for a future beer trade. The beer was solid, although I didn’t try anything I would call outstanding. Still, I thought they were doing a good job in a state where craft beer is still in it’s fledgling stages. I was really sorry to see Pepsi had a bad experience here ... now that some time has passed, maybe give it another try dude?
Obviously lots of money, pretty and well situated with a top notch brewery. Nice bar space with a great patio. Good service, but lacking real beer knowledge. Beer is decent, but they have mastered hops and do hoppy beers very well. Fresh hand made pizza to order, but I didn’t eat. They have a bad stigma, but in would go again.
Polished steel and dark wood give this industrial setting a warm feel. The service by our bartender was attentive and prompt, the beers are a mixed bag, and the food was good standard pub fare. It was worth a stop as we were passing through from Cincinnati.
The ambiance is OK, but the place is new and has the industrial feel of the brewery more than that of a pub. I liked it, because I am a homebrewer, but maybe others might not. The outdoor area was nice. The service was laid back, but the staff were knowledgeable and helpful. The lineup featured mostly their own brews, and there was a wide range to select from. Backpocket makes very drinkable beers. Event the barleywine was smooth and clean. Don’t go looking for something edgy or weird here. The food was good and fairly priced. Mostly pub food, but the menu was fun and varied. The brewmaster was very busy when I arrived, but he made time for a wonderful brewery tour. I could tell that he had a million other things going on, but he still made the time to show us around. We spent about an hour with him. Overall it was a very pleasant time. The bar and brewery staff were great. I hope to stop by again the next time I am in town.
ajnepple (179) Denver, Colorado | March 29, 2014| Updated June 28, 2017
Brewpub located in Coralville right off of I-80. Not surprisingly, it was pretty dead at 11 AM on a Wednesday. The bartender was nice and knowledgeable, good service. They had 9 of their own beers on tap, plus a Schlafly guest tap. 10 tasters for $12. A few of them were pretty good. The ambiance was nice, clean and new looking interior. Primus playing on the radio. Probably a good place to stop and eat if you’re driving through on the interstate. I will come back next time I’m in IA. Go Hawks! Update: The beers are getting better +2 bump.